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Tuesday, 20 December 2016 06:32


Board of Directors and Volunteers are meeting this Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Time 5:30 p.m.

Location 1427 Gilliam Way, Fairbanks Alaska 

The Board will present the plan and prioritized list of most critical needs.

This meeting is open to ALL Volunteers for rebuilding and preparing the Ice Park for upcoming events.  


To quote Mr. Brickley, "ICE DON'T BURN!"  We will open the Annual Kids Ice Park on time February 20, 2017 and we will begin the 2017 BP World Ice Art Championships on time February 27, 2017

We will continue to publish updates as information is received.  

Wednesday, 07 December 2016 15:48

For Andy O'Grady

It was reported to me on Dec 5th that Andy O'Grady was involved in a single truck accident north of Fairbanks and did not survive.   Andy was a founding member of Ice Alaska.  Andy was an inspiration to the organization and especially loved operating his forklift.  Over the past 28 years, I am confident,  Andy lifted, moved and stacked over a billion pounds of ice.   I feel blessed knowing  I had the opportunity to spend so much time with this special person.  In fact, on Dec 2nd , I spent the majority of the day with Andy.  We had breakfast at the Bakery Restaurant around 7 am.  We planned what we would do for the day.  Andy and I met at the Ice Art Park around 1:30 pm to lay in the initial driving route for our First Annual Musical Light Display.  I led the way in my truck and Andy followed in his 460 forklift towing the drag for the road.  We made numerous passes to insure the snow would setup properly.  We took a break around 3:15 and went to Denny’s for a snack.  We returned to the Ice Art Park at 4 pm and made more passes over the route.  The full Display route is a bit over 3 miles.  Finally around 5:15, Andy parked his forklift perfectly in his spot in the garage and departed in his Chev truck for home at around 5:30 pm.  I saw him driving east on west Phillips Field Road and was the 2nd to last person to see him.  The last person to see Andy O’Grady was An, Zhe who saw Andy cross Peger Road heading east on Phillips Field Road which passes the old Ice Art Park on ARR property.   Special about this is that the last person to see Andy O’Grady alive was the person An, Zhe that asked Andy O’Grady  4 years earlier for permission to be called Andy as well.  An, Zhe had so much respect for Andy that he wanted his American name to be Andy as well.  We all know An, Zhe as Andy and have for the past 4 years.  

Our thoughts and prayers are with Pearl and the entire O’Grady family.  I apologize if I missed someone but if I did please the word along yourself.

P.S.  I will forever be comforted when I drive by O’Grady Pond on the ARR property, just inside of Chena Landing Loop Road.  It was named after Andy because it was his idea to help the ARR get the wetland permit.  Bob Thomas was the design engineer that took Andy’s suggestion and completed all the paperwork for the Corp of Engineers approval;  or when driving by the Ice Art Park harvest pond which as of this day is officially named, R.A. O’Grady Sr. Pond Too.  That was always the way Andy signed checks.  Finally, and most importantly, each time driving through the Musical Light Display because I know the route was the last thing built  on earth by my friend Andy O’Grady.  I am confident he will be helping the Lord build many things in Heaven.  

Thanks Dick Brickley, Chairman of Ice Alaska.


Saturday, 27 August 2016 20:17

Behind the scenes at Ice Alaska

August 2016

 Drive by the Ice Park and it looks quiet and empty.  But really, now is the time the folks are planning the next big thing for 2017!

Work is underway in the back lot at Ice Alaska to build a perminant sled dog kennel and staging area. We are happy to welcome Laura Alway and Calli Gavora of Golden Heart Dog Tours.  

Their target date is December 1 to begin operating sled dog rides through the Park area.  





Tuesday, 24 May 2016 03:57

Weekend Flea Market


Hey Fairbanks! Beginning this weekend, May 27th, the folks at Ice Alaska are opening up the park for Craft and Flea Market experience. Do you have a cool craft you want to sell? Each Friday / Saturday / and Sunday you can rent an outdoor space ($25/day), what ever you can fit in your car, and set up "shop"! 

**Please note - nothing inappropriate for a family friendly venue**

Contact the Ice Park: 451-8250 x3 for more information. 
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Tuesday, 12 April 2016 03:51

2016 Walt Coty People Choice Awards

Congratulations and well done to all the fantastic artists participating in this year's Ice Alaska and BP World Ice Art Championships.  

We've tallied all the visitor ballots and here are this year's Peoples Choice Winners:  


Walt Coty People Choice Award

     SB Classic Realistic—Team Mongolia, Lkhagvadorj Dorjsuren and Enkh-Erdene Ganbataar—each artist receives $150.00

     SB Classic Abstract—Tm Texas, Buddy Rasmussen and Dean DeMarias each artist receives $150.00

     MB Classic Realistic—Tm SC/AK, Edwin Hutchison, Angeleto Baban, Daniel Howell, Heather Brice.  each artist receives $100.00

     MB Classic Abstract—Tm OR/AK James Stugart, Robert Stugart, George Rosa, Kyle Nailing  each artist receives $100.00

Monday, 11 April 2016 20:15

Announcing Ice AK Winners

We had a wonderful year with new features at the Ice Park.  Thank you all for your participation.  

