Officials are calling the 20th annual Medina Ice Festival a success by every measure.
“From a sponsor perspective and the district, it’s been absolutely huge this year,” Matt Wiederhold said Monday. “There’s been a ton of people in the square all day today.
“A lot of businesses have said they had a great weekend, including Cool Beans (cafe) and Whitey’s Army-Navy, who reported record sales,” Wiederhold said.
Wiederhold said the sculptures, competitions and weather brought plenty of spectators.
“I’ve noticed a lot of families,” he said. “It was cool enough to feel like winter but warm enough that people came out to enjoy it and spend some time in the (historic) district.”
Other attractions saw more traffic this weekend as well.
Wiederhold said the Medina Engine House and Town Hall Museum saw between 400 and 500 people in just three hours when he volunteered there Friday night.
This year’s festival also had more sponsors and competitors, according to Elegant Ice Creations of Broadview Heights, which organizes the event and provides the ice and many pre-carved sculptures for it.
Peggy Costic of Elegant Ice said the event’s 55 sponsors were half a dozen more than last year and the event had a few more competitors.
Everyone involved credited the weather for much of the success of the festival. Temperatures stayed in the mid- to high 20s and cloudy skies provided the perfect cover to keep the sculptures clear and well defined throughout the weekend.
Elegant Ice, owned by Medina-native and festival founder Aaron Costic, provided 70 sculptures sponsored by area businesses and agencies, and competitors added nearly another 40 over the weekend.
Friday’s speed competition contributed six.
Costic won that one, carving an eagle and an angel in less than 40 minutes.
Thirteen sculptures came out of Saturday’s team competition, won by Lauren Klapic and Walter Ross of Whitelake, Mich., who created a winged horse.
Sunday’s individual carving event added another 20 sculptures, including the winning ice chandelier carved by Michael Stoddard, of Lexington, Ky.
Other highlights included a life-sized motorcycle sponsored by Main Street Cafe and carved by Costic that spectators took pictures of themselves seated on.
Another crowd favorite was the large television set on the gazebo, sponsored by the city of Medina, where many children and families lined up to take photos of themselves “on TV.”
Contact reporter Dan Pompili at (330) 721-4012 or email@example.com.