The 2004 Peninsula Winter Games have begun with Monopoly tournaments, basketball shootouts, ice carving and dog races. Last week the signs of the Peninsula's Winter Martygraw started taking shape with spectacular ice sculptures showing up at businesses places around town. Formerly from Michigan, ice carver John Trofimuk, chipped out the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce logo if front of the Visitors Center at the bridge in Soldotna.
"I've been carving since I was about 12 years old and I'm 57 now, so I've been doing it for a long time. I'm now carving with John Iverson and Scott Hansen at his place in Sterling and I've decided to get into the competition this year with a partner coming down from Palmer," said Trofimuk. Primarily a wood carver, Trofimuk finds working in ice intriguing. This summer Hansen plans to have the first hand carved wooden carosel completed and in operation according to carver John Iverson, "It's one of Scott's biggest projects so far. We already have a moose, caribou, grizzly bear, and walrus already completed and were attempting to do a Dahl sheep and an eagle or ram to complete the carousel," said Iverson. When finished the carousel will be the only one of its kind in Alaska.
The actual ice carving competition will be this Saturday at the Soldotna Sports Center and from noon on everyone will have a chance to vote for the People's Choice Award.
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