Below are the list of winners from both the Kids Slide-A-Mile and the Visitor Pass winners of Alaska Airlines tickets:


Fairbanks Ice Museum Slide-A-Mile--

     Nolan Thibodean—8472 feet—Receives Governor’s Certificate + $50.00

     Spencer Thibodean—5848 feet— Receives Governor’s Certificate + $50.00

     Jack Gilman 5709—5709 feet--Receives Governor’s Certificate + $25.00

     Trevor Gilman ---5402 feet  Receives Governor’s Certificate + $25.00


Alaska Airlines Tickets—Valued at $1500 each—good for any Alaska Airlines destination

     Day Pass—Todd Solomon of Fairbanks

     Season Pass holder—Winklmann Family Healy, AK

     Ice Art Supporter—Larson’s Locksmith

     Ice Alaska volunteer – Susan Burgess

Friday, 25 March 2016 06:48

Final Days with Ice

This has been a fantastic year of ice art.  In all the 12 years that I've been volunteering for Ice Alaska, this is by far the largest field of exhibits that I can remember.  One aspect I enjoy, besides watching these fantastic sculptures being built, is how the elements affect them.  This week in particular, Break Up has arrived in Fairbanks, and with the return of our sun, we have some real heat with that light.  The effects of the the disintegrating ice can be very beautiful.  Below are some of what I find are the more interesting effects of Sunlight on Ice...

MultiBlock - Sea Snare - the Whales have become opaque from the morning sun.  

MultiBlock - HALO - the morning sunlight is causing pitting and ice-rot.  the effect reminds me of weathered patina on some old statue.  Any day now, I expect the wings to crumble off.

MultiBlock - A New Hope - This is amazing, the sword hasn't fallen!  You can see that both the sword and Luke's arms have some serious ice rot from direct sun exposure, but he's holding together.  

MultiBlock - Cool Beans - the upper quarter of this tree tall beanstalk is now totally opaque from  sunlight, and much of the detail work has melted away.  But this is another surprising exhibit that looks very delicate, yet is balanced well enough to remain standing.

SingleBlock - Mission On Mars - being located in the trees it is protected by much of the direct sunlight, yet there has been some melting, and the helmet on the astronaut is now almost perfectly clear.  

SingleBlock - The Beginning of Time - The combination of morning sun and warm ambient temperatures have made this piece almost perfectly clear.  Notice how the centerpiece has become so clear as to act as a lens and the young couple seen through the optics of the ice.  

SingleBlock - Hard to Handle - not too much direct sunlight on this piece through the trees.  Natural melting has caused the texture of the cat to photograph like molten metal.

SingleBlock - Concentration - This is another one of those exhibits that remains standing with only minimal sun damage.  The circus loops have since fallen off, and the woman's facial features and her fingers have melted a little, but the grace and illusion of life in this piece are still evident.  


Thursday, 24 March 2016 07:43

Easter Egg Hunt Saturday

Thank you Fred Meyer and Alaska Airlines for supporting the Ice Alaska Kids Park and Park Activities.  

This is our final week of Ice Alaska.  We are organizing one more big party just for the Kids.  This coming Saturday, March 26, thanks to donations from our Ice Supporters, Ice Alaska is hosting an Easter Egg Hunt.  

For 2 hours only, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Saturday, admission for all kids 12 and under is free!  Kids, you can bring your parents along with you and it will only cost them $5.00 each.  

We have many wonderful fun prizes to give away, so stop by and join the hunt!

Saturday, 05 March 2016 18:48

Ice Park Behind the Scenes

Here's a little behind the scenes of what it takes to prepare an Ice Park.  Alaska's weather has been a little unpredictable, and with some early warming temps, the Ice Park has been making adjustments to protect the sculptures so they will last through out the month.  Enter the IBEW and this year's new apprentices. 

Ice Alaska needed some new sun screens, so Mr. Dick Brickley purchased some poles, and Lineman Instructor, Mr. David McIsaac, brought the apprentices and they went to work setting poles.  A great opportunity for the Apprentices to get some practice in, and for Ice Alaska to have foundations set for more sun screens. 


Friday, 04 March 2016 20:19

Congratulations Single Block Artists!

The Alaska Digital Printing 2016 Single Block Classic is complete

Last evening we awarded the winners and this evening all 46 exhibits are expected to have their colored light effects .  Stop by the park and see this wonderful work in person.  For a list of the judging results see our indexing page:

Special mention was made to Charlie Neff and Rich Clinton, the team on site 48 "Free-Range Chicken".  Their site has been interactive with the community.  These chickens and their eggs have been found roosting all over Fairbanks!  Our President, Hank Bartos, presented the President's Award to this team for taking their exhibit out of the park and involving the Fairbanks Community to help advertise Ice Alaska.  

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