The 2002 Plymouth International Ice Sculpture Spectacular, North America's oldest and largest ice carving competition, opens Wednesday, Jan. 16, and runs through Monday, January 21, 2002. Skilled ice carvers from across the United States and Canada, and from as far away as Japan, brave the frigid Michigan winter to create their beautiful works and displays.
The 2002 Plymouth International Ice Sculpture Spectacular is a free family-oriented event and is open 24 hours a day. The fantastic ice sculptures are lighted during the evening hours, adding a thrilling dimension to the dazzling creations.
The event features ice carvings, displays, and competitions created by acclaimed professional ice carvers, talented amateurs, and notable college and high school students. Competitions are sanctioned by the prestigious American Culinary Federation.
Since its inception in 1981, more than 10 million people have attended the festival. Visitors can watch professional, amateur, college and high school students compete as they transform more than 300,000 pounds of block ice into amazing works of art -- which have ranged from a delicate mermaid to an enormous working ice clock -- that grace the parks and streets of this charming suburb, located 15 miles west of Detroit.
The student competitions and learning experiences distinguish the Plymouth International Ice Sculpture Spectacular. Recognized as a premier winter event, the festival represents a rare opportunity for Southeastern Michigan student ice carvers to work alongside the world's leading professionals. Over $10,000.00 in prize monies, scholarships, and awards will be presented during the 2002 Plymouth International Ice Sculpture Spectacular. The competitions will take place in Kellogg Park and in the Central Parking Structure, Friday through Sunday.
Other activities of special interest include "The Farmer Jack Fantasyland," entitled "America the Beautiful." The Don Massey Cadillac Light Show illuminates the sculptures at night, creating a unique experience around the clock. The Plymouth Whalers Charity Shootout will be held Saturday, Jan. 19.
The Plymouth International Ice Sculpture Spectacular was presented by The 2002 Plymouth International Ice Sculpture Spectacular, Inc. Foundation.