Preparations for the annual Michigan Ice Festival
The Michigan Ice Fest starts the morning of Wednesday, February 15 in Munising.
The Ice Climbing Festival attracts climbers from all over the country. 600 climbers have already registered with many more expected to register once the festival starts. Classes, demonstrations, and workshops fill the five day festival. The festival headquarters are in a new location this year. They're now operating out of the Munising Community Center, after outgrowing their previous location.
“The Michigan Ice Fest is the oldest ice climbing festival in the country, and it started over 30 years ago here in Munising, Michigan,” said Bill Thompson, Festival Organizer. “We really come here because of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. It is a premier area for ice climbing.”
If you are interested in watching, you should go to the headquarters in the Community Center where a shuttle provided by the city will take you out to the climbing locations. The festival runs through Sunday afternoon.