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Dubuque hosting 10th annual Ice Fest

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

Frigid temperatures Sunday were welcome for organizers of Dubuque's 10th annual "Ice Fest".          

As part of the festivities, two teams of snow carvers continued work on their elaborate artwork.  "Ice Fest" is put on by the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium as a way to get people enjoying outdoor activities during the coldest time of year.  The festival also includes a lot of learning opportunities.

"We actually cut blocks of ice out of the river and tell how ice used to be harvest out of the river.  We tell about how important it was for ice boxes, for even some of the southern states where it was shipped to keep butter and milk and meat and things like that cold.  So we demonstrate that.  So there's just a lot of different things going on," said Mark Wagner, National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, Education Director.

"Ice Fest" continues next weekend, in conjunction with bald eagle days on the Mississippi at the Port of Dubuque.

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