FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The board of Ice Alaska has canceled the 2018 World Ice Art Championships, citing the loss of sponsors and the challenges of rebuilding after a 2016 fire that destroyed the main building of the Ice Alaska Ice Park.
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports a news release by the nonprofit organization says it plans to prepare for the ice sculpting competition in 2019.
The organization also states it may not hold the 2019 event at the George Horner Ice Park.
Ice Alaska board member Rhonda Konicki says she had heard from George Horner Ice Park property owner Dick Brickley that his business D&H Enterprises plans to build the ice park in mid-February, even without the accompanying ice competition.
The 2018 competition was planned for Feb. 26 to March 17.