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Impressions in ice: Visitors share experiences at Fairbanks’ Ice Alaska

Ice Alaska is featuring many ice sculptures in the 2021 World Ice Art Championship.
Ice Alaska is featuring many ice sculptures in the 2021 World Ice Art Championship.(Ryan Osborne)
Published: Mar. 4, 2021 at 5:47 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) -Sculptures large and small are on full display at Ice Alaska for the 2021 World Ice Art Championships. We went out and spoke with first time visitors about their impressions of the art.

“I like this but I wish they’d do it in the summer months so it wasn’t so cold,” said Bruce Mitchell, a Fairbanks resident.

“I like it, I love it actually. During the day it looks pretty cool but I’m sure that during the night is gonna be amazing. I like more the ones that you can slide, cause I think that’s more fun,” said Ganeth Garay, a visitor from Peru.

Braden Cork from Wasilla felt like the sculptors brought the art to life, “It’s amazing. I like how people can like, spend this much time and like, really like make art come to life. The giant horse over there, that was really cool. Like how they made the hair float. It was awesome”

“I think it’s pretty cool, it’s a great day. They have ice slides I went down a couple of them. I just took a picture with this lovely guy behind me,” said Dawn Smith who travelled all the way from New Jersey.

“It’s really amazing when you think about what they can do with an ice block and being able to make it into something really beautiful. There was definitely an Aladdin one, I’m a big Disney fan so I definitely thought that one was pretty cool,” said Allison Jones, visiting from California.

Debbie Thornton and Frank Bigley are visiting from San Diego and this was their first time seeing ice sculptures in person. “I think it’s pretty cool, I’ve never really seen one, so just to see the different ice sculptures, and my favorite was the baby Yoda,” said Thornton.

“And personally I like PAC-Man over there,” said Bigley.

Judy Bredberg, visiting from Wasilla can’t wait to see how different the park looks at night, “This is just gorgeous. I hope we can come at night and see the lights. It’s just a great opportunity for kids to play”

Ice Alaska is open daily Feb. 15 - Closing in late March (weather pending). Open Noon - 10pm until daylight savings 3/14/2021, Then Noon - 11pm Daily.

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