January 11, 2011

Knickerbocker Ice Festival’s Ice Carving Invitational to Feature Four World-Class Ice Sculptors

POMONA, N.Y., Jan. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Four world-class ice sculptors from the tri-state area will be showcasing their skills at the Fifth Annual Knickerbocker Ice Festival 2011 (www.knickerbockericefestival.com) being held at Rockland Lake State Park on January 29th and 30th. Fans will be able to vote for their favorite sculpture and a trophy will be awarded to winner of the friendly competition.

The four ice-carving invitational participants include:

  • Earl Covington (Ice Art; Mamaroneck, NY). Covington was the fan favorite at the 2010 Knickerbocker Ice Festival. He is an Emmy(TM)-award winning ice carver who, in 1997, was awarded second place at the World Ice Art Championships.
  • Bill Covitz, (Ice Matters; Waterbury, CT). Covitz was the Grand Champion at the 2004 National Ice Carving Association's Nationals, placing first on both days of the two-day competition. In March 2006, he placed second at the World Ice Art Championships. Three years later, he placed second in the National Ice Carving Association's Nationals.
  • Gary Costa (The Art of Ice Serving; Burlington, CT) has worked with ice since 1979. He has been in many area competitions, and he specializes in custom work, logos and symbols.
  • John Hedbavny (Woodstock Ice; New Paltz, NY) is a 1999 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. He has been ice carving full-time for about a decade.

Rob Patalano (Rockland Lake Ice Company; Congers, NY), one of the visionaries behind the original Knickerbocker Ice Festival, will be demonstrating how an ice sculpture is created. He will be creating a large sculpture that pays homage to Rockland Lake.

The Fifth Annual Knickerbocker Ice Festival 2011 (www.knickerbockericefestival.com) is a celebration of the crystal clear ice that was once the epicenter of a bustling ice industry in Rockland County. It is being held Saturday, January 29th (11:00am - dark) and Sunday, January 30th (11:00am to 4:00pm). Admission: free; parking: $6.00.

The Knickerbocker Ice Festival celebrates Rockland Lake's history as the epicenter of the ice industry during the 19th century. In addition to the ice carving competitions and demos, the festival features many activities for everyone to enjoy.

SOURCE Knickerbocker Ice Festival