Park District announces snow sculpting winners
From press release
The team of Polly Freund, K. Dyer and Krista Gustafson won the 24th Annual Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition with their sculpture of “Happy Together.” Freund and Dyer live in Rockford, and Gustafson resides in Belvidere.
The winning team was honored at the competition’s awards ceremony Saturday, Jan. 23, at Sinnissippi Park in Rockford. Sixteen state teams, 13 high school teams and one exhibition team (last year’s winning team) participated in the Jan. 20-23 event.
Other awards included:
• Second Place—Mayor’s Award: “Vagen til Valhalla,” sculpted by Svenhard, Bjorn & Thorfinn Skupien
• Third Place—Rockford Park District Award: “Fish out of Water,” sculpted by Kelly Madison, Sandy Yu and Sarah Kluge
• People’s Choice Award—“Happy Together,” sculpted by Freund, Dyer and Gustafson
• Committee’s Choice/Patricia “Pat” Hayes Parks Award—“Mr. Toad’s Not So Wild Ride,” sculpted by Scott Triplett, Keith Pliml and Dan Berry
The three-member state teams work 3 1/2 days on a 5-ton, 6-foot-by-6-foot-by-10-foot block of snow to create frozen works of art; the four-member high school teams work 2 1/2 days on a 4-foot-by-4-foot-by-6-foot block of snow. Sculptors could not use power tools or props (other than the snow) to hold up the pieces, nor were colorants allowed.
The Illinois Snow Sculpting competition is hosted by the Rockford Park District.
For more information about this event, visit www.snowsculpting.org, or call the Rockford Park District at (815) 987-8800.
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