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Alfredo Arroyo of Laporte had just finished carving an ice sculpture of a dragon before his buddies Greg Beachey of New Paris, left, and Bud Lies of Laporte fired up the dragon with some propane during Goshen First Fridays Fire and Ice Festival in 2011. (Truth Photo By Mark Shephard, File) (Mark A. Shephard)

Robert Elkins adds detail to his ice sculpture during the Fire and Ice Festival on Jan. 5, 2013, on Main Street in Goshen. Elkins is from Manistee, Mich. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen, File) (AP)

Ryan Eckert shapes his sculpture with a chain saw during the Fire and Ice Festival on Jan. 5, 2013, in Goshen. (Truth Photo by J. Tyler Klassen, File) (AP)
Opportunities to enjoy ice carving in Goshen and Elkhart this weekend

Posted on Jan. 2, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Jan. 2, 2014 at 3:36 p.m.

ELKHART — Fans of ice carving will have opportunities to enjoy the art this weekend in Goshen and Elkhart.

The Michiana Ice Carvers Association will have several members posted throughout Goshen’s downtown district Friday night, Jan. 3, for the city’s annual Fire and Ice Festival.

If that’s not enough to satisfy ice sculpture enthusiasts, a second opportunity will be at the NIBCO Water and Ice Park in Elkhart on Saturday night, Jan. 4.

Santa’s Pantry and First Baptist Church are sponsoring an event that will bring two MICA members to the park to showcase their talents.

Beginning at 7 p.m., the carvers will set up just off the skating surface to the west. There, the sculptors will fashion pieces of out three 300-pound blocks of ice. Skaters will be able to watch the sculptures take form as they glide around the rink.

Debbie Micola, director of Santa’s Pantry, said the carvings are expected to take several hours.

The park opens at 6 p.m. Normal park admission and skate rental rates of $4 and $3, respectively, will apply.

The NIBCO Water and Ice Park is at 303 NIBCO Parkway in downtown Elkhart.