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Festival of Ice celebrates art of ice sculpting with 3-day event this weekend

January 8, 2020




Seven of the top ice carvers from around the Midwest will bring their tools and their talents to Carmel this weekend for three days of ice carving competitions and demonstrations as the City of Carmel presents the third annual Festival of Ice, a fun and free event on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at two locations.


Friday night’s ice carving will take place on select street corners up and down Main Street from 4-8 p.m. Locations include in front of Agave Bar & Grill, Donatello’s Italian Restaurant, Little Cairo Café (formerly Mudbugs), Muldoon’s, The Pint Room and Woody’s Library Restaurant. Spectators are welcome to take photos (they serve as great backdrops for selfies) and chat with the carvers.


Saturday kicks off at noon at the Ice at Center Green with giant-sized carving demonstrations and competition from noon-5 p.m.; the Carmel Fire Department’s Chili Cook-Off from noon-3 p.m.; hot coffees and sweet drinks from Java House; craft beers, wine, Ice Bar and Luge from Books & Brews; and a Live DJ from noon-5 p.m. The winning sculpture will be announced at 5:15 p.m. after a public ballot vote.


On Sunday, the ice carvers will return to Center Green for the grand finale, a fast-paced “carve off” featuring head-to-head competition on stage in a tournament style format with time limits for each carving. The winner will be determined with the help of the crowd.


Along with the Festival of Ice, the Ice at Center Green ice rink will be open for ice skating all weekend as well. Ice skaters will be able to see the sculptures as they skate.


“This weekend is a rare opportunity to witness the art of creating beauty from a simple block of ice. But make sure you come early; these sculptures might not stay frozen for long, thanks to the mild temperatures we’ve been experiencing,” said Nancy Heck, Director of Community Relations and Economic Development. “Carmel loves to celebrate the arts, whether it’s a summer day on Main Street or a winter day around the ice rink,”


The professional sculptors, who compete in similar competitions around the Midwest each year, include Greg Butauski of Sunbury, Ohio; Jeff Petercsak of Westerville, Ohio; Lauren Klapec of White Lake, Michigan; Matthew Stoddart of Lexington, Kentucky; Michael Stoddart of Lexington, Kentucky; Shannon Gerasimchik of Columbus, Ohio; and Stephan Koch of Daleville, Indiana. Several of these pros are making their third appearance in Carmel.


For more information on the Festival, the Ice at Center Green and other upcoming events, go to TheIceAtCenterGreen.com.

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