The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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January 22, 2014

Fire & Ice

Medina Journal-Register — ALBION — The first ever Fire & Ice Festival was held in Albion Friday night and brought out a nice size inaugural crowd.

According to Sidney Beatty, Village of Albion Program Coordinator, roughly 80 people made an appearance throughout the evening, including plenty of youngsters who were in awe of the fire and the fire performance while thoroughly enjoying hot cocoa.

“I heard a lot of wows,” Beatty mentioned. 

A bonfire of the village’s remaining Christmas trees was held during the main portion of the evening. Beatty said there were about 20 trees burned, with a pretty even split between trees dropped off by the Department of Public Works and trees brought by residents.

After the bonfire those in attendance were treated to a fire performance for about an hour. The show was put on by John and Sarah Sokolofski of Spun Out Fire Productions of Buffalo, and it featured about every type of fire trick imaginable, including fire breathing, fire eating and a baton ‘o fire.

Beatty said the original plans for the event called for night sledding, but the warm-up and lack of snow in the past week or so stopped that from happening. Still, she said the first-ever Fire & Ice Festival was successful.

“We definitely have notes for next year, and we plan on making this an annual event,” she said.

The festivities were co-sponsored by the Village of Albion and the Albion Merchants Association, and they were aided by plenty of local volunteer help.

“Everyone we worked with wanted to be involved,” Beatty noted. “It was a pleasure to have so many groups and individuals help out.”

Regarding the future of the event, Beatty was optimistic about its potential.

“We’re elated to have created an event that can get people out and together despite the cold,” she said. “Winter is typically the dry season for community events. Now that we’ve successfully completed our first Fire & Ice Festival ... each year we do this the event will improve. I think this will make a great annual event for Albion and the surrounding communities.”

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