Winter Festival carves fun out of ice

BURLINGTON The heavy snows that shutdown schools and events throughout the state last week didnt stop Vermonters from coming out in force for the 16th annual Winter Festival. UVMs Community Development and Applied Economics Department once again helped to organize the festival, partnering with Vermont Special Olympics, Kids Vermont Camp and School Fair and the ECHO Leahy Center. The days highlight was the ever popular Snow Carving Competition and Ice Walk on the Church Street Marketplace. Local artists and teams combined to create designs of all shapes and sizes. Viewer favorites ranged from the Eiffel Tower to a giant polar bear promoting energy efficiency. Down on the waterfront, brave Vermonters were testing the waters of Lake Champlain at the 13th annual Penguin Plunge. Those who participated helped to raise money for Special Olympics Vermont. Chris Fish made seven sculptures for this years Ice Walk, and was joined by four other volunteers that helped create this years fabulous show: Terry Skorstad, John Brown, Dan Cahill and Natasha Repass. Results from Sculpture Contest
First Place: Ice Fishing, by Frank Barsalow, Sean Rogers and Katya Andrien Skaya Second Place: Mind Blowing, by Linda Stevens and Cathie Dinsmore Third Place and Peoples Choice winner: Light Saver, Ed Dinardo, Andy Grab and Liz Gibbons Fourth Place: Hiding Behind the Mask of War, by Michael Nedell, Brooke Monte-Rietueld and Leslie Baker Fifth Place: Springtime in Vermont, Jase Roberts and Stephanie Rosenstein

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