MY Town Celebrates Ice

This weekend, I rode downtown and couldn’t help but notice there was more activity going on than usual on a Saturday morning. I conducted an investigation (which involved nothing more than asking a guy on the sidewalk what was going on) and learned the annual Hastings Chamber of Commerce Ice Sculpting Contest was taking place a little later in the day. I made a mental note to ride back downtown in order to witness the spectacle of chain saws & chisels & flying chips of ice.

Alas, as often happens, I didn’t revisit my brain to read that mental note. In fact, I didn’t remember it at all until I rode downtown again today. Ice sculptures were all over the place and that’s what reminded me to search for that mental note. Ah yes, there it was, right where I left it–in the hidden closet of my mind.

I took pictures of some of the ice sculptures. Then my hands got really cold thanks to having to remove my mittens so often in the 18-degree temperature. Luckily for me, I didn’t get frostbite, and luckily for you, I can’t bore you with pictures of every single one of the ice sculptures.

EAGLE

YIN AND YANG
GUITAR

HOCKEY SKATE

CHOO-CHOO TRAIN ENGINE
TYPICALLY-DRESSED MINNESOTAN

HOWLING WOLF, WITH A HOWLING MAD CYCLIST IN THE WINDOW’S REFLECTION

Hi. My name is Greg and I ride my bike a lot. That is to say, I ride my bike almost every day. I go on long rides and short rides. Sunny rides, cloudy rides, and rainy rides. I like commuting, errand-running, day-tripping, overnighting, and touring on my bike. I ride on city streets, highways, gravel, single track, and snow with equal enthusiasm. Sometimes I ride fast and sometimes I ride slow. I try to keep my feet on the pedals at stop lights and I do not dismount when I hop up on a curb. I have a roadie bike, a mountain bike and a touring bike. I try to accept any challenge a bike ride can throw at me without complaint. But I don't like bugs.

6 response to "MY Town Celebrates Ice"

  1. By: Bill Stone Posted: January 23, 2023

    Exceedingly cool! I don’t know why we don’t do that here in Santa Rosa. I guess I’ll need to get touch with the mayor and city council.

  2. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: January 23, 2023

    Those are fantastic works of art! Incredible detail!
    The wolf sculpture is great (along with the ‘typically dressed Minnesotan’ in the window.

    Just add some volcanism and you would be in ICELAND!! 🙂

  3. By: NancyG Posted: January 24, 2023

    Quite a bit of talent there. I have a friend from my past who was a sous chef and did ice sculptures for buffet tables at holiday specials. they were beautiful but these are maybe spectacular with all that detail.
    Typically dressed Minnasotan is cute 😉.

  4. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: January 25, 2023

    They’re very intricate, we’re doing sand sculptures right now.

  5. By: BobinVT Posted: January 26, 2023

    Those sculptures are really nice. I don’t think we could do that here this year. Our temperatures are fluctuating so much they would never survive.

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