“Chilling” good time at Great Lakes International Ice Carving Competition

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HAMBURG, N.Y. (WIVB) — 26 tons of ice and 36 hours later, ice carvers from around the world have completed their ice sculptures at the Hamburg Fairgrounds.

Carvers competed this weekend in the Great Lakes International Carving Competition.

A carver News 4 spoke to created an angler fish titled “In Too Deep.” She says these pieces are intense and take a lot of work — but in the end are well worth it.

“It’s very daunting while you’re carving and working on it, you go on very little sleep and it’s a lot of strenuous work but then at the end of it to stand back and see the work it feels amazing to see what you have accomplished,” said ice carver, Alissa Hass.

11 teams competed for $10,000 in cash prizes. Ross Baisas and Tony Baisas of Montreal took home first place.

You can check out the sculptures at the Hamburg Fairground’s Festival of Lights every weekend until Christmas.

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