Live ice sculpting will be featured as Kiwanis Holiday Lights’ newest attraction next week in Mankato’s Sibley Park. Adam Scholljegerdes and Joe Christenson, who have created winning sculptures at the St. Paul Winter Carnival, Waseca’s Sleigh and Cutter Days and other area contests, have been engaged to create a lighted 7’x30’ “Old Man Winter” sculpture in the farm area at Sibley Park.
“Our goal is to grow Kiwanis Holiday Lights each year, which not only means adding more lights, but also adding new and unique experiences and events,” said Scott Wojcik, President of Kiwanis Holiday Lights. “The opportunity arose for us to partner with the Twin Rivers Council for the Arts in adding an artistic element to Kiwanis Holiday Lights and we were also fortunate for the additional corporate support we’ve received from CHS in making the sculpting event possible.”
This new addition to Kiwanis Holiday Lights is presented by CHS, with additional support from the Twin Rivers Council for the Arts and KMSU Radio, through funding from the Minnesota State Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund, as appropriated by the Minnesota legislature.
“CHS is pleased to extend its ongoing sponsorship of the Kiwanis Holiday Lights display to this newest attraction, which is sure to delight visitors from across the region,” says Jim Graham, CHS plant manager, Mankato, Minn. “We’re proud of our commitment to partnering with civic leaders like the Kiwanis to help build vibrant communities and to be a committed steward in every community in which we do business through safe and sustainable operations, alongside contributions of our time and resources. ”
Scholljegerdes and Christenson will work on the sculpture each evening starting Thursday, December 17 through Saturday, December 19. The completed ice sculpture will be on display until Dec. 31, weather permitting.