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By Stephanie Thompson
People Editor 

Crystal Classic well attended


David Martin

David Chen carves away at an ice sculpture of Olaf from the animated film "Frozen" during the Crystal Classic festival Friday night.

The weather may not have been the best for the ice carving, but it sure helped the Crystal Classic's attendance.

"I thought it was amazing. It was the biggest turnout we've ever had. Every year just seems to get better," Green River recreation supervisor Katie Duncombe.

Duncombe said all of Saturday's events were really well attended. From the ice carving itself, to the ice-cube hunt, S'mores stations, horse-drawn carriage rides, snow boot softball, 5k run and horseshoes.

The only event Duncombe would like to see improve in attendance is the soup cook off. This year, they had six entries which was just enough to have a friendly competition. However, Duncombe would like to see that program grow. The event is always well received by the public and something they seem to enjoy.

"I wish we could get more people in it," she said.

Duncombe thought that by adding a people's choice award to the program might give more an incentive to give it a try.

"I always just worry. It's about the person and not the soup," she said about the people's choice award.

As for changing any of the other events, it is too soon to tell. Duncombe said they always pass out surveys and will review all of those surveys to determine where changes, if any, need to be made.

Ice sculpting competition

People's Choice Results


First place: Luan Bui – Turtle, $335

Second place: David Chen – Olaf, $285



First place: Greg Butauski- T-Rex, $1,360

Second place: Marco Villarreal – Drum Life, $960

Third place tie: Dean Murray – Self Esteem, $535 and Brain McKinney – Olaf and Throne, $535

Fourth place: Kent Merrill – Dragon's Sword, $310

Fifth Place: David Smith -  Unchained Heart, $270

 NICA Sanctioned Event Placing


First place: David Chen – Snowboarding Dinosaur, $510

Second place: Luan Bui – Under the Sea, $365



First place: Greg Butauski – Which way should I go?, $1,870

Second place: Dean Murray – Leaping Lizard, $1,460

Third place: Marco Villarreal – Viva Las Vegas, $960

Fourth place: Earl Anthony Morse – Balanced Breakfast, $610

Fifth place: David Smith – Spartan, $435

Sixth place Kent Merrill – Earth's Protector, $380

Seventh place: Brain McKinney – Bucking Horse, $260


Mayor's Choice

Dean Murray – Leaping Lizard


Soup Cook Off Results

First place: Becky Byerly with Taco Time, Taco Soup, $200

Second place: Jodi Pine with Taco Time, Green Chili, $150

Third place: Joanna Orton, Chicken Tortilla Chowder, $100


Jack-a-lope Snow Boot Softball Tournament

First place: Embassy Tavern, score 16

Second place: Club 86, score 14


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