WARSAW — Frigid weather kept the crowd relatively sparse at First Friday’s Fire and Ice event. The annual February event kicked off around noon, Feb. 3, with carvers from the Michiana Ice Carvers Association beginning their ice sculptures.
Twenty-two local businesses and foundations commissioned for ice sculptures to be done. The finished sculptures are arranged on the sidewalks around the downtown and courthouse area.
Around 4,800 pounds of ice was used in the creation of the sculptures. Businesses had the option to commission 300 pound or 600 pound pieces. While most wanted logos or designs that reflected their business, some allowed the carvers to choose their own design.
This year’s centerpiece, a sail boat, was again donated by Dr. Dane and Mary Louise Miller Foundation. It was made using two 300 pound blocks and one 600 pound block of ice.
“There’s a lot of detail in this year’s [sculptures],” commented one bystander admiring the ice sculpture outside the Law Office of Travis J. McConnell. They commented further that perhaps carvers had more time this year with less sculptures.
This year’s event also featured a temporary ice skating rink, sponsored by First Federal Savings Bank of Rochester and the Baily R. Moore Foundation. The rink was located in the City Plaza, the municipal parking lot just south of the courthouse. Ice skates were available for rental.
The February event signifies the start of the 2017 First Friday season. Future themes include Musical May and June’s Shriner Parade.
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