Praying for colder temps

Abby Trott, left, and her sister, Tess Kavadas, play a game of table tennis on an ice table in 2015 during the Hunter Ice Festival in downtown Niles.

The weather might not seem much like winter, but two area communities are moving forward with their ice festival plans. Niles will host its 16th annual Hunter Ice Festival Jan. 17-19, while Dowagiac is holding its 24th annual Ice Time Festival on Feb. 1.

This year’s Hunter Ice festival runs Friday through Sunday, Jan. 17-19, and features a variety of activities including ice sculptures carved live by nationally known sculptors, a 5K run, the Fire & Ice event Friday night in Riverfront Park, speed carving Saturday night at the amphitheater and a chili crawl Sunday afternoon.