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“Dreams Come True” at the 2012 World Ice Art Championships

Fairbanks, Alaska (AK) – Fairbanks is home to one of the world’s largest annual ice sculpting competitions and exhibitions. Held every year since 1988, the World Ice Art Championships has grown to a month-long event featuring more than 70 teams from around the world. 45,000 visitors come to the Ice Park to see these intricately carved masterpieces. The theme for the 23rd Annual World Ice Art Championships is “Dreams Come True” and promises to deliver over two hundred larger-than-life sized sculptures.

This year, the event is moving to its new home at the George Horner Ice Park at 3050 Phillips Field Road, very close to the previous location. The new locale features a large on-site pond which will produce over four million pounds of "Arctic Diamond" ice—exceptionally clear, thick ice used by the sculptors. The surrounding trees set the perfect backdrop for the competitions' ice sculptures, and there is plenty of room between the pond and the trees for a Kids Park, ice mazes, a skating rink and concession area. Competitions include the Single Block Classic, the Multi-Block Classic, the Amateur Open Exhibition for novices to try out their skills, and the Youth Classic for high school students.

The 2012 World Ice Art Championships will be open daily 10am-10pm, February 28 through March 25, 2012.

To learn more about the World Ice Art Championships call (907) 451-8250, or go to www.icealaska.com. For more information on Fairbanks, request a free copy of the Fairbanks Visitors Guide and Winter Guide from the Fairbanks Convention & Visitors Bureau at 1-800-327-5774 or (907) 456-5774 or by writing to 101 Dunkel Street, Suite 111, Fairbanks, Alaska 99701. You can also order or view the guides online, get information about the Aurora Borealis and see our full schedule of winter events and activities online at www.explorefairbanks.com.

About the FCVB

The Fairbanks Convention and Visitors Bureau is a non-profit marketing organization whose mission is to enhance the quality of the visitor experience and to contribute to the economic well-being of the Fairbanks region by marketing to potential visitors. The FCVB markets Fairbanks as a year-round destination by promoting local events, attractions and activities to independent travelers, group tour operators, travel agents, meeting planners and the media. Find out more at www.explorefairbanks.com.

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