An ice sculptor from Hilliard will entertain families at 7 p.m. tonight (July 29) with a show that's sure to beat the heat.

An ice sculptor from Hilliard will entertain families at 7 p.m. tonight (July 29) with a show that's sure to beat the heat.

Paul Ahrens, who calls his show "Precise Ice," will be the final act for the annual five-weeks of free summer entertainment at the Homestead Park amphitheatre, 4675 Cosgray Road.

"He makes it look like nothing," said Janell Thomas, Washington Township Parks and Recreation Director. "If we would try it, it would be a disaster."

"We perform for a little over an hour," Ahrens said. "We carve requests for the kids."

Little girls tend to request butterflies and horses, and little boys favor dragons and cartoon characters.

"There's always at least one kid who wants to know if I can carve them," Ahrens said. "Of course, you end up with some weird-looking things, like a half-mermaid, half-Brutus Buckeye."

At some point during the show, Ahrens will carve an M (for that team up north), which will be smashed or thrown into a pond.

Ahrens said he learned to carve ice quickly and precisely at a Chicago hotel (cornucopias for a buffet), and continued to hone his craft during the holidays at the Columbus Zoo (animals, angels and Santas). He said gets his ice blocks from Cleveland, which he carves with a heavily modified Makita electric chainsaw.

"We have a homemade tool we fondly call the Frankensaw," Ahrens said. "It will shoot a ribbon of snow about 12 feet. Depending on the wind, we can hit kids and parents quite a distance away from where we're actually sculpting at. The kids will come down and be trying to get hit in the face with the snow, unless I get some wimpy kids."

Thomas said the summer entertainment series is sponsored by Giant Eagle and the former Hilliard Convention and Visitors Bureau. Kori Hurley, program manager for the Parks and Recreation Department, said the series draws people with preschool and elementary school-age kids from Hilliard and Dublin, who bring their dinner, folding chairs and blankets.

"It's just a great family night out," Hurley said, "and if we're having bad weather, we move it into the shelter."