Toledo – February, 2017 – Ice Sculpting Championships

An unusually warm Feburary Saturday greeted the ice sculptures who had come to the Toledo suburb of Perrysburg for the 2017 National Ice Sculpting Championships.

In my prep work for going up I thought I had researched it and knew where I was going. My reading lead me to a ‘Lifestyle Center’ shopping center called Levi’s Commons. When I arrived I easily found parking, and could see the remainders of the carvings from the previous night, most had melted down to practically nothing. But the guide said they were to start at 11 on Saturday, so I went for an early lunch.

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I came back to… no ice, no sculptures. Finally after wandering around the stores for almost an hour I found a security guard who told me that the Saturday event was not at the shopping center, it was in downtown Perrysburg. Duh – I hurried off and was there in less than 5 minutes.

I first came upon a tent with about 50 carvings that had been commissioned by local businesses.

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With temperatures in the 60s each artist had a tent set up to protect them from the sun melting their works too fast. The one side of the street was lined with the tents and artists, electric chainsaws and Dremel tools buzzing.

Personally I am glad they had a hard time keeping them from melting, anything not to have a typical Ohio winter.

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