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January 3, 2003
And the Designs in Ice winners are?
Toronto Special Events - Ontario's top carvers chiseled and sawed huge
blocks of crystal clear ice into magnificent works of art, with 20,000
spectators watching the transformation. The sculptures, which were inspired by
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, were created Friday & Saturday, December
27 & 28 at Designs in Ice. A panel of judges reviewed the works to determine
which carvers received the cash awards sponsored by Scotiabank for 1st, 2nd and
3rd prizes. Those prizes, as well as the public's favourite for the People's
Choice Award, were announced in a ceremony today.

And the winner's are:

First Prize ($1000 plus trophy):

Baisas II (Armando & Ross Baisas), Ottawa, ON

Second Prize ($750 plus trophy):

Nazgûl (Prasert Krachodnog & Mark Suksan), Mississauga, ON

Third Prize ($500 plus trophy):

RHCS / Richmond Hill Culinary School (Mark & June Paygane), Richmond Hill, ON

People's Choice Award ($750):

Baisas II (Armando & Ross Baisas), Ottawa, ON

Designs in Ice presented by
Scotiabank is a three-day ice-carving exhibition and competition, running
December 27 - 29, 2002 at Nathan Phillips Square. The 2002 edition of this
20-year holiday tradition is inspired by, in a partnership with Alliance
Atlantis Motion Picture Distribution, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers,
coinciding with the December 18 release of the major motion picture.

The event raps up tomorrow with a skating party on the Nathan Phillips Square
rink from 2 - 4 p.m. with live entertainment by The Burbans. The sculptures
will be on display throughout the New Year, weather permitting.

Congratulations to our winners and all of the carvers who worked so diligently
to create such beautiful icy masterpieces. Thank you to our partners,
Scotiabank, Alliance Atlantis Motion Picture Distribution, Government of
Canada, and the Colony Hotel Toronto. Designs in Ice also receives generous
support from its media partners: The Toronto Star, 1010 CFRB, 97.3 EZ Rock,
FLOW 93.5 and Mix 99.9

For more information on the Cavalcade of Lights series of events, call Access
Toronto at 416-338-0338 or visit

Media Contact
Amber Authier
Toronto Special Events

Heather Kaufman
Toronto Special Events



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