Ice carvers got out their chain saws and other tools to make works of art from 300-pound blocks of ice. The University of Akron's Ice Fest features a tribute to the men's soccer team, a "Zippy throne," and other carvings.
John Dreslinski was getting started on a snowboarder. He expected to it take about three hours.
"It's all this to get the framework done, first, then do the detail last, so it's kind of like construction" said Dreslinski.
Dreslinski does not have to worry about his finished product melting right away., something on the mind of Dr. Charlotte Burrell, who coordinates Ice Fest.
"We had the ice festival one year and we were holding our breath because it was so warm and we didn't want our sculptures to melt before they were viewed by anyone," said Burrell. "But today, as Chef (Alford) said, 'A perfect ice carving day.'"
Burrell says holding the event outside the student center raises awareness of the culinary arts program.