Village at Leesburg’s ice sculpture contest to dazzle locals for a second year
A carver at last year’s inaugural competition in Leesburg lets the ice chips fly. Times-Mirror File Photo
World-class ice carvers from all over the country will go head-to-head on Jan. 16 at the Village at Leesburg’s Annual Winter Ice Fest and Mega Block Ice Carving Competition.
Last year’s event attracted hundreds of spectators who braved temperatures in the teens to marvel at the artistry and skill exhibited by the competitors.
“We were thrilled at the community response to this event last year, and we’re so glad to be able to bring it back,” said Staci Harris, marketing director for Village at Leesburg in a prepared statement.
The competition will be stiffer this year as two more competitors join, bringing the total number of ice carvers to 10.
The competition, sanctioned by the National Ice Carving Association, will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until dark. After the sun sets, the entries will be illuminated and the winner will be announced.
Four competitors are returning, including last year’s winner Todd Dawson.
Baltimore-based Ice Lab Ice Sculptures is organizing the competition and will design a surprise signature piece for the festival.
“We’re excited that this is something people have already started looking forward to each year,” said Casey Lee Conner, owner of Ice Lab.
The event is free and open to the public. All sculptures will remain on display until they melt.