The weather is warming up but that doesn't mean you can’t catch the last bit of winter wonder. The Ice Sculpting Masters Drive-Thru Ice World is coming to the Warren County Fairgrounds from Thursday, March 18 through Saturday, March 20.
The event, presented by Columbus-based ice sculpting company Rock On Ice and the Warren County Fairgrounds, will incorporate about 50 beautifully illuminated, intricate, larger-than-life ice sculptures. These hand-carved sculptures will be enjoyed from the comfort and safety of your own car.
Greg Butauski, a certified master carver at Rock On Ice, says that the event was born out of COVID-19 in an effort to provide people with a safe way to enjoy the art and to help out the ice-carving business.
“We wanted to display our work and include other ice artists whose businesses have been hurt by the pandemic,” Butauski said in an email.
This will be the fourth Ice Sculpting Masters Drive-Thru in Ohio, following two in the Cleveland area and one in Delaware, Ohio.
According to the Rock On Ice Facebook page, the ice sculptures are kept in freezers when they are not on display, so there’s no need to worry about these works of art melting if the weather warms. The page also says that new sculptures will be carved for each night of the event.
Tickets are limited so that lines can be kept at a reasonable length and can be purchased for about $30 per car, SUV, or small van. Guests are encouraged to use the restroom before attending so the flow of traffic is not interrupted.
The event is from 6 to 10 p.m. March 18-20 at the Warren County Fairgrounds in Lebanon at 665 N. Broadway Street.