From fashion shows to renaissance faires and from circus animals to comic cons, the Clarks Summit Festival of Ice has featured a vast array of activities and themes since its inception in 2005. This year’s Abington Business and Professional Association event is themed “Frozen Frontier.”
Here’s a look at the event throughout the years:
2015 — Princes and princesses, mermaids, enchanted castles, glass slippers and evil queens were all part of the “Frozen Fairy Tales” that lined the streets of downtown Clarks Summit. A favorite among children and adults alike was Olaf, the snowman from the movie “Frozen,” who wandered the festival, greeting visitors.
2014 — It was a musical year, with the theme of “Rock ‘n’ Ice.” Although the headlining musical attraction, an EagleMania concert, was forced off the schedule by a major snowstorm, the event still continued with local bands, plenty of rock-n-roll themed ice sculptures and traditional ice fest activities.
2013 — The theme of “Subzero Superheroes” brought a unique activity to that year’s festival: a comic con, featuring in-person the talents of Neal Adams, comic book artist best known for his work with DC Comics and Marvel Comics; Chris Ring, a writer and illustrator of CarbonKnight and Jason Lenox, known for his work for Viper Comics, Wyrlwynd’s Kantara Comic and more.
2012 — The year of “The Frozen Games” featured Olympic-themed activities, such as a My Gym Olympic Competition for the kids; a meet-and-greet time with former Olympian Abigail Peck, of Waverly, who participated in the 1984 Los Angeles and 1988 Seoul Olympics as a rower; an interactive “Olympic Story” play and more.
2011 — “A Moment Frozen in Time” celebrated the Borough of Clarks Summit’s centennial.
2010 — The “Ice Under the Big Top” theme included animals, clowns, popcorn and cotton candy and just about anything else one would expect at the circus. A ringmaster contest was held, which was won by two Clarks Summit children, Faith Bennett and Grace Okrepkie.
2009 — “Hear ye, hear ye!” That year’s festival featured “A Frozen Renaissance Faire,” complete with Middle Ages re-enactments, demonstrations and more.
2008 — “A Night at the Movies” brought some Hollywood fun to the Abingtons, with more than 50 ice sculptures, movie trivia games, a celebrity look-alike contest and plenty of other red carpet events.
2007 — “Trip Around the World” in 2007 featured more than 40 ice sculptures, representing worldwide attractions and history, such as the Leaning Tower of Pisa, a viking ship, the Golden Gate Bridge, Big Ben and more.
2006 — “Winter Wonderland in the Abingtons,” the second annual event, included more than double the ice sculptures of the inaugural year, along with a variety of interactive activities, concerts and food offerings that would soon become festival traditions.
2005 — The first Clarks Summit Festival of Ice was themed “Wild About the Abingtons,” and featured 16 ice sculptures of wild animals and more.
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