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Ice harvesting begins for Spicer Castle

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Erica Dischino/Tribune Volunteers move ice blocks through the water to the ice harvesting machine Friday on Green Lake in Spicer. 2 / 6
Erica Dischino/Tribune Bruce Nelson, one of the owners of Wee Kut Ice Co., makes measurements to mark the ice Friday on Green Lake. Members of Wee Kut need to harvest more than 600 ice blocks to build the castle. The blocks are just under 16 inches thick.3 / 6
Erica Dischino/Tribune A volunteer uses a pick to move ice blocks through the water to the ice harvesting machine Friday on Green Lake. The machine was used for commercial use from the 1930s through the 1970s, but is now used for making ice blocks for ice castles.4 / 6
Erica Dischino/Tribune Gideon Doty, one of the owners of Wee Kut Ice Co., uses an ice cutter Friday on Green Lake. Blocks of ice from the lake were cut for the ice castle for Spicer Winterfest. Festivities for the annual celebration get underway in earnest next weekend.5 / 6
Erica Dischino/Tribune Dan Caskey, left, and Gideon Doty watch as an ice block moves through the harvesting machine Friday on Green Lake.6 / 6

SPICER — Blocks of ice from Green Lake were cut Friday for the ice castle for Spicer Winterfest.

Members of Wee Kut Ice Co. and volunteers need to harvest more than 600 ice blocks to build the castle. The blocks are just under 16 inches thick.

The crew projects the castle will be built by Sunday on Saulsbury Beach.

Winterfest 2019 festivities get underway in earnest next weekend.

Erica Dischino

Erica Dischino is the photographer for the West Central Tribune. Hailing from northern New Jersey, she graduated from Ithaca College in central New York with a bachelors in Journalism and Photography. Follow her on Instagram.

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