Greg Butauski is a Certified Master Carver by the National Ice Carving Association and has been carving ice for 25 years. He is the owner and mastermind behind Rock On Ice in Sunbury, Ohio. Greg travels all over the country and even internationally, carving temporary works of art out of ice, fruits, vegetables, sand, cheese and yes, pumpkins. His clients include major corporations, restaurants, sports arenas, zoos and cities of all sizes.
Chad Hartson is former World Champion ice sculptor who owns and operates Ice Creations in Napoleon, Ohio, the largest ice facility in the entire state. Chad has won a multitude of local and regional ice sculpting competitions. Not only is he champion at ice sculpting, he is also a highly skilled pumpkin carver, food carver and sand sculptor who carves at a variety of special events throughout the Midwest each year.
Lauren Klapec is currently the Garde Manager Chef at Orchard Lake Country Club in West Bloomfield, where she has worked for the past five years. She has been carving professionally for over six years. She began her journey as a carver in the ice world as a member of the award-winning Oakland Community College team, and now also carves pumpkins and fruit! Lauren is excited to be joining us for her first ever Fall Fest!
Stephan Koch has been an ice sculptor for over fifteen years. Just five years ago, he began experimenting with other media, including sand, wood, styrofoam and of course…pumpkins. Stephan lives with his lovely wife Karen at their five-acre homestead in Indiana with their dogs, cat, chickens, rabbits and many other non-domesticated members of the animal kingdom.
Jay Leahy is a fierce competitive chainsaw carver and sculptor in various mediums such as ice, wood, sand, pumpkins vegetables and snow! After several years of carving, he inevitably started his own company, Leahy Legacy Custom Carvings. Street art is a passion for Jay, he loves to entertain and perform for a crowd at fairs, festivals, different events and mesmerize them with his remarkable skills.
Jon Michaels is an accomplished artist from Cincinnati, Ohio who works as a professional ice sculptor for Artic Diamond Ice Sculptures, one of the nation’s top ice sculpting companies. In the fall months he loves carving pumpkins for a change of pace, though he can also be found carving soap, sand and wood sculptures in his free time. He’s excited to return to Fall Fest for another year.
Jeff Petercsak is an award-winning ice sculptor from Westerville, Ohio and former executive director of the National Ice Carving Association. He was fortune to train under NICA certified ice carver Greg Butauski. He partnered with Greg to accomplish a second place finish at the World Ice Art Championships in Fairbanks, AK earning a spot on the 2010 Winter Olympics USA Ice Sculpting team.
Ryan Roth is an award-winning artist in various mediums who works with everything from ice and pumpkins to sand, clay, wood, and stone. He can usually be found running around the Rustbelt states showing off his skills at public demonstrations and through custom work. Whether it’s sculpting or fronting the Americana band, Ryan A. Roth and the sideshow, Ryan brings an energy and style that’s all his own.