Hamilton, OH 45011
While highlighting spectacular ice sculptures created by international and local carvers, IceFest provides a fun, free and family oriented winter weekend celebration attracting thousands of regional visitors and local residents.
“On Friday night, we do the Fire & Ice carving show,” Taylor Welch said. “The carvers stack up 10 blocks of ice, and they stack it into something that would incorporate fire, and when they finish it, they put paper towels that are soaked in kerosene, and they light it on fire, so you have a big ice sculpture that has fire in the design.”
The Fire & Ice happens at 7 p.m. on the courthouse lawn, and is free. Those who visit can also see the sculptures at night, many of them backlit for extra visual drama.
On Saturday, as many as 12 sculptors will compete in Competition Alley to create the best artwork, with trophies and other awards at stake. That happens 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Some will take the whole four hours to create their statues, and others won’t take nearly as long. The public will vote on its favorites. At 3 p.m., there will be a speed-carving event, with viewers trying to guess what the carvers are making.