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Ice man, others create a beautiful draw

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Mayor Bruce Hagen

Oh, what a night! The weather was spring like, children playing, conversation around the fire pits, s’mores galore, and vendors providing a variety of food, and of course, the hot chocolate.

For the second year, Roger "The Ice Man" Hansen provided the central attraction for another successful and spectacular festival. The ice castle and amazing fireworks were a delight for two Saturday evenings in midst of winter.

The Ice Festival is one example of community festivals and events that bring us all together, especially families. Seeing the children playing, roasting marshmallows and s’mores, families from Superior-Duluth and afar enjoying this winter event was Superior in every way. Especially, heartwarming was witnessing the interaction between the Ice Princesses and young girls all dressed up in their own princess attire being photographed. Memories were made.

As with all events, there are many to thank and recognize. First would be the many people that visited the ice sculpture and the activities over two weeks. This past week recorded more than 16,000 visitors with a total for the two weeks being more than 23,000.

A sincere and deep thank you goes out to Mary Morgan, parks, recreation and forestry director. Her organization skills, working long hours to bring this event about and relationship with major sponsors and vendors was delivered impeccably.

Without major sponsors, there would not be a festival. We thank and appreciate the contributions and onsite assistance from National Bank of Commerce, Kwik Trip, Superior Water, Light & Power, Red Rock Radio, The Chamber, Dunkin’ Donuts, and all the vendors and volunteers. Special thanks to organizations in providing the various events and community awareness. We were fortunate to have Mentor Superior, the Humane Society of Douglas County, the Jaycee’s, Superior Young Professionals, Dan Fanning from the University of Wisconsin-Superior and Superior Police Department officers Nick Eastman, Bonnie Beste and Tyler Rude along with Chris Wagner, animal control officer put on demonstrations with K-9 Marik for the crowds of visitors. The Lake Superior NERR provided their spacious facility for programs.

Saturday’s weather was beyond belief and did not adversely affect the ice sculpture, attendance or festivities. If you missed out on the lighting of the sculpture and the fireworks, I can say that it was one of the most beautiful and proud productions that one could imagine. Special thanks to Event Specialties for their creativity.

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