Medina Ice Festival begins tonight

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    Ali Hall, of Elegant Ice Creations Inc., carves a seahorse last year during the 24th annual Medina Ice Festival on Public Square. The Ice Festival returns to Public Square this weekend.



MEDINA — Starting today, Public Square will transform into a display of ice and fire during the 25th annual Medina Ice Festival, a three-day event with towering ice sculptures highlighting the show.

Aaron Costic, owner of Elegant Ice Creations in Broadview Heights, is the sole provider of the ice sculptures for the event, Costic said Thursday. Costic said he began carving ice 30 years ago, and has supplied ice sculptures for the Ice Festival for 25 years.

While a large “Ice and Fire” tower is a highlight of the event, there will also be carving demonstrations and competitions throughout the weekend.

Costic said he wouldn’t be surprised if he had more than 300 man-hours creating the various ice sculptures.

“There are too numerous to mention,” he said. “There are over 100 carvings that are already made and they will all be loaded up tomorrow and brought down (to Medina).

Costic said he enjoys working with the city and Mayor Dennis Hanwell on the project each year.

“I went to high school in Medina,” Costic said. “I have a strong connection there.”

The event will officially begin this afternoon with speed carving contests every half-hour between 5:30-6:30 p.m.

The “Ice and Fire Tower” is scheduled to be lit at 7 p.m. this evening.

Individual ice carving competitions will 1-4 p.m. Saturday followed by a team competition noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

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