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Ice Sculptures returning to Cenotaph Park

by Jennie MacKenzie

Beautiful ice sculptures will once again fill Cenotaph Park on Feb. 1 as the Lakefield Village Merchants play host to the Polar Bear Ice Sculpture Competition.

Co-organizer, Chef Brian Henry, has confirmed that last year’s winner, Fred Marquina, will be returning to defend his title against an onslaught of talented competitors.

Everyone is invited to join us at the Park between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. to watch as the sculptures develop out of the 300 pound blocks of ice.

Co-organizer, Jennie MacKenzie of Lakefield Pantry said, “Since this is our 10th Anniversary of the Competition in Lakefield, we wanted to give the sculptors the opportunity to show us their best. This year’s theme is Shine – the sculptor’s are free to choose a sculpture which they feel lets their individual talents Shine through. Given such free reign, we are expecting some truly outstanding art.”

Lakefield VisionCare and Village Pet Food & Supply are once again generously sponsoring the children’s Ice Garden and Igloo Play Area where kids are invited to build their own ice sculptures.

The Ice Garden will feature the Li’l Chippers Competition while the Igloo Play Area is for children who just want to play with ice blocks.

“It has been great to see the children’s talents improving as they return each year; we can see that they are watching and learning from the professionals,” said Jennie. “I am excited to see what they will come up with this year.”

This is a free event for families to attend and participate in thanks to the generosity of many Lakefield Businesses and Retailers.

It would not happen without their support. For more information, pick up your PolarFest guide available in many stores in Lakefield or visit

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