Ice on the Avenue in Old Town Jan. 15-16

       After attracting close to 20,000 visitors a year ago, Ice on the Avenue will be back for its third year in Old Colorado City Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 15-16.
       Sponsored by the Old Colorado City Associates (OCCA) business group, the free event will feature ice sculptures in Bancroft Park and in front of businesses between 24th and 28th streets from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., according to a press release from event spokesperson Gina Kaiser.
       The festival “will feature an interactive checkers and chess ice game, ice horse and cowboy and cowgirl for photo opportunities in Bancroft Park,” her release states.
       People will also have the chance to see ice being carved. The main sculptor again this year will be William Sandusky, who placed third at the World Ice Art Championship in 2009. Through the weekend, he and other sculptors will be shaping and arranging ice blocks, each weighing 300 pounds.
       “We had close to 20,000 people come out for the 2010 Ice on the Avenue and we look forward to another large crowd in 2011,” said Don Wick, OCCA president.
       As part of the event Care and Share will be fundraising, “with ice piggy banks where cash donations can be made,” Kaiser said.

Westside Pioneer/press release