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Crowd-pleasing weather will be rough on sculptures at Medina Ice Festival

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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

There is no charge for any of the weekend events.

Friday

  • Speed carving, 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.: "Two people carve against each other in a limited amount of time," said Peggy Costic of Elegant Ice Creations of Broadview Heights. "Judging is done by the audience. Spectators will pick a winner. There is an applause meter."
  • Fire and ice tower, 7 p.m.: A giant tower of ice will be lit.

Saturday

  • Individual ice carving, 1 to 4 p.m.: Costic said there are 11 carvers coming in from Kentucky, Michigan, New York and all over Ohio. "They get to pick whatever they want to carve," she said. "It will be judged by three different judges. The individual competition is sponsored by Main Street Medina.

Sunday

  • Team competition, noon to 4 p.m.: There are eight teams consisting of two people on each team. Each team will carve two blocks of ice. "We are really pleased with the people that are coming in to compete," Costic said.

Monday

  • Nothing specifically is planned for Presidents Day. Sculptures around Public Square will be sponsored by businesses. They are done in-house by Aaron Costic and his Elegant Ice Creations staff. He will be interviewed by "Kickin' It with Kenny" Crumpton of WJW-TV 8 on Fox 8's morning news show at about 7 a.m. today. Costic will be carving a 10-block display in front of Main Street Cafe, 17 Public Square.

 

With temperatures possibly hitting 60 degrees this weekend, organizers of the 23rd Medina Ice Festival are hoping there aren’t puddles of water in lieu of ice sculptures.

The weather “will be great for the spectators,” said Peggy Costic of Elegant Ice Creations, which runs the four-day event, but not for the sculptures.

“That means the ice is going to melt before we want it to. Only time will tell. We’re hoping for a change in the weather, which would be wonderful. There are no promises when dealing with Old Man Winter.”

It will be a stark contrast from last year’s frigid conditions with temperatures in the single digits. Jeremy Levine, executive director of Main Street Medina, knows he can’t do much about the weather.

“I’ve tried to make some calls,” he joked.

He’s been keeping a close eye on the weather forecast.

“It goes from one extreme to the other,” he said. “They won’t last as long. Medina got a few weekends out of the sculptures last year. We won’t get the extended run.

“We’ve got some world-renowned ice sculptors coming in. We’ll kick it off with a bang on Friday. There will be plenty to look at. Enjoy them while they last.”

Aaron Costic, owner of Elegant Ice Creations, of Broadview Heights, is at the top of his field among ice carvers. Peggy Costic is Aaron’s mother.

“He is literally among the best in the world at what he does,” Levine said. “He’s got the hardware to prove it. He placed first in several world events.”

Levine said the visits by top ice carvers coming to Medina this weekend are a tribute to Aaron Costic, a Medina High School graduate.

“He can attract that quality of artistry,” he said. “We’re proud to show that off this weekend.”

Costic won a gold medal at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turino, Italy.

Peggy Costic, of Medina, calls herself the event’s “head paper pusher.” She said she’s been getting several out-of-state inquiries wondering if the event is still going on.

Levine said about 20,000 people usually attend the festival. With the unseasonable weather, those numbers could increase.

“It will bring people out to spend more time,” he said. “The warmer temperatures will help keep people on the Square longer and walking around.

“Absolutely, it’s a unique event. This year, there will be a record number of sculptures. Right now, there are 87 ice carvings on display this weekend.”

Levine said in the warm weather, each sculpture might last around three hours before melting.

Contact reporter Bob Finnan at (330) 721-4049 or rfinnan@medina-gazette.com.



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