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Mari Chuy’s Mexican Kitchen, located at The Stix in Midtown, held its first Ice Sculpture Competition Saturday and awarded $700 in cash prizes.
The event attracted three talented ice carvers and was judged by local Ice sculpturist Cal Gonzales, owner of Custom Ice Sculptures.
Greg Schuh took home the grand prize with his sculpture of an Angel Fish.
Mark Fritchie,creator of an eagle sculpture, explained that each contestant started off with a 300-pound block of ice which needed to be tempered to prevent cracking during carving.
While the weather was warmer, relative to the season, Gonzales discussed how threats to the ice sculptures included getting hit directly by UV rays and wind.
The event is looking to include more carvers and even art or culinary students to participate in the future, as event organizers hope to grow the contest.
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