North American Ice Carving Championships

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Junichi Nakamura works on “Ancestral Spirit” at the 2004 World Ice Art Championships in Fairbanks, AK, an event put on annually by Ice Alaska

According to the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Ice Alaska will be putting on a new event in North Pole, Alaska (near Fairbanks) with the theme “Christmas in Ice” and called the North American Ice Carving Championships. The article indicates that the competition will start on Thanksgiving (November 22nd) of this year, with judging on December 2nd. This is an unusually long time for a single block competition (even though Alaska blocks are huge, usually three days are alloted for carving), but the competition end date is not in the article, so perhaps there will be a correction or explanation at a later date. The Ice Alaska site seemed to be offline when I looked for more info about the event. The competition will use 20 blocks and the winner will automatically earn a berth in the World Ice Art Championships in March 2008 (the usual event in Fairbanks.) If I get more info at a later date, I’ll add it here.

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So far, there's no new information on this event. Ice Alaska's website ( doesn't say anything about it. The city of North Pole's website,, does have a section for "Christmas on Ice," but there's no information there either ( so I'm not certain that the event will go forward. If anyone has any more info, please share it here.
Monday, October 8, 2007 - 11:18 PM

There seems to be some progress with this event, as (the city of North Pole's website) has a note that they secured $20,000 in sponsorship money from Flint Hills. So it looks like work is still going forward, even though there's no mention on Ice Alaska's website.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007 - 08:04 PM
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