HFCC hosts annual Ice Carving Invitational Nov. 16

Photo courtesy of Henry Ford Community College
Henry Ford Communoity College Ice Carving Club members Lanier Duran (left) and Robert Speeks work on a creation.

DEARBORN — Collegiate ice-carvers from the metropolitan Detroit area are gearing up for the Henry Ford Community College Ice Carving Invitational from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in Parking Lot H of the main campus, 5101 Evergreen.

A number of colleges and universities will compete. Some of these include the University of Michigan, Oakland Community College, Macomb Community College and the Arts Institute of Michigan. All will compete in a three-hour, single block competition.

“This invitational is the first taste of competition that new ice-carvers receive before they dive right into the competition season,” said Lanier Duren, HFCC Ice Carving Club officer. “It gives you a feel for the coming months.

“The new carvers haven’t had the experience that the older students have had. The Ice Carving Invitational gives them a chance to carve in the public eye and under pressure.”

Along with the ice carving competition, students from HFCC’s Ceramics Club, Graphic Novels Club, Baking Club and Phi Theta Kappa will staff booths featuring artwork, food and entertainment for the public.

“This year we’ve expanded the format of the Ice Carving Invitational to create more of a festival-like atmosphere,” HFCC Ice Carving Club President Robert Speeks said. “We’ve invited other student clubs on campus to participate. So there’s going to be more activities for the spectators.”

Admission is free and open to the public. For further information about the competition, contact Jeffrey Lao, HFCC Ice Club adviser, at 313-845-6391 or go to http://ice.hfcc.edu.