“The Ice Man” of First Night

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One of the favorite attractions at “First Night” in State College every year is the large ice sculptures.  

The DiMartino Ice Company outside of Pittsburgh has been carving giant ice sculptures for First Night in State College for over 20 years.
 
This year they brought 94 small premade ice sculptures and then designed 9 big sculptures between Sunday and Monday.
 
The DiMartino ice company outside of Pittsburgh has been carving giant ice sculptures for First Night in State College for over 20 years.
 
This year they brought 94 small premade ice sculptures and then designed 9 big sculptures between Sunday and Monday.
 
Some call him the ice man…
 
Jared McAlister’s been carving ice since his uncle gave him a chainsaw when he was 14.
 
“Just started cutting small blocks of ice and then eventually worked my way up to carving the big blocks that we have here today,” McAlister, said.
 
Jared and 7 others worked on the First Night sculptures and he says they enjoy showing folks how it’s done.

“It’s interesting to be able to be able to do something that people don’t get to see that often, that people are very interested in,” McAlister, said.
 
Every family has their favorite ice sculpture.
 
The Lockard Family, Indiana, PA
 
“I like the dolphin, the dolphin in the corner looks really cool,” Candi Lockhard, from Indiana, PA, said.  “Yeah, the dolphin,” Al, Candi’s husband said.  “We like the beer mug.”
 
“I enjoyed the dinosaur sculpture, in fact we took a picture of it to send to our Grandkids in Boston,” Terry Etherton, State College resident, said.
 
Even though the sculptures are a lot of work, Jared says he and his family look forward to coming to State College for First Night, every year.
 
“It’s a lot of fun, I mean it’s a really great event, family-focused event,” McAlister, said.  “They always have a lot of really fun activities going on around the community, different arts activities.” Jared said.

 

The big ice sculptures are expected to stay up until 6 PM on New Year’s day and the small ice sculptures like these will be left out until they melt.
 

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