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Coldwater Ice Fest 2009

A cold but fun day
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.

Downtown sales
The event was sponsored by the Downtown Business Association. Many downtown businesses had special sales.

Horse and buggy rides
Families enjoyed the horse and buggy rides.

Wal-mart truck safety
The Wal-Mart distribution center had a truck that the kids could climb in and see.

Ice fest events sign
A sign advertised many other events of the day.

Ice sculpture: Mirror
This year's theme was "Alice in Wonderland". This first ice sculpture included an embedded mirror.

Ice sculpture: Tweedledum

Ice sculpture: Cheshire Cat
The Cheshire Cat

Ice sculpture: Alice riding winged creature (or something like that)
This one is hard to figure out. It looks like Alice riding a mystical creature.

Ice sculpture: The Big Eaze pig
Slight departure from the theme: The Big Eaze pig

Ice sculpture #2 work in progress (b)
Chain saws are used to create the sculptures.

Ice sculpture #2 work in progress (a)
Sometimes the block of ice is cut on a cart before being transferred to the sculpture.

Ice sculpture #1 work in progress
Professional carvers work on another sculpture.

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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