The first weekend of Winterlude is busy for the ice carvers. Starting first with a one block challenge, the pairs and solo carvers get to work on their main sculptures, having from Friday morning until late Sunday afternoon to get it done. The carvers come from all over the world, and in these shots, I found them at work early on in the process, assembling blocks, working with tools, and getting their artistic vision underway.
The pairs sculptures are under the shelter to the right. The solo sculptures are under another shelter to the left of this shot. A stage occupies the east end of the park, with music performances on the weekends. I was here on Friday evening while country singer Aaron Pritchett and his band were performing in a good snowfall, and I started taking shots of the musicians and the crowd. Sufficed to say, I've already got my shots for a CDP theme day on music later in the year.