World Class Ice Carvers Return to Village at Leesburg
World-class ice carvers from all over the country will go head to head Saturday, Jan. 16 as Village at Leesburg hosts its 3rd Annual Winter Ice Fest and 2nd Annual 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. The competition will be stiffer this year as two more competitors join, bringing the total number of ice carvers to ten.
The competition, sanctioned by the National Ice Carving Association, will begin at 9am and continue until dark, when the entries are illuminated and the winner is announced. Four competitors are returning, including last year�s winner Todd Dawson, who will look to retain his title.
�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.
Baltimore-based Ice Lab Ice Sculptures is organizing the competition and will again be designing a surprise signature piece for the festival. All sculptures will remain on display until they melt. �We�re excited that this is something people have already started looking forward to each year,� said owner Casey Lee Conner.