Ice, Ice Baby!


Celebrating Winterfest

By Brittany Hively - [email protected]



An estimated 1,200 people attended the inaugural Gallia Winterfest.

An estimated 1,200 people attended the inaugural Gallia Winterfest.


Brittany Hively | OVP

Tyson Whistler, Whistler Ice Works, completed a large dragon ice sculpture throughout the day; allowing families to watch how the art is created.


Brittany Hively | OVP

Whistler Ice Works spent the duration of the Winterfest completing an intricate dragon piece for the community to enjoy.


Brittany Hively | OVP

The Gallia-Vinton ESC setup various “snow” games for children to play and win a prize.


Brittany Hively | OVP

During the event, families took a map around Gallipolis City Park to see the ice sculptures and get clues to figure out a secret message.


Brittany Hively | OVP

A synthetic ice rink was setup, allowing families to take to the “ice” for some skating.


Brittany Hively | OVP

An ode to the Silver Bridge, Whistler Ice Works completed an ice version of the bridge.


Brittany Hively | OVP

Ice sculptures from Whistler Ice Works set up around Gallipolis City Park varied from wildlife, architecture pieces and intricate clock pieces.


Brittany Hively | OVP

A waving American Flag replicated out of ice, completed by Whistler Ice Works.


Brittany Hively | OVP

The lighthouse ice sculpture brought a little piece of the beach to the Ohio River bordered state.


Brittany Hively | OVP

Little Miss Gallia County Keely Pishner took her shot at curling during the Winterfest.


Brittany Hively | OVP

A trackless train was available for both adults and children to enjoy a ride.


Brittany Hively | OVP

Several activities were available throughout the day, including curling, slapshot hockey and a synthetic curling rink.


Brittany Hively | OVP

Community members took their shot at the ice rink for some synthetic ice skating.


Brittany Hively | OVP

A synthetic ice rink allowed people to ice skate right on First Avenue.


Brittany Hively | OVP

Throughout the day, people could watch the different stages of Tyson Whistler working on the dragon ice sculpture.


Brittany Hively | OVP

Whistler Ice Works completes intricate designs out of large blocks of ice.


Brittany Hively | OVP

The Ohio State piece was extra special for fans.


Brittany Hively | OVP

GALLIPOLIS, Ohio — Over 1,000 people faced the wind and cooler temperatures for the inaugural Gallia Winterfest hosted by the Gallia-Vinton Educational Service Center (ESC).

The event was held in Gallipolis City Park to encourage family engagement.

“We had 1,029 people register at the registration desk,” said David Moore, educational consultant. “I believe we had at least 1,200 throughout the day because there were some who did not register.”

The day consisted of several activities around the park, including a scavenger hunt that took families around to see various ice sculptures by Tyson Whistler with Whistler Ice Works.

Whistler also worked on a large dragon ice sculpture throughout the day, so people could watch the icy magic take place.

With the excitement shown from families, an event for next year is already in the works, Moore said.

“We are already making plans for next year. We hope this is the first of many such events in the future,” Moore said.

While the wind led the penguin toss and life-size snow globe to be taken down, families still had plenty to do.

Activities included ice skating, slapshot hockey, curling, ring toss, pin-the-nose-on-Olaf, a train ride and refreshments from Three Dots Mobile Bar and Co. and Kona Ice.

The event was completely free to the public, sponsored by Gallia-Vinton ESC, Gallia Job and Family Services, Gallia Commissioners and the City of Gallipolis.

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An estimated 1,200 people attended the inaugural Gallia Winterfest.
https://www.mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2022/02/web1_IMG_5365.jpgAn estimated 1,200 people attended the inaugural Gallia Winterfest. Brittany Hively | OVP

Tyson Whistler, Whistler Ice Works, completed a large dragon ice sculpture throughout the day; allowing families to watch how the art is created.
https://www.mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2022/02/web1_IMG_5378.jpgTyson Whistler, Whistler Ice Works, completed a large dragon ice sculpture throughout the day; allowing families to watch how the art is created. Brittany Hively | OVP

Whistler Ice Works spent the duration of the Winterfest completing an intricate dragon piece for the community to enjoy.
https://www.mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2022/02/web1_IMG_5399.jpgWhistler Ice Works spent the duration of the Winterfest completing an intricate dragon piece for the community to enjoy. Brittany Hively | OVP

