Frosted Gardens ice sculpture show finds cool new location

Saskatoon’s unseasonably warm weather was not enough to put a freeze on the Frosted Gardens ice sculpture show this weekend.

2017 event held at Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park and Zoo

The Frosted Gardens ice sculpture show found a new home at the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park and Zoo this weekend. (Trevor Bothorel/CBC News)

Saskatoon's unseasonably warm weather was not enough to put a freeze on the Frosted Gardens ice sculpture show this weekend.

Fearing unpredictable weather could put an end to the fragile display, organizers relocated this year's exhibit to an undercover site at the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park and Zoo.

The event was previously held in the downtown core.

Peter Fogarty, the president of the Professional Ice Carving Society of Saskatoon, said the zoo partnership was a win-win situation he hoped would continue in future years.

Animals of a different kind are on display at the Frosted Gardens ice-carving display at the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park and Zoo this weekend. (Trevor Bothorel/CBC News)

"The main reason is to give us some opportunities to battle some very, very unpredictable weather," said Fogarty.

"Even this week they are calling for some rain but that's not going to affect our event because we are under cover."

Animal sculptures, live carving demonstrations and interactive exhibits, like full-size chairs and an ice bowling display, are among the attractions at this year's show.

Fogarty said combining the zoo and ice sculpture exhibits would make the event an even bigger attraction for the public.

The society also plans to bring international carvers to Saskatoon for next year's event. 

The Frosted Gardens at the Zoo are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. CST this Saturday, Sunday and Monday.