Alaska January 27, 2020
Bundle Up And Bring Your Camera For The World Ice Art Championships In Fairbanks, Alaska
The World Ice Art Championships takes place in Fairbanks, Alaska, each year. Drawing artists from all across the globe, this event is an incredible month long event highlighting over 100 talented sculptors. Over 48,000 visit this incredible ice show every year!
Ever year, Fairbanks hosts the annual World Ice Art Championships.
This incredible event draws in sculptors and spectators from all over the world. Visitors from over 28 countries come to enjoy this unique show annually.
The ice carving event has been running since April of 1990.
The tradition started when Fairbanks used to host Winter Carnivals in the 1930's. In the 1990's this event only lasted a week, and now it runs for over an entire month!
Ice for the event is harvested in large blocks for the carvers to use.
The event organizers are now using a new spot and private property owner to harvest the ice from. The ice is so clear it has been referred to as the "Arctic Diamond."
The championships are divided into three divisions: Single Block Classic, Double Block Classic, and the Multi-Block Classic.
The largest event is the Single Block Classic, where a single artist carves a 1,720 pound block of ice into a sculpture in just 48 hours! The Double Block Classic gives twice the ice to a team of two, who have only 72 hours until to complete their sculpture.
The Multi-Block Classic has a team of four carvers compete.
These sculptors turn nine blocks, roughly around 15,490 pounds of ice, into something beautiful in only 132 hours. Only during the Multi-Block Classic is heavy machinery allowed to be used.
During the event, many schools in the Fairbanks area take day trips to experience this awesome event.
There's actually a children's park where kids can play on sculptures designed just for them! The entire event brings in around $600,000 annually to the local economy.
This year the event will take place from February 15th through March 31st, 2020.
To learn more about ticket prices, visit Ice Alaska's website
Have you ever visited the World Ice Art Championships? What did you think? Will you be headed to Fairbanks to see it this year? Let us know in the comments below!
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