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     No, I am not a meteorologist nor a physic, but I do know for a fact that 39,000 pounds of ice will arrive in Branson, Mo. in the wee hours of the morning on Saturday, February 4, 2012. Why? The National Ice Carving Association has chosen Branson, Mo. as the site for their 2012 U.S. National Championships. 30 Top Ice Carvers from across the nation will meet in the Titanic Museum Attraction parking lot in Branson, Mo. to chisel, drill, and torch 300 pound blocks of ice into amazing works of art. This years competition will include a new speed carving division which is sure to excite my little ones!! The top prize winner will receive $25,000 and will then go on to compete internationally.

Titanic seems to be a great fit for this National Competition as this isn’t the first time Titanic has been honored to host this type of event. My family had a great time last year when Titanic hosted it’s 5th annual regional ice carving competition. We couldn’t believe what an amazing art form this truly is and we were drawn in emotionally to these carvers and hoped that their individual carvings would withstand the elements and make it to the final judgement.

 
 

My boys are counting the days until this year’s event which will be held February 4 & 5 – Super Bowl Weekend. We plan to go early (9am) on February 4th to meet the carvers and find out what they are working on. (By the way, you can park at White Water and be shuttled to Titanic. There won’t be much parking at Titanic because of the large quantity of ice and competitors.) Then, we will go inside Titanic to view the new Molly Brown Gallery that just opened. I had the pleasure of viewing this amazing gallery full of artifacts from Margaret Tobin Brown’s life last weekend.

On Sunday, February 5th, when all carvings are ready for judgement around 2:00pm-3:00pm, we will come back and route for our favorites. Of course we will make it home in time for our own Super Bowl “party”. Go Patriots!!!

Make your plans now to come see this National Ice Carving Competition. Branson is becoming more of a year round destination as each New Year passes. For a complete list of what is currently open in Branson, visit http://www.explorebranson.com/ . I will see you at the Titanic Museum Attraction next weekend.

Titanic’s 5th Annual Ice Carving Competition
Ice Sculpture by one of the NICA Competitors
Time Square New York – Advertising the NICA Event in Branson, Mo.