Carmel Celebrates Annual Ice Festival With Ice Carving Weekend


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CARMEL, Ind. – The fourth annual ice cream festival takes place in Carmel.

Eight of the Midwest’s top ice sculptors will compete against each other with a weekend of competition and ice sculpting demonstrations.

This year, due to COVID-19, the festival will be very different. Visitors are asked to maintain a healthy distance, wear a mask, and consider viewing the sculptures from their cars.

“After having had to cancel so many events over the past year, we are delighted to be able to bring the Ice Sculptors back this weekend so that we can enjoy their artistic talents. They really create the most beautiful ice sculptures and given the temperatures, it’s a safe bet that the sculptures could stand for several days, ”said Nancy Heck, director of community relations and economic development. “At the same time, we urge residents to enjoy the sculptures from a safe distance. We want our visitors to be smart, stay safe, and do everything possible to avoid spreading the virus. “

The sculpture will take place Saturday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Carmel Arts and Design District. Visitors will be able to view the sculptures in front of the Woodys Library Restaurant, Agave Bar & Grill, Donatello’s Italian Restaurant, Little Cairo Café, Muldoon’s, The Pint Room Bar, Bub’s Burgers & Ice Cream and Anthony’s Chop House.

On Sunday, the sculpture will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Carter Green. Organizers invite visitors to take a tour of the Green for a quick view of the sculptures or to park and take a closer look – while maintaining a safe and healthy distance. Ice sculptors will compete on Sunday for the best sculpture, voted on by visitors, and a chance to win one of three cash prizes.

Voting will take place primarily online through a special page of the Festival of Ice Facebook group. Photos of the sculptures will be uploaded once completed. All votes must be cast before 7 p.m. Sunday. There will also be paper ballots which can be cast in Carter Green until 5:00 p.m.

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