An ice palace in the Adirondacks

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SARANAC LAKE, N.Y. (via WROC) — In the Adirondacks, there’s a good amount of snow and a lot of ice – enough to make an entire ice palace!

This ice castle was made from 3,300 blocks for the 123rd annual Saranac Lake Winter Carnival, which runs through February 9. It’s the oldest winter festival in the northeast.

Each ice block weighs 500 lbs and 100 volunteers built this castle over ten days.

Good timing too, just in the last 10 days did it get cold enough for the water to freeze through so they could build it.

People from all over the world travel to this festival.

Fun fact: The builders use slush as the mortar to keep the blocks together.

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