[Submitted news release.]
The 2009 White Pine County Fire and Ice Festival, held at Cave Lake State Park January 17-18, is going to be a sight to behold. This year the festival will begin with the 100th birthday celebration of this nation’s best preserved short line railroad with steam engine #93.
On Saturday January 17, 2009, at 5:00 pm the train will pull out of the station in Ely, Nevada along with two cars filled with passengers and one VIP car. The passengers will be given an hour long tour of the area, and then on their way back into Ely, fireworks will go off from the train itself — a never seen before event
There will also be a train ride the following morning, Sunday January 18th, at 9:30. Both are open to the public.
The Fire and Ice Festival has been recognized by the American Bus Association as one of the Top 100 events in North America for the past two years, and draws hundreds of people to the state park located in White Pine County. The festival has become a competition for the best snow and ice creations. What started out as one man sculpting a trout on top of a frozen lake has turned into a nationally known festival.
The snow and ice sculpting competition will be held all day on January 17 and 18 followed by a final fireworks display on the lake at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. The first prize winner of the snow and ice sculpting contest will receive $1,000.