Chainsaws, chisels, and an array of other power tools were on hand at the fifth annual Winter Ice Fest and Mega Block Ice Carving Competition, as eight world-class ice carvers went head to head to chisel out impressive sculptures.
The festival drew a decent crowd to Village at Leesburg on Saturday. The temperatures were in the low 30s, but the sun shined bright. That prompted the ice carvers to do a lot of their work behind large curtains, to block the massive blocks of ice from the sun.
“Even though it’s cold, that sun will still do a number on this. I can’t risk it melting,” one carver said to passersby.
Judges picked a sculpture of a bird for the third-place prize, the scorpion king for second place, and a large treasure chest for the first-place prize. The competition was sanctioned by the National Ice Carving Association.
The festival also included photo ops with Washington Capitals Red Rockers and Slapshot, the mascot.