Professional ice carving teams from around the world will converge on Hamburg, NY for the Great Lakes International Ice Carving Competition November 27-29, 2015. This competition is the largest event of its kind in the continental US. The caliber of ice carving talent combined with tonnage of ice and an indoor venue makes the Great Lakes International Ice Carving Competition a premiere winter event that will put WNY in a global spotlight.
Under the auspices of the National Ice Carving Association, The Ice Farm of Auburn, NY has assembled eleven international duos to compete for $10,000 in cash prizes over the three day competition. Each team will be given thirty-two hours and 4,800 pounds of ice (one 3,000 pound block and six 300 pound blocks) to create a cohesive design. The length of time given allows teams the opportunity to complete complex designs on a huge scale. This competition is one of the only places in the country that carvers will be using a single 3,000 lb. block as opposed to many blocks stacked together.
Competitors include Junichi Nakamura (Ju-nick-E Knock-A-Mar-A) of Japan, who has been acclaimed as the most prestigious ice carver in the world. Aaron Costic of Ohio has competed in three Winter Olympic Games and took home the gold medal in 2006 Torino Games. Steve and Heather Brice of Fairbanks, Alaska will travel in for the competition as well. Among the duo they hold a combined 23 World Champion Ice Sculptor titles.
Beyond the $10,000 cash prize, competitors will be awarded points for the National Ice Carving Association (NICA) which helps the association determine which carvers will represent the United States at the Olympics.
This competition will be held inside the Family Entertainment Complex on the Hamburg Fairgrounds. After undergoing extensive insulation and cooling renovations, the carvers will be treated to an enclosed space that remains a constant 26 degrees, inside the Complex. The Great Lakes International Ice Carving Competition is the only competition in the United States to be held indoors.
Carving will begin at 5:00pm on Friday, November 27 and finish on Sunday, November 29 at 6:00pm. Judging by a team of three judges using the National Ice Carving Association carving criteria will immediately follow. The criteria is comprised of 10 categories including, level of difficulty, symmetry, craftsmanship, and others. Awards will be distributed at 8:00pm on Sunday, November 29.
The competition will be open to the public from 5:00-9:00pm, while the Festival of Lights is open.
Admission to the Fairgrounds Festival of Lights is $25 per carload and $50 per busload at the gate. This carload admission includes all aspects of the Festival as well as the Great Lakes International Ice Carving Competition. Advance sale tickets are available until November 28 for just $10 at Tops Friendly Markets.
The chilled space will allow for the pieces to remain intact throughout the run of the Fairgrounds Festival of Lights, which is open December 4-6, 11-13, 18-23, 26-27 from 5:00pm-9:00pm. The price per carload and busload are the same.
For more information regarding the Fairgrounds Festival of Lights and the Great Lakes International Ice Carving Competition visit www.FairgroundsHoliday.com.