Because of a lack of snow, the Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition has been postponed to Jan. 24-27.
The event requires some 40 semi-loads of snow, which is trucked in from the Chicago/Rockford International Airport. The Airport has no reserves of snow, since temperatures reached the 50-degree mark last week, when the sculptors blocks were to have been packed in Sinnissippi Park.
Organizers remain hopeful that a 3-inches snowfall will occur in time for packing blocks for a Jan. 24-27 event. If snow is still insufficient, however, the 2007 Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition will be canceled Jan. 19. Cancellation occurred just once (2003) in the events 21-year history.
Major sponsors of the Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition are Arbys, h.c. Johnson Press, Rockford Park District, Stockholm Inn, SwedishAmerican Health System, and WIFR-TV Channel 23.
The Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition attracts an average of 50,000 visitors to Rockfords Sinnissippi Park each winter. It is a featured event of Winter Rocks, a visitor campaign in association with the Rockford area Convention & Visitors Bureau, and hotel accommodations and special stay and play packages are available by calling (800) 521-0849, or www.gorockford.com.
For updated event information, call Rockford Park District at 987-8800, or see their Web site: www.snowsculpting.org.
From the Jan. 17-23, 2007, issue