Feb 23, 2014 7:36 PM by Matt Prichard

Ice festival heats up business

The familiar sound of ice-picks at work in Cripple Creek this weekend as the annual Ice Festival took to the streets.

"You don't have that competitive mentality that much. Everyone wants to put together a nice piece, but it's a lot more comradery, a lot more friendliness between carvers. And just trying to put out some good art for these folks to enjoy," said Joaquin Botello of Cool Hand Ice Carving.

But 2014 would center around businesses in the mountain town who have been hit hard in recent years.

"We've been hit twice in the last two years, with fire and flooding. And so all the small businesses really look forward to this festival, especially this year," said Ana Sebok with the Rocky Mountain Canary. 

The floods washed out US-24 crippling business in the town. And although the festival has provided some relief, owners are still waiting on a solution.

"It does help, but it's not enough. We need to be able to get those issues resolved along 24 so that we can still have consistent traffic flowing into town," said Sebok.

Financial woes aside the weekend was won by fun and carvers say 2014 has been one of the best years for the event.

"This is the biggest weekend of the year for Cripple Creek. We look forward to it every year, we'll be back next year putting up a good showing and hopefully it'll be even bigger," said Botello. 

Sunday wrapped up the ice festival and event organizers say they can't wait for even bigger year in 2015.



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