Photos: Winterval brings crowd in from the cold to Fort Wayne Parks center

Sean Burnett, 3, gets help from his mother, Larisa, while doing some "ice fishing" for plastic critters at Winterval on Saturday afternoon at Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Community Center, 233 W. Main St. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
One of Belva Sutton's Alaskan Malamutes searches for attention, or perhaps a treat, from an attendee of Winterval on Saturday afternoon at Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Community Center, 233 W. Main St. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
Nams, an Alaskan Malamute, gets some attention from a child at Winterval on Saturday afternoon at Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Community Center, 233 W. Main St. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
Ice carver Stan Horne works on his sculpture that will be a fidget spinner on a base at Winterval on Saturday afternoon at Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Community Center, 233 W. Main St. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
Ice carver Stan Horne smooths the ice with a hot metal plate for his sculpture of a fidget spinner at Winterval on Saturday afternoon at Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Community Center, 233 W. Main St. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
Ice carver Stan Horne works on his sculpture that will be a fidget spinner on a base at Winterval on Saturday afternoon at Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Community Center, 233 W. Main St. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
Park employee Jordan Bruce wears a penguin hat at Winterval on Saturday afternoon at Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Community Center, 233 W. Main St. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
A boy tries his hand at the snowball toss game at Winterval on Saturday afternoon at Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Community Center, 233 W. Main St. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
Two boys check out an ice sculpture at Winterval on Saturday afternoon at Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Community Center, 233 W. Main St. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
Horsedrawn carriage rides were part of Winterval on Saturday afternoon at Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Community Center, 233 W. Main St. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
Supergirl and The Flash give a gift to Sean Burnett, 3, on Saturday afternoon at Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Community Center, 233 W. Main St. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
Kim Krish and her son, Oliver, 6, try the Toboggan Tunnel Roller Sledding Ride at Winterval on Saturday at the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Community Center. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)

The 7th annual Winterval provided all sorts of winter fun Saturday.

Outside the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department Community Center ice carver Stan Horne took a chainsaw, chisel and other tools to a huge block of ice. He created a four-piece decorated base before going to work on the top, made from two slabs of ice. Smoothing the surface with metal plates that had been heated on an electric double burner, he then scraped out circles on the top. As the afternoon continued, he carved out a fidget spinner ice sculpture.

Horne has been ice carving for 30 years and has taken part in the World Ice Art Championship in Alaska three times, he said. His four-person team in the contest put in 16-hour days to create a sculpture from 10 2,000-pound blocks in five days. His team in 2011 made “Dream Big Dragon Slayer,” with a sword-wielding armored man facing off against a fire-breathing dragon.

In the community center parking lot Belva Sutton bought her team of Alaskan Malamutes from near Churubusco to demonstrate their pulling abilities. Three are AKC champions and two are Parkview Health hospice therapy dogs, she said. The dogs weigh about 86 pounds but look much bigger with their thick fur coats. Hitched up two at a time they pulled scooters. Whether it’s a trip to the vet or doing demonstrations, the dogs get treated to ice cream, which makes them excited to do either.

Winterval had plenty of other fun activities, including a roller system “toboggan run,” and inside a Youththreatre performance on Shel Silverstein and “The Giving Tree,” winter-themed games, and movies, including the animated movies “The Snowman” and “The Snowy Day.”

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