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Ice rules at the annual Medina Ice Festival

An ice carver creates an ice masterpiece
An ice carver creates an ice masterpiece
courtesy Scott Shaw/The Plain Dealer

Beautiful ice sculptures are the star at the 20th annual Medina Ice Festival on Friday, February 14, Saturday, February 15, Sunday, February 16 and Monday, February 17 (President's Day).

Medina Ice Festival A free, family-oriented event, visitors to the Medina Ice Festival will be able to view over 75 ice sculptures located around historic Medina Square as well as in front of various surrounding businesses.

Festivities begin on Friday afternoon with Speed Carving Competitions at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.. Visitors will then be able to view the Fire and Ice Tower (numerous blocks of ice stacked into a tower filled with wood and then lit from within to create a blazing fire). The lighting will take place at 7 p.m. and the Fire and Ice Tower will stand until it melts or crumbles.

Saturday's activities include a Team Ice Carving Competition from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m and Sunday brings an Individual Ice Carving Competition running from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Most of the ice carving demonstrations and competitions take place in the afternoon and early evening. A spectacular time to view all the ice sculptures is in the evening when they will be illuminated with color-changing LED fixtures under each work of art.

Monday, February 17 brings the conclusion to the Medina Ice Festival with the chance to view all the works created for the event.

Admission to the Medina Ice Festival is free.

For more information about the Festival call 440-717-1940 or get online at

The Medina Ice Festival is located at Medina Public Square on Main Street in Medina, Ohio. Medina is 32 miles southwest of Cleveland and it is approximately a 35 minute drive.

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