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11th Cripple Creek Ice Festival

After a day of heavy snow, crowds came out to enjoy the sun at the Renaissance-themed Ice Festival in Cripple Creek on Sunday, February 11, 2018. The Festival runs through February 18th and carvers will be adding to their sculptures each weekend.

Sophie Windle, 5, runs out of the Enchanted Forest ice sculpture at the 11th annual Cripple Creek Ice Festival, on Sunday, February 11, 2018. The Forest was carved by veteran carver Laurie Petty and her team from Dazzling Ice.

(Nadav Soroker, The Gazette)
Sophie Windle, 5, runs out of the Enchanted Forest ice sculpture at the 11th annual Cripple Creek Ice Festival, on Sunday, February 11, 2018. The Forest was carved by veteran carver Laurie Petty and her team from Dazzling Ice. (Nadav Soroker, The Gazette)

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Thomas Barlow chisels details into the front facade of his ice castle at the 11th annual Cripple Creek Ice Festival, on Sunday, February 11, 2018. To fit the festival's renaissance theme Barlow carved a knight and a dragon into the front.

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Thomas Barlow chisels details into the front facade of his ice castle at the 11th annual Cripple Creek Ice Festival, on Sunday, February 11, 2018. To fit the festival's renaissance theme Barlow carved a knight and a dragon into the front. (Nadav Soroker, The Gazette)

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Brayden Calhoun, 7, slips head first down an ice slide at the 11th annual Cripple Creek Ice Festival on Sunday, February 11, 2018.

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Brayden Calhoun, 7, slips head first down an ice slide at the 11th annual Cripple Creek Ice Festival on Sunday, February 11, 2018. (Nadav Soroker, The Gazette)

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Thomas Barlow carves designs into the armor of an ice sculpture knight with his chainsaw at the 11th annual Cripple Creek Ice Festival, on Sunday, February 11, 2018. Barlow also carved a dragon, complete with flamethrowers, to adorn an ice slide for kids. 

(Nadav Soroker, The Gazette)
Thomas Barlow carves designs into the armor of an ice sculpture knight with his chainsaw at the 11th annual Cripple Creek Ice Festival, on Sunday, February 11, 2018. Barlow also carved a dragon, complete with flamethrowers, to adorn an ice slide for kids. (Nadav Soroker, The Gazette)

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Erik Freay draws the shape of two dogs onto ice blocks before he starts carving them at the 11th annual Cripple Creek Ice Festival, on Sunday, February 11, 2018. The dogs will be added to a castle made by the Sub Zero Handmade Ice Sculptures team.

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Erik Freay draws the shape of two dogs onto ice blocks before he starts carving them at the 11th annual Cripple Creek Ice Festival, on Sunday, February 11, 2018. The dogs will be added to a castle made by the Sub Zero Handmade Ice Sculptures team. (Nadav Soroker, The Gazette)

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Laurie Petty grinds edges off of her enchanted forest ice sculpture at the 11th annual Cripple Creek Ice Festival, on Sunday, February 11, 2018. Petty has been a carver at all eleven of the festivals.

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Laurie Petty grinds edges off of her enchanted forest ice sculpture at the 11th annual Cripple Creek Ice Festival, on Sunday, February 11, 2018. Petty has been a carver at all eleven of the festivals. (Nadav Soroker, The Gazette)

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USAFA cadet Grant Gardiner stoops to leave the Enchanted Forest at the 11th annual Cripple Creek Ice Festival, on Sunday, February 11, 2018.

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USAFA cadet Grant Gardiner stoops to leave the Enchanted Forest at the 11th annual Cripple Creek Ice Festival, on Sunday, February 11, 2018. (Nadav Soroker, The Gazette)

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A crowd explores the 11th annual Cripple Creek Ice Festival, on Sunday, February 11, 2018. Less people than usual showed up after heavy snow the day before, though there is still a week left of the festival.

