PAWTUCKET – The ice has landed at Wickford Appliance’s Pawtucket store and for the third year, the family-owned business is challenging the public to predict the day, hour and minute (without going over) that the appliance-sized ice sculpture will melt. The winner will receive a Weber Summit Gas Grill valued at $2,199. Second-place and third-place winners will each receive a $1,000 shopping spree.
“We started this contest in 2018 to bring some fun to our storefront,” says Tim Chaput, owner of Wickford Appliance. “The contest has really caught on and last year we had 30,000 views of the live event. Who could have known how fun it would be to watch ice melt?’
The 7.5-foot-long by 50-inch-tall sculpture is comprised of 21 blocks of ice, carved and then fused into place. In total, the installation by Brilliant Ice Sculpture of Lawrence, Mass. weighs 6,700 pounds, according to Don Chapelle, owner of the company.
Ice was delivered and the blocks were put into place Tuesday at 10 a.m. Guests were encouraged to stop by the 207 Newport Ave. store in Pawtucket to see the ice display and place guesses online by 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 7. As of Thursday afternoon, the ice is still hanging on, say staff.
“We’ll be here around the clock watching the ice melt, and we’ll do some live chats along the way,” said Chaput. “With hot temperatures tomorrow and rain predicted for the end of the week, there’s lots of variables at play. It’s loads of fun and was a very tight race the past two years. This year will probably be no different."