Manayunk: Ice Festival Brings Out Community]

The second annual Manayunk On Ice Festival ended with the master carver competition this past weekend where seven nationally renowned ice carvers competed for the People’s Choice Award. While some carvers like Peter Slavin came from the Philadelphia area, others came from much farther away. Vivatt Hong Pong came all the way from Thailand just to carve in the competition.

It was the coldest weekend of this winter so far, but that didn’t stop people from coming out to watch Sunday’s four-hour event that centered around the theme of obsession in honor of Valentine’s Day.

Lisa Bean from East Greenville, Pa., who also attended the event last year, said that the addition of the bleachers this year made the layout of the event much more organized and more enjoyable to watch. Bean said that the cold weather this year helped to keep the ice sculptures from melting like they did last year.

Many of the attendees said that they thought the event was good for the community and that it brought in revenue for the businesses in Manayunk.

Barbara Scott of Virginia said she was in the area to visit her daughter, a student at The University of The Arts. She heard about the competition just the night before and decided to come by. “It’s wonderful to see the community come together,” Scott said.

Scott Rella from Vail, Colo., won the award for his sculpture of a cat peering into a fishbowl. The Manayunk Development Corp. reported that over 20,000 people attended the event.

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