NORTH COUNTRY CHIPS FLY
- Written by Jeff Bushke
The George Horner Ice Art Park comes to life.
Big blocks of beautiful blue-hued ice are being transformed into castles, critters and characters. Every day an army of volunteers descend on the park and lovingly sculpt the blocks into delights for the children. Slides, mazes, castles, and animals will surely spark the imagination of the little ones.
The ice carving competition is yet to start. Judging from the work that has been done already the volunteers are intent on making the opening year of the park one that will be remembered. There are no less than seven ice carvings before you turn in to the park’s drive. More await guests prior to going through the ticketing gate.
Thousands of visitors will bundle up warm to come and see the amazing displays that are a perennial draw to the BP World Ice Art Championships. A family friendly atmosphere greets guests at every turn.
Children will squeal with delight when attempting to escape from an “ice bowl” into which the parents have placed them. The slick surface of the concave bowl keeps them slipping back into the center. They can enter the ice tunnel and hide from the parents view only to appear from another opening.
The maze will keep kids busy trying to find their way into, through and back out again. The castle's corners mark where you might be in the maze.
The setting sun transforms the park as colored lights illuminate the carvings and create another dimension of beauty. Mark your calendars and make memories at the new home of the BP World Ice Art Championships, the George Horner Ice Art Park.
Don’t forget to bring your camera to capture the memories.
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