Chiseling a place in local lore
They came from as far away as Rochester, Minnesota, and as close by as Audubon: Five teams of competitive carvers gathered outside the Detroit Lakes Pavilion this past Friday and Saturday, Feb. 8-9, to take part in the inaugural Multi-Block Ice Carving Competition that was one of several new events planned for the "MN Sn'Ice: A Snow and Ice Showcase," which kicked off DL's annual Polar Fest celebration in style.
A panel of three judges reviewed the five sculptures late Saturday afternoon, with the winners being announced as part of the Grand Lighting Ceremony for King Isbit's Royal Courtyard and Palatial Playground (postponed from Thursday due to poor driving conditions in the lakes area).
First place went to Trevor Pearson, Minneapolis, and his carving partner Nick Lensing, Rochester, whose lifelike sculpture of a "Bucking Cowboy" — complete with cowboy waving his hat in his hand — was judged to be the most impressive. Pearson said the sculpture was inspired by rancher Dick Ames, the grandfather of one of his close friends, who passed away recently.
Second place went to Jay Ray of West Fargo, whose "Have a Crappy Day" sculpture of a pair of crappies jumping in the water was both elegant and intricate.
Third place went to local competitor Brian Beto, Audubon, and his brother Scott Beto, Backus, whose "Northwoods Cabin" scene included some beautiful pine trees surrounding a cabin on a lake.