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Clear winners in ice carving contest

SALISBURY — The temperature dropped, the sun stayed behind the clouds for the most part and there was even a tiny bit of snow Saturday (Feb. 11).

This was good news for the ice carving competition, now in its 11th year as part of the Salisbury Winter Sports Association’s (SWSA) Jumpfest weekend.

Pieter Lefferts, the judge, and organizer/SWSA member Willie Hallihan presented the prizes at 3:30 p.m.

The professional carvers each got two blocks of ice and had four hours to carve, using electric chainsaws and a variety of other implements.The amateurs got half the ice and time.

The area around the Scoville Memorial Library was full of electric generators and curious onlookers.

Matt Tarzano of New Milford, working under a tent, was a model of concentration. The piece of ice he was shaping gave no clue that it would eventually be part of a large, elaborate spider sculpture, called Arachnophobia. He won second place in the professional category.

Jeff Scarpa of Lakeville won both the first place-professional category and the People’s Choice award with his elephant piece, titled Welcome to the Circus.

— Patrick L. Sullivan


Third place — Brian Schock, Southington, Basket

Second place — Tom Vigeant, Falls Village, Leaping Dolphin

First place — Marie McLeod, Windsor, Horsey


Fourth place — Jeremiah Bickford, Ashley Falls, Mass., Alice and Caterpillar

Third place — Carl Zejke Hermann, Cornwall, Angel

Second place — Mat Tarzano, New Milford, Arachnophobia

First place and People’s Choice — Jeff Scarpa, Lakeville, Welcome to the Circus

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