Date: 1/6/2003

Winter Magic Festival 2003 just around the corner

Buzzing chainsaws and roaring blowtorches will soon meet huge crystal clear blocks of ice in a spectacular event that, by the end, will net intricate, gleaming ice sculptures that must stand the test of judges. It’s Winter Magic Festival 2003, and it’s right around the corner!

The spectacular events that have transformed Munster’s Community Park into a winter wonderland for the past six years will take place again this year at the 7th annual Winter Magic Festival 2003. This one-day festival happens from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Jan. 18 at Community Park in Munster.

The festival, sponsored by Community Hospital, and in part by the Munster Civic Foundation and the Munster Parks and Recreation Dept., will include indoor and outdoor activities for the whole family. The ice carving competition - always the most popular event - takes place throughout the day and provides spectators with a close-up view of the carvers’ activities. Toting chain saws, chisels, blow torches, and other special tools of the trade, some of the nation’s top professional ice carvers will compete against time, the weather, and each other’s creativity for prize money and a chance to advance in their profession. Up to 50 other amazing ice sculptures can be viewed up close inside the Magic Ice Garden of sculptures sponsored by local businesses and organizations. Vote for your favorite one!

At dusk, at about 5 p.m., spectators can gather around a 12-foot ice block chimney for the lighting of Fire and Ice, a spectacular display that pits the opposite elements of fire and ice against each other. Watch as the ice chimney melts from the burning fire within, casting beautiful sprays of light and shadows amidst the dripping water.

The Winter Magic Festival is a one-day extravaganza that celebrates and showcases the wonder of a true Midwestern winter season. Besides the ice carving competition, other events include horse-drawn carriage rides, snow wall painting for children, miniature ice golf, basketball and football throws, indoor magic shows by Steven Kellogg, face painting, food, and a large indoor craft show with seasonal, country and artistic creations for sale.

The Winter Magic Festival will be free and open to the public. 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.