World Ice Art Championships Fairbanks

February 28, 2012 by staff 

World Ice Art Championships Fairbanks, The World Ice Art Championships is an ice sculpting contest in Fairbanks, Alaska put on by Ice Alaska, a non-profit corporation started in 1989. The contest is the largest of its kind in the world and attended by more than 100 sculptors from 30 different countries every year.

The contest also draws tens of thousands of spectators; in 2004, 48,000 people from more than 28 countries passed through the park’s gates.

The Single Block Classic is the first and largest event of the championships. In the event, two-person teams work with the ice from a single ice block measuring 5 feet x 8 feet x 3 feet and weighing more than 7,800 pounds (4 tons) and have two days to complete their sculpture.

During this event, heavy machinery may not be used. This event is typically sponsored by ConocoPhillips.

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