Jack Frost festival sculptures reduced to pile of ice and snow

Brian McInnis
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It took most of February to build what makes the Jack Frost Children's Winterfest so much fun for the kids, but in a matter of several days the site will be nothing more than a pile of snow and ice.

Workers were busy Monday morning tearing down the site, removing fencing, scaffolding, tents, trailers and anything else associated with the festival that ran for three days last weekend.

One of the first things to go was the huge sledding hill. An escavator reduced it to a pile of ice and snow that will take heavy rains and much warmer temperatures to melt it away.

The theme of the festival was Sesame Street and the artists from Ephemeral Arts Ltd. of British Columbia spent at least two weeks carving and sculpting the street scene replete with several buildings, one of which The Guardian occupied the top floor, and if you looked close you could even see Oscar the Grouch peeking out of his trash can. On one corner was Count von Count who seemed willing to help any youngster with their numbers. He seemed to be watching over the destruction of the site.

Workers said it would be later Monday or Tuesday that the actual sculptures will be knocked down.

The festival was back this year after being absent last year and was held at the Chaarlottetown Event Ground with indoor activities at the Eastlink Centre.

Organizations: Ephemeral Arts Ltd. of British Columbia, Eastlink Centre

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  • baffled
    March 04, 2014 - 10:37

    we spent all of that money to build a lovely area, then spend more money to tear it down. Why?? Why not leave the beautiful sculptures up for people to enjoy?? I understand taking down anything that could be dangerous as it melts, this makes no sense.

  • peter
    March 03, 2014 - 11:21

    Could somebody tell my why we are paying to destroy the snow and ice items, instead of letting it die a natural death by sunshine-- Get all unnatural material out, fences etc. but leave the rest to thaw. Make work project is it----

    • TD MacRae
      March 03, 2014 - 11:41

      On the surface it does seem wasteful but the City, SCL, and possibly others could face liability issues if the unmonitored site was left as is. Insurance coverage for JF would not extend beyond the event.

    • Shaun
      March 03, 2014 - 14:38

      It isn't just liability. If everyone knew that they could enjoy the outdoor JF facilities for free as soon as the festival closed, no one would pay money for tickets. Our family (6 people) forked over $140 for weekend passes - I guarantee that we wouldn't have spent that money if we could have gone today for free. It may seem wasteful, but not destroying the venue would make this a guaranteed money-loser.