Greenbrier's 2nd Annual Winterfest Weekend - Warm temps for ice carving|

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The  Greenbrier’s 2nd Annual Winterfest Weekend was held on January 6-8 and featured nationally recognized ice carvers competing in individual and team carving competitions.

The winner for the individual competition went to Aaron Costic winning the Gold Medal with the ice sculpture "Wild Hare". The prize was $2,000.

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The team competition winners were Aaron Costic and Jeff Meyers winning the Gold Medal for the ice sculpture "Apollo's Steed". The winners received $2,000.

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The temperature was in the high 40s and low 50s for this 3-day event, as compared to last year's freezing temperature.   Below are the photos of the other ice scupltures in the competition:

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Even though the two photos below were beginning to melt and break, you can still see the great detail in the sculptures. The below sculpture of a hand had a dragonfly on the forefinger, but with the warm weather, the ice was melting and breaking. 

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Part of the wing broke off of this beautiful sculpture.

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The lifetime of an ice sculpture is determined primarily by the temperature of its environment and thus, an ice sculpture can last from mere minutes to possibly months. 

Check out last year's ice sculptures... Ice Sculpting Displays and more at The Greenbrier's First Winterfest Celebration.


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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Beautiful.  Thanks for sharing your photographs.

Have a wonderful week!

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Jan 15, 2012 05:08 AM #1
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Roy, thank you and have a great Sunday!

Jan 15, 2012 05:11 AM #2
Anita Clark
ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Rebecca: Those are amazing.  Incredible detail that can disappear (literally) in under an hour. 

Jan 15, 2012 06:12 AM #3
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Rebecca, what an interesting event to attend, and with those warm days, amazing they did not all melt.   

Jan 15, 2012 07:35 AM #4
Marge Piwowarski
Phoenix AZ Horse Property - Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix AZ Horse Property, LLC

Rebecca, Which one won?  Were there different categories?  How lovely!

Jan 15, 2012 08:04 AM #5
Jeanean Gendron
The Address Realty - Redding, CA
Specializing in Selling Unique Properties

Rebecca, I tried to pick my fav but could not. They are all incredible. I can't believe it is that cold there. We hardly ever get below freezing. I am glad...we like wood burning must take much more wood to stay warm where you live. Beautiful sculptures!

Jan 15, 2012 01:14 PM #6
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Anita, ah and to see those details melt away is sad.

Joan, I wish I had attended Saturday as I may have gotten photos of the winners.

Marge, I added the winners (thanks forgot to add them as I was focusing on the photos). No categories, just individual competition and team competition.

Jeanean, it is hard to pick a favorite, and sorry I did not get photos of all the entries especially the winners. It has so far been a mild winter for us, compared to last year when we had sooo much snow.

Jan 15, 2012 01:16 PM #7
Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

Rebecca, Thanks for sharing, Ice sculptures require an amazing talent, and deliver such beauty!

Jan 15, 2012 03:11 PM #8
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Ice scultping is so beautiful.  I have watched in person and on television.  What an art form that last for only a while.  The same goes for san sculpting.  We have an artist on the beach that creates sculptures frrom diftwood, shells and other things he picks up, and then lets the tide destroy it.  A

Jan 15, 2012 04:52 PM #9
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

I love wthe dog with balancing the bone! I am so impressed with scupting - those artists are pretty amazing to go from a block of something and have the vision and expertise to form it into something amazing. -Kasey

Jan 15, 2012 05:11 PM #10
Ron Cooks
The Real Estate Marketplace - Killeen, TX
Texas Real Estate, Ft Hood/Killeen Homes for Sale

Absolutely AMAZING!!! I saw a sand castle competition, it left me breathless like your pics above.  Thanks for sharing.

Jan 15, 2012 09:26 PM #11
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
26 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

Those are incredible, Rebecca. What an interesting event-I'm sure everyone enjoyed it.

Jan 16, 2012 01:49 AM #12
Vickie Nagy
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate - Palm Springs, CA
Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen

Looks like this was a big competition because there were certainly many quality contenders as these photos show.

Jan 16, 2012 02:55 AM #13
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Home and Condo Specialists

We have enjoyed seeing ice sculptures many times and it's just so amazing how creative these "artists" are knowing their works will only last a short time...but so pretty!

Jan 16, 2012 04:04 AM #14
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Hi Ellen, they certainly do.

Alexandra, sand sculpting is also so awesome and can be destroyed instantly.

Kasey, it is amazing to see a block of ice transform into an art of beauty like the dog with the bone.

Ron, Thanks for stopping by and I love to watch sand sculpting as well.

Toni, this was the second competition held at the Greenbrier, always enjoyable.

Vickie, I believe there were 16 competitors.

Larry & Sheila,  so so amazing !!

Jan 16, 2012 08:17 AM #15
Dale Baker
Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections - Claremont, NH
New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information

Howdy and afternoon Rebecca

Rebecca my friend, folks sure do have a mighty enjoyable time attending the Winterfest of their community. Those sure are mighty good looking ice sculptures in you mighty fine photos.

Have a good one
Dale in New Hampshire

Jan 16, 2012 09:09 AM #16
Karen Hawkins, MBA - Langley & Surrey, BC
Royal Pro Real Estate Network - Langley, BC

Stunning works of art, Rebecca - so unfortunate that they are so temporary!  Thank goodness we have your pictures to admire.  I love the one with dog and bone - but the first price (steed) one is magnificent!

Jan 16, 2012 11:01 AM #17
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Dale, thanks as you can see the weather didn't co-operate with this event :)

Karen, I agree Apollo Steed is magnificient.  The horse's head fell off by the end of the event.

Jan 16, 2012 04:15 PM #18
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

Oh, how beautiful these were...while I love both ice and snow sculptures, there is something about the "crystal" effect of the ice that I really like.  I keep thinking I should come over for that competition - maybe next year!  Hope you are having a wonderful New Year.

Jan 18, 2012 11:44 AM #19
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Susan, if you attend next year, please let me know so we can meet up.

Jan 26, 2012 08:28 AM #20
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