My Town: Organizers Prep for Medina Ice Festival

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MEDINA, Ohio — Downtown Medina was abuzz with activity Monday as organizers prepped for this weekend’s Medina Ice Festival.

It’s in its 19th year and draws nearly 20,000 people annually.

There will be 165 blocks of ice sculpted this weekend, and nearly 60 carvings will be on display in the square.

There will be lots of carving competitions for teams, individuals and even to test speed. There’s wine tasting, an alligator display and much more.

“My favorite is the fire and ice tower,” said Aaron Costic, owner of Elegant Ice Creations. “We build a tower out of ice, fill it with wood, light it on fire, flames go up 25 feet in the air, fire and ice do battle.?

New this year is a team competition, where they get 3 blocks of ice weighing 900 pounds to carve.

The four-day festival kicks off on Friday.

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