CLARKS SUMMIT — The wild west is coming to town, entering with a nighttime parade, complete with floats, fire trucks, a trolley, Olaf the snowman, juggling, a live ice sculpture carving and more.
The Abington Business and Professional Association’s (ABPA) 12th Annual Clarks Summit Festival of Ice, themed “Frozen Frontier” will begin with a Family Fun Faire at 6 p.m. at the Abington Heights School District Administration Building on Grove Street. The parade will end at that same location, after kicking off from Spring Street and moving south on South State Street.
According to ABPA Executive Director Laura Ancherani, although the Festival of Ice started in 2004, the annual parade and Family Fun Faire first made their appearances as part of the festival in 2009. Back then, the parade served as a “grand entrance,” literally welcoming the ice to town, as the carvers delivered the frozen blocks. As the event evolved over the years, however, the parade was changed from Thursday evening to Friday evening and it became a kick-off for the entire festival.
As its name suggests, the Family Fun Faire is a fun evening geared toward children and families.
“It’s a fun kick-off to the weekend and all the activities are free,” Ancherani said.
In previous years, the event was held on both floors of the borough building. This year, however, all Family Fun Faire activities will be housed in the gymnasium of the school administration building. The evening will include free facepainting, a craft with Abington Art Studio, a DJ, Rob Smith the juggler and more. Another favorite from years past, Chris Arcangelo will tell stories to the younger children.
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