The sign next to this sculpture of the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw
pleaded for volunteers to help work on the sculpture.
Despite working late into the night, this sculptor did not add all
the details he hoped to include. The actual retired
Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw is docked only a few hundred feet away.
Andrew Brown ice sculpture team starting work on their abstract sphere
2nd place U.S. "Coast Guard cutter Mackinaw" by Larry Strouse of Carp
1st place winning ice sculpture by Andrew Brown team of Central Lake,
3rd place "ship in a bottle" - Tom Lalonde of Cheboygan, Michigan
Mackinaw City used to have an annual fundraiser where the person that
predicted when the ice tower in front of the village hall would
melt won at least $1,000. The official time was when an electronic
device frozen into the ice drops to the ground.
In 2008 it fell on April 24. (Now one is grown on the shore across
from the Church of the Straits.)