“There’s a good selection of animals,” Meadows said.
Past years have seen exhibits with extraterrestrial, Halloween and monument themes.
New this year is the ability to walk through the exhibit on Beiderbecke Drive in LeClaire Park. Jason Gilliland, director of events for the Downtown Davenport Partnership, said the organization implemented the drive-thru option last year at the Freight House in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and had received such a strong positive response from families with young children and people who have walking distances that they decided to keep it.
“I’m excited for this,” Gilliland said. “I think it will be a good thing, people loved it last year and I think it will be even better behind the wheel this year.”
Half a dozen sculptures will always be lined up in front of the Freight House, as well as the ice bar at Front Street Brewery.
At sunset, the sculptures will be professionally lit until 10 p.m., which Gilliland says really brings them to life. Some wintry weather will blow in on Friday, but Gilliland said temperatures should be good for seeing ice sculptures – under 32 degrees but not completely freezing.
“We’re going to be in the middle 20s,” Gilliland said. “Which is perfect.”