Date: 7/8/2001

Winter Magic to host National Ice Carvers competition; contest doubles as Olympic qualifying event

The National Ice Carving Association has announced it will once again hold its national championship competition during the Winter Magic Festival, Feb., 10-11, 2001, in Munster, Indiana. But this time, there’s a twist.

Toting chain saws, chisels, blow torches, and other special tools of the trade, some 40 to 50 of the nation’s top professional ice carvers will convene in Munster’s Community Park during the fifth annual Winter Magic Festival sponsored by The Community Hospital. They will compete against time, the weather, and each other’s creativity for the title of National Ice Carving Champion, and the opportunity to choose a teammate and head to Salt Lake City, Utah, for the Winter Olympic Games cultural events in 2002.

“To learn the National Ice Carving Association has again chosen Munster out of all the nation’s cities is an honor. To learn that our Winter Magic Festival now has its own special connection to the world’s most highly regarded sanctioned cultural event - The Olympics - is even more exciting,” said Community Hospital Administrator Edward P. Robinson.

The Winter Magic Festival is a weekend-long extravaganza that celebrates and showcases the wonder of a true Midwestern winter season. Complete with the ice carving competition, horse-drawn carriage rides, snow wall painting for children, miniature ice golf, basketball and football throws, indoor children’s activities, food, and the Magic Ice Garden of sculptures, the festival has become a well-known family event drawing thousands of visitors each year.

The Winter Magic Festival will be free and open to the public in 2001. Visitor information and details of the festival’s events as they are planned are available at

For information on becoming involved with the festival or sponsoring an ice sculpture in the Magic Ice Garden, call 219-836-4582.