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Crystalline creations delight in Medina

2/20/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Kathleen Folkerth

MEDINA — The annual Medina Ice Festival presented a cold-weather treat to spectators who visited Medina Square Feb. 14-16. Ice carvers assembled there to compete in various categories as they created sculptures out of blocks of ice.

Pictured at right top are winners Lauren Klapec and Walter Ross, who traveled from Oakland Community College in suburban Detroit to compete.

Artist Christian Smith is shown at right bottom as he applies heat to reveal the brilliance of the ice in his carving of a fish during competition Feb. 15.

Spectators are shown below bottom as they enjoy one of the sculptures at the site.

Ben Machor, of Medina, is pictured above as he photographs sons Kaleb, 8, and Logan, 4, in an ice sculpture of a TV.

Ice sculptors competed in speed carving, team and individual competitions throughout the weekend. The event also featured the Fire and Ice Tower, a structure built of ice blocks that was lit to start the festival.

— By Kathleen Folkerth

Photos: Dale Dong

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