Turkey Bowling, Ice Sculptures Part of Fire and Ice Festival

By Lauren DeWitt, Reporter


By Liz Blood

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - In the hours of precious daylight, plenty of kids and parents saw the ice flying at Greene Square Park in downtown Cedar Rapids.

Instead of a culinary creation, students from Kirkwood's culinary school created three ice sculptures with three different blocks of ice each weighing about 300 pounds.

The sculptures, a reindeer, a dancing elf and a Christmas Tree, will all be added to the surrounding environment.

"I don't really like carving in the rain, that's a little bit dangerous. This is good it's an overcast so you don't have to worry about sun. Sun melts ice and it just makes it into an impossible carving," said Dave Dettman, an instructor at Kirkwood Community College.

This is the second year that the ice carving has been a part of the Fire and Ice Festival.

But, ice wasn't the only thing flying in Green Square Park this afternoon, turkeys were too. Today, bowlers took a hand in trying to get a turkey…with a turkey. This is the first year, Turkey Bowling was featured in the festival.

Bowlers were able to choose from a wide variety of frozen turkey sizes ranging from a small turkey breast at 6 pounds to a full grown bird at 15 pounds. The bird was then thrown down a small lane to knock over pins.

"We have about eight different turkeys to choose from, so whatever fits, just like a bowling ball, find the turkey that fits you best and give it a try," said Jill Willkins of the Cedar Rapids Economic Alliance.

All Turkey's thrown during Turkey Bowling were donated by HyVee.

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