April 16, 2014

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Rain can’t dampen spirits at Vermilion Ice-A-Fair

Aaron Costic works with his company, Elegant Ice Creations, to create ice sculptures on Saturday morning at the Vermilion Ice-A-Fair to Remember.  Meyers is creating a whale, which is just one of 57 ice sculptures at the festival. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

Aaron Costic works with his company, Elegant Ice Creations, to create ice sculptures on Saturday morning at the Vermilion Ice-A-Fair to Remember. Meyers is creating a whale, which is just one of 57 ice sculptures at the festival. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

VERMILION — Organizers of the city’s annual Ice-A-Fair were hoping for better weather, but that didn’t stop people from coming out to view the ice sculptures, said Main Street Vermilion Co-chairwoman Janet Ruh.

As many as 57 ice sculptures, created by Elegant Ice Creations, were on display in front of city businesses Saturday. Heavy rainfall throughout the day didn’t put a damper on the festivities, as artists demonstrated ice carving and Lolly the Trolley offered train rides.

Ruh said organizers hope to spark more business downtown through the event.

“We’ve had some businesses tell us that they’ve been able to pay a bill because of the event,” she said.

Sue Hunt, fellow Main Street Vermilion co-chairwoman, said businesses can order an ice carving before the event, and business owners pick the design they want. Ice-A-Fair’s biggest sponsors are University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center and Nelson Vein Center in North Olmsted, she said.

“The merchants are happy, we’re happy, and the people came from all over,” she said.

Following Ice-A-Fair, Main Street Vermilion held its annual Meltdown Party, which featured wine, cheese, soup and sliders, as well as a $1,000 cash prize.

The prize money is frozen in an ice sculpture, and “Cold Hard Cash” tickets were purchased earlier in the day for the raffle.

Ruh said the money raised from the event goes to Main Street Vermilion for future events benefiting the city.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or cmiller@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @ChelseaMillerCT.