Burning Snowman Fest will set winter blues ablaze

Feb 13, 2024 | Featured, Entertainment | 0 comments

Burning Snowman Fest and Family Freeze will be held at Dock’s Beach House. (Photo by Sheri Trusty)

BY SHERI TRUSTY

A 25-foot snowman is under construction at Dock’s Beach House. (Photo by Sheri Trusty)

Although unseasonably warm weather has made it feel like spring has already placed its toes in the sand, there’s still plenty of time for winter to shower Port Clinton with snow and ice. Regardless of what fickle winter does, one constant remains the same: the Burning Snowman Fest will help locals push through the winter blues with a 25-foot burning snowman.

Burning Snowman Fest 2024 will be held at Dock’s Beach House at 252 West Lakeshore Dr. in Port Clinton on Saturday, Feb. 24, from noon to 10 p.m. Live entertainment starts at 1 p.m., and the event will feature craft beer, cocktails and several food and merchandise vendors. Lateral Gig will sell Burning Snowman merch.

“The event is presented by Erie Restoration,” said Burning Snowman Fest committee member, Chassey Miller. “It’s just a big party.”

There is no parking on the Burning Snowman Fest grounds, but free shuttles will be available from many locations in Port Clinton, Catawba and Marblehead. The free shuttles can also be boarded at Firelands Winery and Bedrock Tavern in Sandusky and Silver Top Sports Bar in Fremont. The shuttles will run from 2-11 p.m.

Shuttle passengers will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a 2025 Burning Snowman package valued at $750. The winning ticket will be drawn on Saturday during the festival.

The event also serves as a fundraiser for local organizations.

“One hundred percent of the profits go to charity,” Miller said. “We donate to Kids for Christmas, Ottawa County Family Advocacy Center and Team VIAC. We also make a donation to the Port Clinton police and fire departments for all of their help throughout the weekend.”

The entertainment starts the day before when the annual Family Freeze brings burning snowman fun to kids of all ages on Friday, Feb. 23, 5-7 p.m. Kids can enjoy s’mores, hot chocolate and face painting. The event will feature live ice carving, and the Ohio Burn Unit will perform a fire dance show. Two small snowmen will be set on fire during the Family Freeze.

“We’ll have a DJ here, and Team VIAC will have a cool project for the kids,” Miller said. “Most everything at the Family Freeze is free for the kids.”

After the Family Freeze on Friday, Feb. 23, adults can enjoy the Take a Swig Bar Hop from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. SWIG Ohio will offer free shuttle rides to downtown Port Clinton bars, where participants can enjoy food, drinks and live entertainment.

For more information on Burning Snowman Fest 2024, Family Freeze and Take a Swig Bar Hop, visit the Burning Snowman Fest Facebook page.

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