Winterfest slated for Wooster area

January 8, 2014 by  

Despite a winter blizzard and brutally cold temperatures across the Midwest, Loudonville, about 20 miles from Wooster, is gearing up for Mohican Winterfest, which will feature ice carving among other events. This is the ninth year for the festival.

The fun kicks off with Aaron Costic and his carvers creating ice sculptures, turning blocks of ice weighing 30 pounds into gorgeous, sparkling trains, swans, or other items depending on their inspiration. Costic is an Olympic ice sculptor and full-time carver, and runs a company known as Elegant Ice Creations, Inc. He and his team will start the proceedings with three demonstrations to be held in Central Park at 5:00 pm, 6:00 pm, and 7:00 pm. They also plan to place 30 other sculptures throughout downtown Loudonville.

Other goings-on include the Loudonville Public Library’s sand art snowman construction event, where, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, children can make snowmen without the winter chill. In addition, there will be a display of local artists’ work at the Fine Arts at Winterfest, 123 West Main Street.

The following day, Train Expo begins, running from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Loudonville Fair Event Center. Fine Arts will continue its gallery display, the library will be open, and there will be more ice carving demonstrations every hour from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm. The day ends with the traditional Snow Ball Dance, to be held at the American Legion.

Winterfest is scheduled for this Friday and Saturday, January 10 and 11, in Loudonville’s downtown area. Festival organizers could work with banner printers to create flags with winter themes, since this is an outdoor event.