Once again the January First Fridays event was absolutely amazing. I have had the opportunity to be involved in each of the Fire and Ice Festivals as an ice carver. I have also participated in about 20 ice festivals each year for the past six years. The Goshen event is always one of the best-attended and the ice carvers enjoy talking with the spectators and engaging with the children.
Ice carvers are aware that their creations are temporary, and will eventually disappear. That is part of the allure of the medium.
What is disappointing is to see sculptures destroyed before their time. I constantly speak to ice festival organizers from around the Midwest about how wonderful Goshen’s event has been and how incredible the spectators and residents of this town support ice sculpting. I will now have to hesitate before bragging about my town. The mindless destruction of so many ice sculptures is a sad commentary on our town. I don’t know if I should be mad at the perpetrators, their parents (even if the criminals are adults) or the community at large.
I realize that a small group of small-minded individuals most likely caused this damage, and I should not let it cast a dark light on the community. I will ask that if one of your friends acts in this way in the future, you take a hard look at who your friends really are. Destruction is not entertainment and brings joy to no one.
Thank you once again to Goshen and First Fridays for a fantastic event.
— Greg Beachey