This week in local history: Remembering 11 years of ice in Clarks Summit


Compiled by Elizabeth Baumeister - ebaumeister@timesleader.com



The first Clarks Summit Festival of Ice, held in 2005, featured 16 ice sculptures with the theme ‘Wild About the Abingtons.’ A dozen festivals later, this year’s theme is ‘Frozen Frontier,’ and includes more than 50 sculptures.


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Emily Carpenter and Sarah Frantz, both of Clarks Summit, pose in front of a hot air balloon ice sculpture during the 2010 Clarks Summit Festival of Ice, themed ‘Ice Under the Big Top.’


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Arthur and Doris Harshman, of Clark Summit walk down State Street during the 2007 Clarks Summit Festival of Ice, themed ‘Trip Around the World.’


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Noah and Jacob Rokosz visit with DC Comics artist Neil Adams during the 2013 Clarks Summit Festival of Ice, themed ‘Subzero Superheroes.’


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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.

The first Clarks Summit Festival of Ice, held in 2005, featured 16 ice sculptures with the theme ‘Wild About the Abingtons.’ A dozen festivals later, this year’s theme is ‘Frozen Frontier,’ and includes more than 50 sculptures.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_ABJ-LH-021016-2005.jpgThe first Clarks Summit Festival of Ice, held in 2005, featured 16 ice sculptures with the theme ‘Wild About the Abingtons.’ A dozen festivals later, this year’s theme is ‘Frozen Frontier,’ and includes more than 50 sculptures. Abington Journal file photos

Emily Carpenter and Sarah Frantz, both of Clarks Summit, pose in front of a hot air balloon ice sculpture during the 2010 Clarks Summit Festival of Ice, themed ‘Ice Under the Big Top.’
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_ABJ-LH-021016-2010.jpgEmily Carpenter and Sarah Frantz, both of Clarks Summit, pose in front of a hot air balloon ice sculpture during the 2010 Clarks Summit Festival of Ice, themed ‘Ice Under the Big Top.’ Abington Journal file photos

Arthur and Doris Harshman, of Clark Summit walk down State Street during the 2007 Clarks Summit Festival of Ice, themed ‘Trip Around the World.’
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_ABJ-LH-021016-2007.jpgArthur and Doris Harshman, of Clark Summit walk down State Street during the 2007 Clarks Summit Festival of Ice, themed ‘Trip Around the World.’ Abington Journal file photos

Noah and Jacob Rokosz visit with DC Comics artist Neil Adams during the 2013 Clarks Summit Festival of Ice, themed ‘Subzero Superheroes.’
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_ABJ-LH-021016-2013.jpgNoah and Jacob Rokosz visit with DC Comics artist Neil Adams during the 2013 Clarks Summit Festival of Ice, themed ‘Subzero Superheroes.’ Abington Journal file photos

Compiled by Elizabeth Baumeister

ebaumeister@timesleader.com

Reach Elizabeth Baumeister at 570-704-3943 or on Twitter @AbingtonJournal.

Reach Elizabeth Baumeister at 570-704-3943 or on Twitter @AbingtonJournal.

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