Every year there is an Ice Festival just down the road from us. But we have never actually gone TO the festival! It was actually crazy cold & windy last weekend, when it was held. So yeah - not going! But I usually take the dog and we'll walk around Utica in the days afterward to see the ice carvings that are left.
We went today. I didn't get pictures of all the carvings, since some were already broken and some I didn't care about like Pooh, Mickey & Peanuts, etc.
Each block was sponsored by a local business. You can see their logos on/in some of them. Most blocks were originally about 4 feet tall by like 2 feet square.
Outside the Fire Department - go figure!
I heard the theme was "Love" - pretty appropriate for Valentine's weekend!
It's hard to see his stick, but he's a hockey guy. There's one every year!
Not sure if there are cockatoos or supposed to be 'love' birds.
Pretty ironic that this sea turtle - a US Navy symbol for being a Shellback, (one who has crossed the Equator and been initiated by King Neptune) - was outside the tattoo parlor where I got my tattoo last summer commemorating 20 years of me being a Shellback!
This is a cupid shooting his bow, while standing on a car. Sponsored by some auto insurance place.
The UAW tulip.
This was outside Hogs Hollow Smokehouse Bar & Grill. The block in the middle says True Love and the things on either side are toilets!
Jack was checking out Spiderman.
Outside a barber shop, of course!
I was really surprised to see another bird outside the police department. Thought they'd have something police-related. Kinda disappointed.
They are in the process of building a new minor league ball field, actually just beyond the point of this unicorn. I realized now that this is the mascot for the new team!
Lancelot of the Utica Unicorns
Pretty sure Genisys Credit Union was a huge sponsor of all the goings-on. This huge bench has their emblem under the crown thingy.
This would have been cool to see. To kick off the events Friday night, they had a big fire inside this block. It was easily 10 feet tall. I barely had to bend to look into a hole in the middle.
Those last 5 were in the "municipal park" which is right near the library and M-59. This tunnel goes underneath M-59. The flowers caught my attention, but the graffiti was pretty neat, too!
The Clinton River.
I'm also linking up with Amy for Monday Mish Mash!