Mother Nature provided the cold while sculptors reshaped the ice in Keene
By MEGHAN PIERCE
Sunday News Correspondent | February 08. 2014 8:08PM
Fox on a Log took second place in the ice sculpture competition at the 12th annual Keene Ice & Snow Festival Saturday. (MEGHAN PIERCE/Union Leader Correspondent)
Last year, the festival was canceled because of warm temperatures, and the year before that ice sculptors had to race against melting ice to complete their works.
"Excellent conditions . very good, the sun is always a little bit of an issue, but it was below freezing," said ice sculptor Dave Soha of Manchester.
"I just torched it and I was really happy with the way it turned out, but I had it on (a) small base," he said.
Sculptures also use torches to fuse pieces of ice together, such as the way sculptor Dennis Hickey fused a tail onto his Flying Monkey, which took third place.
Seven sculptures were entered into the competition.
The Snow Sculpture Competition had two entries, Emily Sodders came in first place, and Keene High School Interact came in second.