Ice Sculpture Exhibit Opening This Weekend

13 ice sculptures will be on display at the Kohler Creamery in Midway this Friday and Saturday.

Tamra Annett of Heber Valley Artisan Cheese says they along with other local businesses wanted to work on a shared project at a time where many people are in town.

“We really just wanted to have something that they could stop by and see that’s low key and fun and doesn’t require an additional charge,” Annett explained. “So, we pulled together as a team and decided that an ice sculpture exhibit would be the best option.”

The 13 commissioned sculptures are being produced by Amazing Ice Creations, which created similar pieces for the 2002 Winter Olympics. Each sculpture will represent the Heber Valley businesses who sponsored the event.

“For example, we’re honoring the agriculture history and heritage of our Valley, so we opted to go with a tractor and a hay wagon,” Annett continued. “Judy’s Donuts in Midway has recently opened so they’re going to showcase a beautiful frosted donut as part of their ice sculpture. Dairy Keen, which is a longstanding business in the Heber Valley, is going to do the iconic train.”

Annett says that the exhibit could be extended if the ice sculptures hold up past the 4th.

“We’ll just kind of extend it on a weather basis, kind of like the ice castles are at the Homestead,” Annett said. “We’ll evaluate, hey, are these good? Are they great? And if so, we will extend those days.”

The exhibit will be open from 10:00 am to dusk, Annett encourages all members of the public to come and check it out.

“We want people to come and enjoy the great outdoors,” Annett explained. “Especially just from the farm perspective. Great view of Mt. Timpanogos, you catch a good Midway day and you’ve got beautiful blue skies. Just a chance to get out and enjoy and have something to see.”

As part of the event visitors will be able to vote on their favorite sculpture. Heber Valley Cheese will announce the winner after the event closes.

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Heber Valley Artisan Cheese held their 2nd annual Ice Sculptures Exhibition this weekend. Several local businesses sponsored the sculptures being displayed. There were also two different ice carving demonstrations. The event was free to the public.

The annual event began last year when Carolee Kohler saw ice sculpting on a Hallmark movie and thought it would be a fun idea for their farm. They are also considering a woodcarving event.

According to Lindsey Strother, social media and events coordinator, each sculpture takes between 1-3 hours to carve. “We contacted Amazing Ice Creations back in November, and we reached out to local companies to sponsor the ice sculptures,” she said. “Yesterday morning around 9 am, they came in a massive truck and dropped them all off for us, and we set them up.”

Along with the ice sculptures, sponsors receive a sign and canopy for the display and social media marketing. The sponsors decide what they want to have sculpted. After the event, they can take the ice sculptures and display them at their businesses. The creations normally last a couple of weeks. Some will be left in the field and can be viewed throughout the week.

The ice this year included Olaf, company logos, animals, and other items. Darron Kingston, the sculptor, has carved ice for over 10 years with his dad. According to Kingston, “I like sculptures that give me a challenge. Here, for example, my favorite was the lumberjack.” One of his favorite past creations was a 9-foot bear.

Grant Kohler, owner of Heber Valley Artisan Cheese, explained, “We decided to do something that was free and something that people could just get out and come and enjoy. Especially this year with Covid, it seems like Januarys are slow months. People are looking for things to be able to get outside and do.” He continued, “Businesses pay in and buy the sculptures, we have them sculpted, and then we just let people come and enjoy them.” Kohler estimated around 3,000 to 4,000 people will stop by the event.

The dairy farm also offers cheese-making classes and tours of their new robotic barn. “The tours are everyday except Sunday,” according to Kohler. “People hayride over, intermingle with the cows, see the barn and amenities, and watch the cows be milked. The cows will literally go get milked on their own.” Tickets for the tours and other events are available on the Heber Valley Artisan Cheese website: