You bring the chainsaw– I’ll bring the blowtorch


Adriana Radosavljevic, Copy Editor

On Monday, Jan. 9, the Wentworth Inn of Jackson, NH, will be hosting The Great Ice Carvers of New England Invitational Ice Carving Competition. At the 22nd annual competition, competitors from all over New England will be given 300 lbs of ice and three hours to create an artistic masterpiece.

Artists use a variety of equipment, varying from chainsaws to blowtorches to chisels. The winner will receive $500, second place $250, third place an overnight Jacuzzi Suite stay at the hosting inn, and the People’s Choice award of $100. According to representatives from the Wentworth Inn, “It wouldn’t be winter at the Wentworth without the ‘Great Ice Carvers’ contest’s temporary works of art marking the season.”

Last year’s winning sculpture was “Easy Pickings,” created by Tim Pierce. The Maine chef carved a pelican swooping down to catch a fish.

Sculptures will be visible during construction and available outside for viewing pleasure as the weather permits. “I enjoy having all the vacationers, residents and school children at the competition as the participants transform ice into art,” said Fritz Koeppel, manager of the Wentworth Inn. “The sculptures enhance the beauty of The Wentworth both day and night.”

The event begins at 10 a.m. and will end with an award ceremony in The Wentworth Inn lobby.