mohican winter fest ice sculpture

Shawn Eckhart of Elegant Ice Creations uses a chain saw to trace the design of a butterfly on a block of ice during Mohican Winterfest. Each ice block measured about 40 inches long, 40 inches tall and 10 inches deep. 

LOUDONVILLE -- Stephen and Meghan Self stood with their five children in Central Park, watching in awe as a man with a chainsaw created a work of art.

The annual Mohican Winterfest centers around ice sculptures. Downtown businesses sponsored about 35 of them to line the sidewalks Saturday morning. Meanwhile, artists from Elegant Ice Creations crafted more during a live demonstration in the park.

The Self family, of Ashland, attended the festival for the first time this year. Red-nosed and bundled-up, the children watched in fascination as carver Shawn Eckert turned a 300-pound block of ice into a butterfly.

“They really like sculptures where you can stick your face in and get a picture," their mother, Meghan said. "Those are their favorites.”

The festival also featured a model train expo, tours of Workman Cabin and the Wolf Creek/Pine Run Grist Mill and three screenings of "Spider-Man No Way Home" at Loudonville's Ohio Theater.

For families like the Selfs, it was a nice chance to beat the cabin fever that can set in during the colder months.

“I like that it's something to do in the wintertime as opposed to being shut in the house all winter,” Stephen said. “It's nice to see all the different shops because you drive them all the time but if you’re just passing through, you’re not really going in.”