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.

Ice carving team Trevor Pearson and Nick Lensing were already hard at work on their "Bucking Cowboy" sculpture early Saturday morning; all that work paid off, as their sculpture took first place in the judging for the inaugural Multi-Block Ice Carving Competition, held later that afternoon. (Vicki Gerdes / Tribune)

Ice carving team Trevor Pearson and Nick Lensing were already hard at work on their "Bucking Cowboy" sculpture early Saturday morning; all that work paid off, as their sculpture took first place in the judging for the inaugural Multi-Block Ice Carving Competition, held later that afternoon. (Vicki Gerdes / Tribune)

The completed "Bucking Cowboy" sculpture was quite a sight later that evening, when the colors of the LED lights really showed it off. (Vicki Gerdes / Tribune)

The completed "Bucking Cowboy" sculpture was quite a sight later that evening, when the colors of the LED lights really showed it off. (Vicki Gerdes / Tribune)

West Fargo's Jay Ray putting some fine details into his "Have a Crappy Day" sculpture, which took second place in the competition. (Vicki Gerdes / Tribune)

West Fargo's Jay Ray putting some fine details into his "Have a Crappy Day" sculpture, which took second place in the competition. (Vicki Gerdes / Tribune)

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. 

The Beto brothers, Scott and Brian, with their "Northwoods Cabin" sculpture, which took third place in this weekend's inaugural ice carving competition. Brian is from Audubon, while Scott lives in Backus, Minn. (Vicki Gerdes / Tribune)

The Beto brothers, Scott and Brian, with their "Northwoods Cabin" sculpture, which took third place in this weekend's inaugural ice carving competition. Brian is from Audubon, while Scott lives in Backus, Minn. (Vicki Gerdes / Tribune)

The sculptures from this year's competition made an impressive sight on Saturday evening, with the LED lights illuminating them. (Vicki Gerdes / Tribune)

The sculptures from this year's competition made an impressive sight on Saturday evening, with the LED lights illuminating them. (Vicki Gerdes / Tribune)

Though he didn't take one of the top three spots in this weekend's ice carving competition, "Chainsaw Dave" Belling, Moorhead, was pretty proud of his "Home Voyage" sculpture, which featured hometown hero Adam Thielen. (Vicki Gerdes / Tribune)

Though he didn't take one of the top three spots in this weekend's ice carving competition, "Chainsaw Dave" Belling, Moorhead, was pretty proud of his "Home Voyage" sculpture, which featured hometown hero Adam Thielen. (Vicki Gerdes / Tribune)

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