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Cold keeps IceFest statues intact

February 03, 2013|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The 11th annual IceFest ended late Sunday afternoon, but visitors to the town in the next couple days may glimpse the 70 ice sculptures that are the weekend event’s backbone.

The ice sculptures, except for the slide, will remain as long as weather conditions leave them intact, then borough crews will remove the pieces, according to Penny Shaul, chairwoman of the festival’s organizing committee.

The sculptures were well photographed as thousands of people descended on the downtown starting Thursday evening.

“I truly don’t think the cold affected the crowds,” Shaul said.

In 2012, rain and warmer temperatures took a toll on the ice sculptures. The conditions this year proved better for the displays.

“The nice thing is the sculptures still look great because it’s been so cold. Last year, we had to put pictures on the sculptures,” Shaul said.

Her husband, Guy, manned the slide and said overall turnout seemed lower than some years. He said he enjoys watching children and adults try the slide.

“The first time, there’s always some good expressions on the apprehensive ones’ faces,” Guy Shaul said.

Kyleigh Teal, 10, gave the slide a good review.

“It was very fun,” she said.

Kyleigh’s cousin, 9-year-old Caleb Eckert, urged his family to attend this year’s IceFest because he enjoyed it in the past. His mother, Tricia Eckert, said the sculptures are always well done.

This year’s chili cook-off featured its biggest crowds, and a new “11/30 block party” was attended by about 150 people ages 21 and older, according to Penny Shaul.

“We’ve been getting visitors from all over,” she said.

Shaul operates the Here’s Looking at You boutique. She said other downtown business owners shared with her positive feedback about customer visits associated with IceFest.

The committee of volunteers will start planning the 2014 IceFest in June. Penny Shaul said the volunteers will first evaluate what worked well this year.

“Every year you learn something new,” she said.

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