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Over 15,000 pounds of ice in Lakefield sculpture event

Sculptors from around Ontario gathered in Lakefield’s Cenotaph Park on Saturday to transform over 15,000 pounds of professional grade ice into beautiful ice sculptures.

The ice was supplied by Ice Carving Events of Coboconk and owner Mike Muli together with Rob Brook carved the showpiece horse and sleigh on Thursday.

Rob Brook stayed to compete in the People’s Choice Competition together with seven other sculptors. The theme given to the sculptors this year was “Shine”.

Organizer Jennie MacKenzie of Lakefield Pantry commented that, “In recognition of our 10th Anniversary we wanted to give the sculptors free rein to create a sculpture that would showcase their individual talents. We were not disappointed as, for the fourth year in a row, sculptor Fred Marquina of Toronto was chosen by the spectators as their favourite.”

This year a second award was presented to the sculptor who not only created a top quality sculpture, but also embodies the spirit of community.

The winner of this award is Tom Stefan who created the floral mural near the entrance to the park. The organizers also want to give special mention to Ken Arndt who has participated in the Lakefield competition every year since we started.

Igloo Island, sponsored by Village Pet Food and Supply, was busy with children early Saturday morning, filled with kids who enjoyed playing with blocks of ice prepared by organizer Chef Brian Henry.

The second children’s area, the Ice Garden sponsored by Lakefield VisionCare, was also very busy with children taking a little more time and care as they created their own sculptures for the Li’l Chippers Ice Sculpture Competition.

Twenty-nine children entered the competition and entries were judged by the professional sculptors at the end of the day.

The overall winner was Noah who created a tall Llama, second place went to Griffin and Kenzie for Slinky the Cat and third place to Addison for her small dog.

All of the judges commented on how the level of sculpting of the kids has improved over the years, with many now fusing pieces of ice together and using small tools to create detail.

The Lakefield Village Merchants have consistently sponsored this high level event, a cornerstone of PolarFest. A huge thank you goes out to all of them and to all of the volunteers who stepped up to help Jennie and Brian this weekend.

We would like to invite anyone who enjoyed this event and would like to help it continue to contact us now as we begin to plan for next year. Drop in to the Lakefield Pantry to see Jennie or call 705-652-6062.

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