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Medina Ice Festival kicks off

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The temperature was around 30 degrees, with a wind that made it feel a lot colder.

But Aaron Costic was hoping for even colder temperatures so the ice carvings around Public Square would last longer. It’s still a stark contrast with two years ago when temperatures soared to the 60s and carvings melted as fast as they were created.

More than 1,000 people came to celebrate the chilly creations as the Medina Ice Festival began Friday.

“This is one of the best events in Medina and all over Ohio,” said state Senate President Larry Obhof.

He said he never misses the festival.

“The kids love it, especially the Fire and Ice Tower,” he said.

His 12-year-old daughter, Bree, got to be a judge in the speed-carving competition. Matthew Stoddart won the speed-carving championship.

From 1-4 p.m. today, blocks will be placed throughout the district as trained carvers show off their individual styles and moves. Then, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday is the team competition.

As each new work is created throughout the weekend, the ice sculpture exhibition grows and remains on view through Monday afternoon. There are 94 carvings scattered across the nine-block Historic District, all sponsored by local merchants.

Costic, owner of Elegant Ice Creations, ceremoniously lit the Fire and Ice Tower. Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire” played as the wood inside the blocks of ice were ignited.

Obhof, R-Montville Township, commended Aaron Costic and his mother, Peggy, and the city of Medina for their 25 years of putting on the icy spectacular.

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