Rockford sets world record during ice festival

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Video: Rockford Ice Festival

Ice festival organizers say they set a world record for the longest ice cream sundae bar.

ROCKFORD, Mich. (WZZM)-Rockford is carving out a name for itself in the Guinness Book of World Records.

As part of this year's ice festival, organizers say the city set the record for the longest ice cream sundae bar, at 352 feet and 11 inches. As part of the record attempt, 2,500 visitors enjoyed a free sundae while checking out ice carving, playing miniature golf on ice courses, and competing in a sculpture scavenger hunt.
Organizers say they may have also set a record for attendance.

"It has been tremendous. We've had over 10,000 people here today, and we're expecting another big crowd tomorrow. Families are just having a blast," said event manager Meredith Gremel.

Sunday, professional ice carvers plan to create a six foot tall polar bear. They've already created a giant penguin, standing seven feet tall.

"We have twice as much of the ice as we had last year, and it's spread out throughout the city, so it gives a lot of opportunity to walk through and actually enjoy Rockford and see all the different shops," said ice sculptor Randy Finch.

The Rockford Ice Festival continues through Sunday afternoon with chili at Reds on the River.

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