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The Youth Classic ice carving competition is happening now in Fairbanks

Published: Mar. 11, 2021 at 4:51 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Over the last three days the Youth Classic ice carving competition has been taking place at Ice Alaska. Children of all ages work through the cold and the snow to bring their ice sculptures to life.

The competition is overseen by professional ice carvers like David A Smith. “It’s both inspirational and demoralizing because they’re so good at what they do at their age. I wasn’t half this good at their age, so yeah it’s great. I’m finding my next multiblock teammate in here, I’m fishin for ‘em.”

The competition includes first time carvers across a wide age range. The youngest competitor is 9 year old Nevada Hite, who told us, “It’s very fun and very time consuming. Through this experience in our lives, it’s pretty hard to get through this time and so I decided to get into ice sculpting. It’s pretty cool. You get to sculpt on a big piece of ice, and it does take a while. It’s pretty hard ‘cause when I was doing it I was doing a cat, but then it kind of turned out to be a bear. So it is a little hard, but after a few years I’m sure it’ll be a lot easier.”

Imaginative creations of all kinds have taken form over the course of the competition. Shavez Gould, a 2nd year Ice Carver said, “I decided to go to the ice park for the competition, and the first thing that came to mind was Excalibur, the sword in the stone. I thought that was really cool to work on, though it’s difficult ‘cause it’s at an angle.”

Omar Gould, another 2nd year ice carver said, “I’m working on a whale tail, and currently I’m working on thinning it out right now and trying to make it look more alive.”

Oliver and Leo Shephard are first year ice carvers who designed a new hybrid creature from their ice block.

“It was an abstract idea, and it kind of looked like an animal, so now it’s an animal. We call it a “Uniscorpishrimpicorn”,” said Oliver Shephard.

This ice sculpture was made by Oliver and Leo Shephard.
This ice sculpture was made by Oliver and Leo Shephard.(Ryan Osborne)

“With a mohawk,” added Leo Shephard.

Ainsley Aiton, another first year ice carver said, “I’m making Toothless from ‘How to Train your Dragon.’ First it was like, really confusing ‘cause we have to pretty much put a drawing on top of it to tell where everything was gonna be, and there was lots of chainsaw cuts.”

The award ceremony for the Youth Classic ice carving competition will take place at Ice Alaska on March 12th at 8:00 p.m on the front stage of the Tanana Valley Fairgrounds in Fairbanks.

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