Ready for a really cool time? There literally will be lots of ice shavings traveling through the air during the second annual Ice Fights at the Downtown Pleasanton Merchants Association Second Saturday Art Walk on December 13.
Two artists will battle it out to see who will reign supreme. Last year’s winner, Burr the Viking Rasmussen will be challenged by Andrew The Giant Thistlewaite.
Both men will take their chain saws and carve huge blocks of ice into beautiful forms in a timed contest. The audience helps to decide the winner after the sculptors finish.
The competition is just one facet of the popular event. This year’s featured artisan is Chris Comeaux. His woodworking creations are popular items at the Art Walks. Comeaux began his wood- working out of necessity. His wife of 44 years, Connie, saw a potato bin when they were first married. He told her that he could make one better and less expensive. The one she saw had a $35 price tag and was made out of particle board. He built that piece -which she still has – and lots more.
His rocking horses are sturdy and Comeaux said a couple bought one and shipped it all the way to Ireland.
He specializes in all things made from wood – new wood, weathered wood – it doesn’t matter.
This month he will feature glider swings, yard furniture – he has a new yard bench with a table – children’s swings, rockers, picnic tables and Nativity scenes.
He has been selling commercially from his home near Pleasanton since 1997. He and his wife have lived here since 1988. He may be contacted at 830-570-0943.
There will also be a cookie contest with cash prizes for the winners. Entries need to be brought to the Hospitality tent at 3 p.m. There will be arts and crafts vendors and food booths, too.
It all begins at 3 p.m. this Saturday, December 13 on Main Street – between Hunt and Johnson Streets.
The free event will also feature DJ music by J&J Entertainment and a visit by Blue Santa.
The schedule is as follows: 3 p.m. – Art walk begins 3 p.m. – Contestants turn in cookies for contest at hospitality tent 4 p.m. – Cookie contest celebrity judging 5p.m. – Icefighters performance 7 p.m. – Art walk ends
For more information about the Second Saturday Downtown Pleasanton Art Walk or the Downtown Pleasanton Merchants’ Association: www.discoverpleasan- tontx.com, or call Cindy Carr at 830-480-2006.