Yesterday Bob and I attended the President’s Day Winter Ice Castle Extravaganza Festival in Mayville, New York. Mayville’s ice castle has the distinction of being the southernmost ice structure in the United States. The first Ice Castle Extravaganza to be held in Mayville was in February 1987.
This is the fourth time I have seen an ice castle at Mayville. The first year was in February 2003. Bob and I took Leo, our exchange student from Brazil, to see the ice castle. Leo was our only exchange student who had never seen snow. I remember Leo asking when would the snow begin. I also remember Leo asking when would the snow end!
The next time I saw Mayville’s ice castle was in February 2004. Camilla, our exchange student from Denmark, and I saw the ice castle AFTER the festival had concluded. We couldn’t go during the festival weekend because we were attending my father’s funeral that year.
Last year we saw the ice castle, driving through Mayville. Bob stopped the car long enough for me to snap a picture.