Ice sculpting contest, chill cook-off, dog sled demonstrations, music and more family-friendly events drew thousands to Historic Mount Holly, NJ., on Saturday for the annual Fire and Ice Festival.
Competition carving is totally different from the stereotyped swans and flower baskets Robert Lo Furno normally produces in his day job as a chef. The ice carver from Glenn Mills, PA., said everything you do happens on site under conditions you can’t always control.
Knowing that Saturday’s higher temperatures would cause the sculptures to melt much quicker Lo Furno thought he made the right adjustments under these conditions. unfortunately, the melting took its toll and Lo Furno watched his ‘Ring of Life’ collapse and smash into the ground in many pieces. Luckily the judges had already reviewed his sculpture. He looked at the pieces he lifted up his thumb and just smiled.
The 2016 Ice Carving winners:
1st place Rich Daly
2nd place Rob LoFurno
3rd place Dave Johnston
4th place Matt Haas