HFC hosts annual collegiate ice carving contest Nov. 12

Photo courtesy of Henry Ford College A Henry Ford College ice carver creates a work of art at the Plymouth Ice Festival in January.

Photo courtesy of Henry Ford College
A Henry Ford College ice carver creates a work of art at the Plymouth Ice Festival in January.

DEARBORN — Students from southeast Michigan colleges will compete in the sixth annual Henry Ford College Collegiate Ice Carving Invitational Nov. 12 on the main campus, 5101 Evergreen.

Teams from HFC, University of Michigan, Oakland Community College, Macomb Community College, the Arts Institute of Michigan–Novi and the Culinary Institute of Michigan–Port Huron will compete from 9 a.m. to noon, in Parking Lot 2.

Students will compete for prizes and the Chef Richard Teeple Golden Chainsaw Trophy, named after the retired HFC culinary instructor. They will have three hours to carve a 300-pound block of ice into a work of art.

Ice carvers will have to execute custom designs of their own choosing. They will be judged on creativity, design, symmetry and technique. Ice carvings will be available for viewing until 3 p.m. that same day, weather permitting.

This event is free and open to the public.

For many of these colleges, the invitational is the opening event for a competition season that runs from December through February. The carvers will travel throughout Michigan and the Midwest to compete in the growing art of ice carving.

The season reaches its high point the last weekend of January when the students compete at the National Collegiate Championships at Zehnder’s Snow Fest in Frankenmuth.

“Lifetime rivalries in ice carving are built on competitions like HFC’s yearly invitational,” HFC Ice Carving Club President Mark Tampakes said. “These Michigan ice carvers will be competing against each other throughout the season and it all begins at the HFC Invitational.

“We compete against each other and when the clock runs out, we’ll all eat lunch together and begin planning for the next ice carving contest.”

“The HFC Invitational is the first taste of competition for many new carvers,” said Robert Speeks, former club president and veteran collegiate ice carver. “To new college ice carvers, the HFC Invitational is not only their introduction to ice carving competition, but a chance to make new, lifelong ice carving friends.”

For further information, contact HFC Ice Carving Club Advisor Jeffrey Lao at 313-845-6391 or Jjlao1@hfcc.edu, or go to www.HFCCice.com.