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IceFest returns to Hamilton

Posted at 5:33 PM, Jan 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-18 18:07:52-05

HAMILTON, Ohio — Greg Butauski enjoys seeing reactions to his art.

"It blows their mind," he said. "It's something they're not used to seeing."

Butauski, a master carver, is one of the artists working in Hamilton this weekend for the annual IceFest. This year's theme is games, and the cold temperatures haven't stopped people from crowding in so far.

"It's nice to see how our work affects the joy of the people hanging out that day," Butauski said.

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Jacob Stone, chairman of the IceFest planning committee, said Hamilton's event is unique.

"It's one of the longest-running signature events in downtown," he said. "It draws people from all over the U.S."

While IceFest is having its take on classic games like Monopoly, across town another classic game is getting its own twist: pinball.

Pinball Garage still has at least a few months until it's open for good, according to owner Brad Baker. But the city has allowed them to open up the front part of the arcade for IceFest weekend.

He's hopeful it has a multi-ball impact on the community.

"This will give a lot of life to Hamilton," he said.