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Missoula College culinary arts students carve ice sculptures

Published On: Dec 31 2013 05:01:05 PM MST   Updated On: Dec 31 2013 05:07:28 PM MST
Ice Carving

Mild weather didn't stop Missoula College culinary arts students from building traditional ice sculptures for First Night Missoula.

This year, the students had two themes. They created an ice grizzly bear and cub to represent the University of Montana and a First Night Missoula logo for its 20th anniversary.

The mother grizzly stands 12 feet tall and the students worked all day on Tuesday to carve her out of 15 blocks of ice. Each block weighed 300 pounds.

"It's just a wonderful experience for our students to be able to do something of this scale," said Tom Campbell, director of culinary arts at the Missoula College. "You don't get to see this very often, and the students don't get a chance to see it but for maybe once in their lifetime."

The completed ice sculptures will be on display Tuesday night at the Missoula County Courthouse.