ITHACA, N.Y. — In a fast-paced spectacle Friday evening, talented ice carvers showed off their skills and speed in the opening competition of Downtown Ithaca’s Ice Fest.

From 5 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Bernie Milton Pavilion on the Ithaca Commons, carvers faced off in groups. Each round, carvers had 20 minutes and one block of ice. The crowd gathered to watch as the sculptors turned the blocks into fish and other icy creatures.

The speed competition was a warm-up for the two-block showpiece challenge all-day Saturday. For more information about Downtown Ithaca’s Ice Fest, visit the website here.

See the speed carving in action below. Video by Jacob Mroczek/The Ithaca Voice.