Competitors Finish Up Snow Sculptures

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ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- The flurries today didn't stop the snow sculpting teams who are hard at work out at Sinnissippi Park taking part in the 28th annual Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition. The groups have to finish their pieces before 10 a.m. tomorrow.

These folks have been at it since Wedensday and these pieces are all starting to take shape. The three guys on Team Polar Vortex made a clay mock-up. It is tiny compared to the giant block of snow they're working on now.

Twelve teams are fighting it out to be the state champions. Teams can't use any power tools or dyes on the snow. The blocks they started with were massive: six feet long, six feet wide, and 10 feet tall. The 15 high school teams here got smaller blocks. At this point, many are taking shape and you can get a good idea of the finished piece. Many teams say they'll continue working until tomorrow's 10 a.m. deadline.

"I wanted to do something that was three dimensional and had something more than a cartoon image. I think there has to be movement in the piece. Other people may disagree but I think movement is the most important aspect. And then I think you have to have some heart in it," says Scott Shepherd, competitor.

The Band of Misfit Boys will be representing the state of Illinois in the U.S. Snow Sculpting Championship later this month in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. They're down the road working on their sculpture called "Ralph Was Given The Wrong Address Again."

You can check out these works of art yourself either by driving or walking through the park. It's open until 11 tonight. When the park reopens Saturday, spectators can vote for their favorite. That people's choice award and the other awards are handed out at 1 p.m. Saturday.

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