Ice Fest is a fun, free winter activity for families in Hamilton, Ohio. Held every two years on the third weekend in January, Ice Fest is a huge display of ice sculptures displayed around the historic Butler County Courthouse and throughout the downtown area.
Hundreds of ice carving artists carve sculptures according to the festival’s theme. The theme of this year’s Ice Fest was literature, which was really cool since the girls got to see ice sculptures depicting some of their favorite books.
It was extremely cold this year, which was great for the ice carvings, but not so great for all the humans wandering around. We bundled up extremely well and enjoyed looking at all the spectacular ice carvings despite our freezing fingers and toes.
Here are some of our favorite carvings from the 2011 Hamilton Ice Fest…
Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
The Littlest Skyscraper
Hansel and Gretel
Darth Vadar from Star Wars
I loved the effect of the roses frozen into this sculpture.
Of course, I had to take a picture of Kaylee with the Harry Potter sculpture
Another Harry Potter one, this time depicting the four house crests at Hogwarts.
Winnie the Pooh
We had a great time looking at all the sculptures and will have to remember to come back in 2013 for the next Ice Fest. If you stick around until the evening, you can see the ice sculptures all lit up at night.
To learn more visit the Hamilton Ice Fest website.
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Have you ever visited the Hamilton Ice Fest? What was your favorite sculpture? Happy exploring!