Fire and Ice Festival kicked off Friday, could help businesses who have struggled during the pandemic

DELAWARE- The Fire and Ice Festival is back for it’s fourth year in Delaware, and with many events being cancelled this past year due to the pandemic, this aims to be a financial gain for businesses.

“We really are just hoping for not only the community to come together but people from all over Delaware,” Lauren Weaver, the Executive Director of Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, said.

This year’s festival involves 70 businesses and 4 different towns in the Bethany-Fenwick area.

Revenues from ticket sales for the tasting tours will got to benefit businesses.

Plus, there will be walking tours of the 57 sculptures with themes related to Delmarva and Superheros.

“Activities from eating, shopping, scavenger hunts, painting,” Weaver said.

Weaver said due to COVID they have broken up the sculpture sites into many spots this year.

One of those places being Salted Vines Vineyard and Winery.

“We have decided to do three secret wine drinks that we are going to put through our luge that we are doing,” Katie Duke, the General Manger at Salted Vines Vineyard and Winery, said.

Duke said business has been decent during the pandemic, but creativity has been a huge help.

“I think keeping things fun and unique in the area has been a really strong thing to being successful during COVID,” Duke said.

And that’s why Duke says events like the Fire and Ice Festival support business even more.

“Some of the events we normally do towards the beginning of the year we haven’t been able to due to COVID, so we are just excited having something where we can say come out we have this great event going on,” Duke said.

On Saturday, the winery will have music and Barn Hill Preserve will be there.

We are told they will have a giveaway basket for a raffle, which includes wine slushies, homemade candles, and more.

The festival will run until Sunday.

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