The Gallia-Vinton ESC setup various “snow” games for children to play and win a prize.
https://www.mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2022/02/web1_IMG_5414.jpgThe Gallia-Vinton ESC setup various “snow” games for children to play and win a prize. Brittany Hively | OVP

During the event, families took a map around Gallipolis City Park to see the ice sculptures and get clues to figure out a secret message.
https://www.mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2022/02/web1_IMG_5427.jpgDuring the event, families took a map around Gallipolis City Park to see the ice sculptures and get clues to figure out a secret message. Brittany Hively | OVP

A synthetic ice rink was setup, allowing families to take to the “ice” for some skating.
https://www.mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2022/02/web1_IMG_5432.jpgA synthetic ice rink was setup, allowing families to take to the “ice” for some skating. Brittany Hively | OVP

An ode to the Silver Bridge, Whistler Ice Works completed an ice version of the bridge.
https://www.mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2022/02/web1_IMG_5442.jpgAn ode to the Silver Bridge, Whistler Ice Works completed an ice version of the bridge. Brittany Hively | OVP

Ice sculptures from Whistler Ice Works set up around Gallipolis City Park varied from wildlife, architecture pieces and intricate clock pieces.
https://www.mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2022/02/web1_IMG_5451.jpgIce sculptures from Whistler Ice Works set up around Gallipolis City Park varied from wildlife, architecture pieces and intricate clock pieces. Brittany Hively | OVP

A waving American Flag replicated out of ice, completed by Whistler Ice Works.
https://www.mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2022/02/web1_IMG_5455.jpgA waving American Flag replicated out of ice, completed by Whistler Ice Works. Brittany Hively | OVP

The lighthouse ice sculpture brought a little piece of the beach to the Ohio River bordered state.
https://www.mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2022/02/web1_IMG_5457.jpgThe lighthouse ice sculpture brought a little piece of the beach to the Ohio River bordered state. Brittany Hively | OVP

Little Miss Gallia County Keely Pishner took her shot at curling during the Winterfest.
https://www.mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2022/02/web1_IMG_5508.jpgLittle Miss Gallia County Keely Pishner took her shot at curling during the Winterfest. Brittany Hively | OVP

A trackless train was available for both adults and children to enjoy a ride.
https://www.mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2022/02/web1_IMG_5553.jpgA trackless train was available for both adults and children to enjoy a ride. Brittany Hively | OVP

Several activities were available throughout the day, including curling, slapshot hockey and a synthetic curling rink.
https://www.mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2022/02/web1_IMG_5562.jpgSeveral activities were available throughout the day, including curling, slapshot hockey and a synthetic curling rink. Brittany Hively | OVP

Community members took their shot at the ice rink for some synthetic ice skating.
https://www.mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2022/02/web1_IMG_5571.jpgCommunity members took their shot at the ice rink for some synthetic ice skating. Brittany Hively | OVP

A synthetic ice rink allowed people to ice skate right on First Avenue.
https://www.mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2022/02/web1_IMG_5572.jpgA synthetic ice rink allowed people to ice skate right on First Avenue. Brittany Hively | OVP

Throughout the day, people could watch the different stages of Tyson Whistler working on the dragon ice sculpture.
https://www.mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2022/02/web1_IMG_5582.jpgThroughout the day, people could watch the different stages of Tyson Whistler working on the dragon ice sculpture. Brittany Hively | OVP

Whistler Ice Works completes intricate designs out of large blocks of ice.
https://www.mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2022/02/web1_IMG_5447.jpgWhistler Ice Works completes intricate designs out of large blocks of ice. Brittany Hively | OVP

The Ohio State piece was extra special for fans.
https://www.mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2022/02/web1_IMG_5453.jpgThe Ohio State piece was extra special for fans. Brittany Hively | OVP
Celebrating Winterfest

By Brittany Hively

[email protected]

Brittany Hively is a staff writer for Ohio Valley Publishing. Follow her on Twitter @britthively; reach her at (740) 446-2342 ext 2555.

Brittany Hively is a staff writer for Ohio Valley Publishing. Follow her on Twitter @britthively; reach her at (740) 446-2342 ext 2555.