Even though they are not as permanent as the sculptures created by the masters like Michelangelo and Rodin, the men and women who create ice sculptures are no less skilled at what they do.

These modern masters use their chisel and hammer to create everything from iconic buildings, to animals, to people.

If you have always wanted to see them work, you are going to want to make a trip to Belfast this weekend.

The annual Belfast Ice Festival and State of Maine Ice Carving Championship takes over the coastal Maine town of Belfast this Thursday through Sunday.

In addition to the ice sculptures, there will be a weekend filled with events.

Everything kicks off on Thursday night with a paint night event at Delvino’s and trivia at the Front Street Pub.

On Friday, there’ll be a bourbon tour at the town’s restaurants.  There will also be an outdoor pizza kitchen.

Both Saturday and Sunday will be filled with family-friendly events.  There’ll be a bunch of activities for the kids, including cupcake decorating.  There will be plenty for the adults to enjoy, too.  Some restaurants will have ice bars, and there will be Tito’s Vodka and Kahlua-tasting events.  Festival-goers will be able to enjoy lots of live music, too.

What about the ice sculptures?

The real highlight of the weekend is the chance to see these ice artists in action.  Each participant in the 3rd Annual State of Maine Ice Carving Championship will be given a block of ice and a pedestal on which to display their creation.  They provide their own tools.

Starting at 10 AM on Saturday, there’ll be ice sculpting demos.

The judging, which will start at 3 PM, will take place in the lot at the corner of Maine Street and Cross Street.  There will be cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.

Get all the details and a complete list of events HERE.

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