Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition set for Jan. 25-28 at Sinnissippi

Staff Report

The 26th Annual Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition is set for Jan. 25-28 at Sinnissippi Park, 1401 N. Second St., Rockford.

Eight teams from Illinois will compete, with the winner advancing to the 2012 National Championship in Lake Geneva, Wis. One exhibition team (the winner of last year’s Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition) will also carve a sculpture.

More than a dozen area high school teams will participate in the High School Division. The High School Division competition will run Jan. 26-28.

Sculpting will end at 10 a.m., Jan. 28, at which time judging will occur. The public is encouraged to cast their vote for People’s Choice Award between 8:30 and 11 a.m., Jan. 28. Winners will be announced that same day at the Illinois Snow Sculpting Awards Banquet at 1 p.m. in the Sinnissippi Park Maintenance Building.

Visitors have the option of either driving through the park to view the sculptures or parking outside of the park and walking.

The Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition is a free, family-friendly community winter event hosted by the Rockford Park District.

Many private and public groups cooperate to offer this event for the 50,000-plus spectators who will view the frozen works of art during the event and for many days following the competition. For more information, visit

From the Jan. 18-24, 2012, issue

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