April 24, 2014

Medina
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Competitors coolly create at Medina’s 20th annual Ice Festival

Jack Scheurman, 2, of Euclid, sits on a motorcycle made of ice Sunday at the Ice Festival in downtown Medina, with his dad, Keith, watching. The motorcycle was carved by Medina native Aaron Costic, Elegant Ice Creations owner and Ice Festival founder. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY DAN POMPILI)

Jack Scheurman, 2, of Euclid, sits on a motorcycle made of ice Sunday at the Ice Festival in downtown Medina, with his dad, Keith, watching. The motorcycle was carved by Medina native Aaron Costic, Elegant Ice Creations owner and Ice Festival founder. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY DAN POMPILI)

Sunday’s cold, cloudy weather kept the sculptures glistening at the 20th annual Ice Festival on Public Square in Medina.

Festival founder Aaron Costic, owner of Elegant Ice Creations in Broadview Heights, said the climate was perfect for carving sculptures and keeping them looking good throughout the weekend.

“The sculptures turned out better because of the weather. By Sunday night, there’s usually some wear and damage, but they’re still looking good,” said Medina native Costic, who won Friday’s speed-carving competition.

During that event, four competitors had two rounds of 20 minutes each to carve something the audience would like. The spectators decided by applause who won each round.

Costic carved an eagle in the first round to advance and an angel in the second round to defeat Richard Alford, of Akron.

Brunswick resident Jeff Meyers bowed out in the first round along with Greg Demaline, of Mentor.

Costic, whose company carved dozens of the sponsored sculptures on display in Public Square, said he thought the festival was a great success.

“I thought it was really great,” Costic said. “Between the ideal weather and the amount of carvers it was a fantastic festival, and a lot of people came out to see it.”

Saturday was the team competition, where competitors had three hours to wow the judges with their collaborative creations.

The winners in that event were Lauren Klapic and Walter Ross, of Michigan, who crafted a mechanical-winged horse. In second place was the team of Michael and Matthew Stoddard, father and son from Lexington, Ky. Alford teamed up with Kristian Smith, also of Akron, to place third.

Solo carvers also were given three hours to carve during Sunday’s individual competition. Michael Stoddard’s chandelier took the top prize, while Klapic’s bird came in second. Caleb Landis of Akron placed third.

Contact reporter Dan Pompili at (330) 721-4012 or dpompili@medina-gazette.com.