Snow Sculpting Competition canceled

Staff Report

The 27th Annual Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition at Sinnissippi Park, 1401 N. Second St., Rockford, has been canceled as a result of not having enough snow to sculpt. The event had already been postponed from Jan. 16-19 to Jan. 23-26. Twelve teams from around the state were set to compete for the right to represent Illinois at the U.S. Nationals Snow Sculpting Competition. Fifteen high school teams from the Rockford area were also going to compete in the high school division.

“We were holding out hope that enough snow would have accumulated at the Chicago Rockford International Airport over the weekend, but unfortunately, we still don’t have the amounts that were needed to form the snow piles to sculpt. We’re disappointed that we had to cancel this popular event,” says John Beck, Events & Recreation Projects manager.

The Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition is a free, family-friendly community winter event hosted by the Rockford Park District. In 27 years of the Rockford Park District hosting this competition, this is only the third time that this outdoor event has had to be canceled. Typically, as many as 40,000 visitors walk or drive through Sinnissippi Park yearly to admire the massive works of snow art.

For more information, visit or contact: John Beck, Events & Recreation Projects manager, at (815) 987-1636 or, or Sue Howard, Cultural Arts & Special Events coordinator, at (815) 987-1603 or

From the Jan. 16-22, 2013, issue

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