Fire, Ice and a Historic Nevada Cannon

Award-winning outdoor snow sculpting competition comes to Ely, Nevada January 19 and 20

ELY, Nev.—The wonders of winter are coming to Ely, Nevada. What has quickly become a signature event, the White Pine Fire and Ice Show, now in its fourth year, is a highly visual, two-day snow- and ice-sculpture competition followed by a fireworks display over a frozen, high-desert lake.

The event will be held January 19 and 20 at Cave Lake State Park, 15 miles southeast of Ely.

“The White Pine Fire and Ice Show started as a small, local event but has turned into a major outdoor entertainment attraction for the western United States,” said Steve Gray, park supervisor at Cave Lake.

More than 1,000 people are expected to attend the event, which was recently named the by the American Bus Association as one of the top 100 events in North America.

Inclusion in the Top 100 list, published as a supplement to the September/October issue of Destinations magazine, said that the event offers excellent entertainment value to both tour groups and individual travelers from around the world.

Hundreds of people attended the weekend show in 2007 which featured 16 family oriented snow- and ice-sculptures up to 12-feet tall. Sculptors have the chance of winning up to $1,000 in the competition.

“The real news here is that Fire and Ice has been recognized as a potential magnet for tourism dollars at a time when reenergizing domestic tourism is so important to our spirit and our economy,” said Peter Pantuso, ABA’s president and CEO.

The fireworks display will be at 6 p.m. on Sunday, January 20. Other activities throughout the weekend include skiing, snowmobiling, ice-skating, ice fishing and the firing of a historic Nevada cannon.

“We fire the cannon as much as we can throughout the event,” Gray said.

The White Pine Fire and Ice Show is sponsored by White Pine County Tourism and Recreation Board, the Nevada Commission on Tourism and the Nevada Division of State Parks.

Call the White Pine County Tourism and Recreation Board for information: 800-496-9350.

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