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Plans underway to carve ice sculpture at annual farm implement parade in downtown Sunnyside

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Organizers of this year's annual Lighted Farm Implement Parade are hoping to bring an ice sculpture to the event. The photo shows a previous ice sculpture created by artist Jansen Iwakami.

For the 20th annual Sunnyside Lighted Farm Implement Parade this December, organizers are hoping to bring in a large ice sculpture to mark the occasion.

"We wanted to add something different for the 20th anniversary," Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce Director Pam Turner said.

But in order to bring her vision to Sunnyside, Turner said organizers need $3,500 and donors are being sought.

Turner said she currently has half of that, with the largest donor so far being Martin & Rodriguez Dental Office and Community Dental.

Gary Martin said he learned of the project through the chamber newsletter.

"It seemed like a good fit for the parade and the time of year," he said.

He said he has been to events before where ice sculptures were featured and the result was stunning. It was this reason that he and his partner donated $1,000 to the cause.

"It's very worthwhile," Martin said. "They need it and time is getting short."

Turner said she has two designs in mind but is leaning towards a sculpture of a tractor. She said she wants to put lights on the sculpture and it will be big enough where people can actually sit on it and pose for pictures.

The sculpture will be put in Centennial Square on Dec. 6, the day of the parade. It will remain there as long as the weather stays cool enough.

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