Pumpkin Carver Brings his Talents from Ohio to Ice Alaska

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) Every winter when most people are packing bags for warmer climates David Smith heads from Ohio to Fairbanks for the World Ice Art Championships.

"When it's all said and done we will either have a good medal or a good set of stories at the end of six days," David says. "Let's be honest it's a little bit nuts to come out at minus 40 with a chainsaw, risking toes and pride. "

Smith began his carving adventure in 2012 starting with ice carving, then pumpkins and fruit.
It wasn't long before he caught the eye of cable television producers.

"We won the Championships of Halloween, Hayride of Horror a couple years back as well. That's pretty much our bread and butter is food network," David commented. "Making pumpkins on TV for 31 days."

Leaving from Columbus Ohio, Smith experienced his first Alaskan adventure in 2013 that would soon become an annual migration.

"A musician gets to write a song, we get to run around with a gigantic empty canvas that melts. It's not permanent, you just get your art on." He said.

So why does someone travel 4,000 miles north in the dead of winter?

To David Smith, it's the purity.

"It's the only place where you can get this big beautiful blue ice is up North, you can hear it calling." Smith laughs.

Smith grabs a sled and heads towards the ice park slides.

"So here's to Ice Alaska and all the kids inside! Come out and have a good time with us!" He yells as he speeds down the icy shoot.

Ice Alaska will have its doors open at The Tanana Valley Fairgrounds for the Multi-Block Classic, Amateur Exhibition, and Double and Single block classics until March 31st.