June 29, 2016

Mostly sunny

Thousands pack Medina’ Public Square for Ice Festival

MEDINA — A record 25,000 to 30,000 people attended the 19th annual Ice Festival this weekend, according to Matt Wiederhold, Main Street Medina’s executive director.

Wiederhold credited the record turnout to the perfect weather — cold, but not too cold — the larger number of ice sculptures and the added attraction of the Visit Orlando tent.

Ice sculptures begin to melt Monday following the weekend Medina Ice Festival, which set a record for attendance. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY KIERA MANION-FISCHER)

The Florida tourist trade organization brought a heated tent and an alligator.

More than 60 carvings decorated Public Square and surrounding streets.

“This was the most ice carvings that they’ve had on the square,” Wiederhold said.

The festival kicked off Friday and the sculptures remained on display Monday. But they were beginning to look a little worse for wear as temperatures rose into the 40s.

The festival was sponsored by Elegant Ice Creations, FirstMerit Bank and Main Street Medina.

Several ice-carving contests were held throughout the weekend.

Winners in team competition Saturday (12 teams):

• First, Ryse Richards and Lindsey Wood, of Michigan, for “Mermacorn”;

• Second, Bradley Groszkiewicz and Allan Bock, of Michigan, for “Octo Bubblis”;

• Third, Jeff Kaiser and Precious Kaiser, of Ohio, for “Unity.”

Winners in individual competition Sunday (21 competitors):

• First, Michael Stoddart, of Kentucky, for “Top of the Blade”;

• Second, Jeff Kaiser, of Ohio, for “Pease”;

• Third, Ryse Richards, of Michigan, “Chameleon Culture.”

Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.

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