Wednesday was a highly active day for the week-long Revelstoke Spirit Festival with an ice sculpture carving, a Guitar hero Challenge and the Family Dance event offering family fun for all until well into the evening.
The ice sculpting event gave people an opportunity to watch master sculptor John McKinnon at work in Grizzly Plaza as a he carved a leaping Arctic char from blocks of ice in front of the Roxy.
“I love coming back here,” said McKinnon who created the Gateway Grizzlies at Victoria Road and the Trans-Canada Highway.
He’s no stranger to ice sculpture, having created many across North America over the years. If you missed him at work on Wednesday evening and Thursday morning you can still see the completed sculpture in front of the Roxy. It will be on display until at least Monday morning. That’s when City crews commence snow clearing operations in Grizzly Plaza. It may or may not survive that. Meanwhile, there’s a set of photos from Wednesday evening and Thursday morning below.
Then there was the Sears Guitar Hero School Challenge at the United Church that brought out scores of teens to compete or watch their friends have at it, followed by a concert from teen band FUSE. Organizer Steve Smith deeply appreciated the support he received from local businesses, particularly the local Sears outlet for providing four large flat panel TVs for the competition and the Movie Company, Revelstoke Mobility, the Arts Council and A&W for providing the prizes.
And, finally, there was the Revelstoke Dance Centre’s Family Dance event at the Community Centre that saw a demonstration of Jennifer Crockford’s students’ dance abilities as well as a chance for families to dance together.
The Spirit Festival continues on Thursday with the Top Bloke contest, featuring Ladies Night at the Big Eddy Pub and Tenorissimo. Click here to see the official program for the week. In the meantime, please enjoy these photos of Wednesday’s events: