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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

Piles of snow...ice sculptures...and people sawing ice from the river -- it's the annual Ice Fest in Dubuque.

The event at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium is all about winter activities -- some for fun...some educational.

Demonstrators standing doing on the frozen river for an ice harvesting, sawing eight inch thick chunks of ice.

Other activities -- carvers making a dolphin out of snow...working fast before the temperature gets colder.

"We started the actual sculpture this morning...say 9:30/10 o'clock. And we'll work on it until 4/5 o'clock tonight and tomorrow, to finish it up," said Hugh McCarron.

They say it'll be hard as rock on Sunday.

In other areas, kids sledding down a hill with snow brought in to the museum, and families spending time together.

"You're stuck inside and can watch TV and play video games and all that...but this is a great way to get us outside doing things, as a family. It's a little bit cold, but it's a great educational experience for the kids," said Kelly Kass.

The ice festival isn't over just yet -- it continues through Monday.

For more information, visit: http://www.rivermuseum.com/

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