National Ice Carving Championship takes over downtown Perrysburg

Professional sculptors take over downtown Perrysburg for the two-day festival (WNWO).

PERRYSBURG, Ohio (WNWO) -- The National Ice Carving Championships are underway in downtown Perrysburg.

It's the main attraction at the 10th annual Winterfest.

The sculptors have three hours to complete their freezing artwork.

They're competing for $15,000 in prize money and bragging rights.

"A lot of the Winter festivals happen in smalls towns like Perrysburg, and it's really nice just to get to see that side of America. There's a charm to small towns that big cities don't have," said Matthew Larsen, Ice Creations ice sculptor.

"The fact that they have to give a little more of themselves to work in the cold is just kind of the icing on the cake if you don't mind the pun and they're all so cute at making these really difficult sculptures," said Diana McAdams, a Perrysburg resident who attended the festival for the 10th year in a row.

The sculptors will be back at it for round two of the competition Saturday starting at 5:30 p.m.

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