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Kilted Snow Weasels team of George Harnish, Grant Rundblade and Randy Tackett (captain) from Rockford won the 29th Annual Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition with their sculpture titled “Shot of Whiskey … Leave the Bottle.”
The winning team was honored at the competition’s awards ceremony Saturday, Jan. 17, at Sinnissippi Park in Rockford. The team will advance to the 2016 U.S. Nationals Snow Sculpting Competition in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.
Twelve state teams, 15 high school teams and one exhibition team (the winner of last year’s Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition) participated in the Jan. 14-17 event in Rockford.
Other awards included the following:
• Second Place — City of Rockford Mayor’s Award: “Hugh Manatee,” sculpted by The Band of Misfit Boys team composed of Dan “Man-Bear” Berry, Keith Pliml and Scott Triplett (captain);
• Third Place — Rockford Park District Award: “Dancing with the Saurs,” sculpted by Quatsh-Men team composed of Jack Gerard, Peter Hermann (captain) and Doug Scherrinsky;
• People’s Choice Award: “Shot of Whiskey … Leave the Bottle,” sculpted by The Kilted Snow Weasels team of George Harnish, Grant Rundblade and Randy Tackett (captain); and
• Committee’s Choice Award — Patricia “Pat” Hayes Parks Award: “Joyride,” sculpted by Moxie’s Maxim team composed of Katie Dorland (captain), Jodie Jones and Shellie Zuroske.
High School Division awards included the following:
• First Place — “A Hot Encounter,” sculpted by Byron High School, composed of Brian Hardeman, Erin Hays, Miles Lindholtz and Kjia Welte. Adviser: Kathy Driscoll.
• Second Place — “Transformation,” sculpted by Rockford Christian Life High School, composed of Joshua Eco, Victoria Fox, Angelica Hill and Caleb Keffer. Adviser: Bruce McDonald.
• Third Place — “Chilled to the Bone,” sculpted by Rockton Hononegah Community High School, composed of Sydney Bruckner, Audrey Humy, Alyssa Nicosia and Victoria Sweeney. Adviser: Jennifer Multhauf.
• Linda K. White Spirit Award — “Frost Bite,” sculpted by Belvidere North, composed of Jesse Harris, Kelsey Heimer, Alicia Porter and Justin Sepeda. Adviser: Edith Obenchain.
• Committee’s Choice Award — “Off the Rails,” sculpted by Pecatonica High School, composed of Lexi Frederick, Bailey Penwell, Kelsey Swanson and Charity Voskuil. Adviser: Jillian Torre.
• Artists’ Choice Award — “A Hot Encounter,” sculpted by Byron High School, composed of Brian Hardeman, Erin Hays, Miles Lindholtz and Kjia Welte. Adviser: Kathy Driscoll.
• People’s Choice Award — “Can I Borrow Your Suitcase? I Only Have a Little Trunk,” sculpted by Rockford Guilford High School, composed of Natalie Adamany, Jessica Ahlgren, Shannon Hallstein and Nancy Villa. Adviser: Bo Hammarberg.
About the competition
Three people make up a state team, and high school teams have four people. The sculptors may not use any power tools or pre-fabricated molds. Teams use axes, machetes, water buckets, shovels, ice chisels, and homemade scraping tools. Each team is assigned (by lottery) a block of snow that is 6 feet long, 6 feet wide, and 10 feet high. Finished pieces may not expand beyond 12 feet in diameter, but height is unlimited. High school blocks are 4 feet wide, 4 feet long, and 6 feet high.
The Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition is hosted by the Rockford Park District, and receives tremendous support from the community through financial and in-kind donations. For more information, visit www.ilsnowsculpting.com, or call the Rockford Park District at (815) 987-8800.
Posted Jan. 19, 2015