Ice Sculptures Featured at Camden’s Winterfest 

It was the perfect day for a winter celebration.Camden Winterfest Committee Chairperson Ken Gross said, “People are coming out because it’s been so frigid the past few days and finally it got up to 20 degrees so we got hoards of people.”It proved even better for Winterfest’s featured event: ice sculpting.”It doesn’t get any better than today, just the perfect temperature for working the ice,” said one sculptor.Twelve groups of all different skill levels came together to chip away at the 300-pound blocks of ice. “We’re all in this level playing field, it’s fun. “We’re totally winging it,” said two participants in the ice sculpting.And some came out for very different reasons.”I love taking on challenges and this seemed like a fun challenge,” said Jesse Simko with the Maine Coast Skater’s Association. “I love doing artwork and that kind of expression so this was kind of a nice opportunity.”One group was there to raise money. They’re heading to Guatemala to help an elementary school.”There’s lots of people that come who are willing to learn about different things and hopefully support us,” said Lexi Doudera with the Mid-Coast Change Makers.The indoor and outdoor events were fun for the whole family.”It just really brings a lot of people together. It’s a great time there’s music, the skating is a big hit. It’s been really fun,” said Doudera.”Camden was looking for a way to get outdoors in the winter time and celebrate. Give something for the kids to do and give attention to what a great place this is in the winter time,” said Gross.In their 11th year, there’s no signs of this outdoor celebration stopping any time soon.Gross said, “Every year we think, ‘was it worth all the work?’ and after a day like this it’s always ‘yes’. So worth it, such a great event.”