Coldwater Ice Fest 2009
The 2009 Ice Fest was held on
January 31st. It was a cold, windy, overcast day, with the temperature
around 20 degrees. It was said on TV that this was the coldest January
in 15 years (with the temperature rarely getting above freezing the
entire month). Not surprisingly, the turnout for the Ice Fest was much
lower than that of last summer's downtown events. But for those who
braved the weather, there was much to see and do.
The event was sponsored by the Downtown
Business Association. Many downtown businesses had special sales.
Families enjoyed the horse and buggy rides.
The Wal-Mart distribution center had
a truck that the kids could climb in and see.
A sign advertised many other events
of the day.
This year's theme was "Alice in
Wonderland". This first ice sculpture included an embedded mirror.
The Cheshire Cat
This one is hard to figure out. It looks like Alice riding a mystical
Slight departure from the theme: The Big Eaze
Chain saws are used to create the sculptures.
Sometimes the block of ice is cut on a cart before being transferred to
Professional carvers work on another
MORE PHOTOS! Not all the sculptures were finished when I was taking the
photos. There was one warm day that threatened to melt everything, but
then the cold weather came back, so the ice sculptures survivied, and I
was able to take photos of 3 more the following Wednesday:
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