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All smiles at Frosted Gardens Festival
Published Sunday, February 19, 2017 3:40PM CST
Last Updated Sunday, February 19, 2017 6:33PM CST
Creating art with ice has always been Peter Fogarty’s passion. On Sunday, he passed his craft on to the next generation.
“Any time you can get a child working with their hands and being outside, it’s way further ahead to doing something constructive than playing a game or watching TV,” Fogarty said.
Fogarty spent the day teaching children how to carve their own ice sculptures at the Frosted Gardens Festival.
Some kids took their time, carving out every edge to make a perfect piece. Others, like five-year-old Alyssa Polowick, were happy breaking what they had created.
“I liked to just smash it!” she explained.
It wasn’t just about creating ice art – some people were simply enjoying the two dozen pieces set up around the Forestry Farm Park & Zoo.
“I really like the picture frame and the seat,” said Brody Howard, who came to enjoy the day with his family. “The seat’s comfortable, that’s why I really like it.”
Mild conditions kept the ice art indoors, but hundreds still came out for the winter celebration and all the ice stayed frozen solid.
“Things are holding up very well,” Fogarty said. “We set up yesterday morning, bright and early, and nothing has deteriorated at all.”
All of the proceeds from the event will be donated back to the park. Organizers are planning an even bigger event for next year.
“I’ll be bringing in international carvers from around the world to help create a magical wonderland,” Fogarty said.
Based on a report by CTV's Mark Villani