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A crowd explores the 11th annual Cripple Creek Ice Festival, on Sunday, February 11, 2018. Less people than usual showed up after heavy snow the day before, though there is still a week left of the festival. (Nadav Soroker, The Gazette)

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Bronko Andree walks past the ice castle built by the Sub Zero Handmade Ice Sculptures team that he works with at the 11th annual Cripple Creek Ice Festival, on Sunday, February 11, 2018.

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Bronko Andree walks past the ice castle built by the Sub Zero Handmade Ice Sculptures team that he works with at the 11th annual Cripple Creek Ice Festival, on Sunday, February 11, 2018. (Nadav Soroker, The Gazette)

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Tatum Libby, 17, tries to duel Master Dave, a performer at the Renaissance-themed 11th annual Cripple Creek Ice Festival, on Sunday, February 11, 2018.

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Tatum Libby, 17, tries to duel Master Dave, a performer at the Renaissance-themed 11th annual Cripple Creek Ice Festival, on Sunday, February 11, 2018. (Nadav Soroker, The Gazette)

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Kevin Petty uses a propane blower to torch the Enchanted Forest ice sculpture at the 11th annual Cripple Creek Ice Festival, on Sunday, February 11, 2018. Torching the sculpture melts the loose snow and ice that covers the sculpture and leaving it glossy, as well as cleaning off the oil from the tools.

(Nadav Soroker, The Gazette)
Kevin Petty uses a propane blower to torch the Enchanted Forest ice sculpture at the 11th annual Cripple Creek Ice Festival, on Sunday, February 11, 2018. Torching the sculpture melts the loose snow and ice that covers the sculpture and leaving it glossy, as well as cleaning off the oil from the tools. (Nadav Soroker, The Gazette)

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A knight-shaped ice luge is lit from behind at the bar in the music tent at the 11th annual Cripple Creek Ice Festival, on Sunday, February 11, 2018.

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A knight-shaped ice luge is lit from behind at the bar in the music tent at the 11th annual Cripple Creek Ice Festival, on Sunday, February 11, 2018. (Nadav Soroker, The Gazette)

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Kevin Petty uses a propane blower to torch the Enchanted Forest ice sculpture at the 11th annual Cripple Creek Ice Festival, on Sunday, February 11, 2018. Torching the sculpture melts the loose snow and ice that covers the sculpture and leaving it glossy, as well as cleaning off the oil from the tools.

(Nadav Soroker, The Gazette)
Kevin Petty uses a propane blower to torch the Enchanted Forest ice sculpture at the 11th annual Cripple Creek Ice Festival, on Sunday, February 11, 2018. Torching the sculpture melts the loose snow and ice that covers the sculpture and leaving it glossy, as well as cleaning off the oil from the tools. (Nadav Soroker, The Gazette)

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Laurie Petty poses for a photo with her Enchanted Forest ice sculpture at the 11th annual Cripple Creek Ice Festival, on Sunday, February 11, 2018. Petty has been a carver at all eleven of the festivals.

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Laurie Petty poses for a photo with her Enchanted Forest ice sculpture at the 11th annual Cripple Creek Ice Festival, on Sunday, February 11, 2018. Petty has been a carver at all eleven of the festivals. (Nadav Soroker, The Gazette)

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Matthias Krainz pulls out a KŠse Krainer sausage at the Andy's Kitchen booth at the 11th annual Cripple Creek Ice Festival, on Sunday, February 11, 2018.

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Matthias Krainz pulls out a KŠse Krainer sausage at the Andy's Kitchen booth at the 11th annual Cripple Creek Ice Festival, on Sunday, February 11, 2018. (Nadav Soroker, The Gazette)

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Kevin Petty brushes off the Enchanted Forest ice sculpture before torching it at the 11th annual Cripple Creek Ice Festival, on Sunday, February 11, 2018.

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Kevin Petty brushes off the Enchanted Forest ice sculpture before torching it at the 11th annual Cripple Creek Ice Festival, on Sunday, February 11, 2018. (Nadav Soroker, The Gazette)

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