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Festival of Lights returns to the Hamburg fairgrounds

A detail of one of the finished pieces at the Great Lakes International Ice Carving Competition at the Hamburg Fair Grounds on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News)

A detail of one of the finished pieces at the first Great Lakes International Ice Carving Competition at the Festival of Lights. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News)

Frosty's 3D Adventure will join an ice carving competition at this year's Fairgrounds Festival of Lights at the Erie County Fairgrounds.

More than 1 million LED lights on a newly-expanded drive-through will be turned on at 5 p.m. Nov. 25.

The festival will be open for 17 days, running every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 18, with an expanded schedule Dec. 19-23. Hours are 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., with buildings and grounds staying open until 10 p.m.

Visitors can walk through a 3,000-square-foot maze and experience a day with Frosty as part of the new Frosty 3D Adventure.

Returning this year is the Great Lakes International Ice Carving Competition Nov. 25-27, with 11 teams competing for $10,000 in cash. Each team will be given 32 hours to carve 4,800 pounds of ice in a cohesive design. The ice art will be on display inside the fully insulated "Igloo Building" so the pieces remain intact through the run of the festival.

Other attractions include the North Pole Experience featuring Santa Claus, Santa's magical midway, Tops Winterland Workshop, Milk for Health Kids Game Show and Upstate Farms Express train rides through the festival.

Admission to the Fairgrounds Festival of Lights is $25 per carload at the gate, and includes six decorated buildings, live family entertainment, craft making and vendors, as well as the ice carving competition gallery. Festival goers can save 40 percent on gate admission with the purchase of a $15 advance sale carload voucher at all Tops Friendly Markets until Nov. 24.

The Fairgrounds Festival of Lights is sponsored by the Erie County Agricultural Society. For more information regarding the Fairgrounds Festival of Lights and the Great Lakes International Ice Carving Competition visit www.the-fairgrounds.com/festival-lights.

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