Ice carvers create sculptures for Shipshewana festival

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More than a dozen ice carvers will be tearing into 16 tons of ice creating sculptures for a northern Indiana town's annual winter festival.

The carvers are starting work Friday the Shipshewana Ice Festival, using chain saws and other tools to shape pieces from 600-pound ice blocks for display around the downtown area.

Festival organizer Levi King tells The News Sun that more than 30,000 pounds of specially made, clear ice blocks have been trucked into the town about 30 miles east of South Bend.

Ice artist Danny Bloss of Niles, Mich., says the Shipshewana event is one of the biggest ice-sculpting events in the region.

The festival runs through Saturday evening.

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