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Warm weather forces delay in Midway Ice Castles opening

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Posted at 8:31 PM, Dec 26, 2014
and last updated 2014-12-27 21:24:12-05

MIDWAY, Utah -- The icicles are growing and the building of the Ice Castles in Midway has finally begun.

“We check the forecast more than people check Instagram or Facebook during the day," owner Ryan Davis told FOX 13,

Thursday’s storm finally dropped temperatures enough to turn sprinklers on. Now, the castle makers are working feverishly as they race against Mother Nature and changing temperatures.

“The factor for us is how much time there is above freezing,” Davis said.

The attraction was scheduled to open the day after Christmas, but the unseasonably warm November and December derailed that plan. The delay is taking a toll for the Davis and his employees.

“When you miss Christmas, like the Christmas break, that’s a big deal for us. That’s a really big deal,” Davis said.

For the next several weeks, the ice castle artists will be putting in 12 to 13 hour days to get the ice wonderland open. “

I think what it boils down to is people are looking for something fun to do in the winter . There’s not a lot. There’s traditional ice skating and things like that but finding something fun and beautiful to do outside, there’s a need for that,” Davis told FOX 13.

If Mother Nature cooperates, Davis hopes to have the ice castles open by January 15th. For more information on the Midway ice castles, visit http://icecastles.com/midway/