UPDATE: Rockford Snow Sculpting Competition Cancelled

ROCKFORD (WIFR) – The 27th Annual Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition at Sinnissippi Park, 1401 N. Second Street, Rockford, has been cancelled due to not having enough snow to sculpt. The event had already been postponed from January 16-19, 2013 to January 23-26, 2013.

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 cancelled. 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 www.ilsnowsculpting.com or contact: John Beck, Events & Recreation Projects Manager, at 815-987-1636 or johnbeck@rockfordparkdistrict.org, or Sue Howard, Cultural Arts & Special Events Coordinator, at 815-987-1603 or suehoward@rockfordparkdistrict.org.

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- While many of us think there's enough snow across the Stateline, a local group is hoping for much more of the white stuff this winter.

Rockford's 27th Annual Snow Sculpting competition has been postponed this year. Participants say there isn't enough snow to form right now. The event was scheduled for January 16, but organizers say it now will be January 23 to 26 in Sinnissippi Park. Teams from around Illinois compete. The winners represent the state in the U.S. Nationals snow sculpting competition.

Sue Howard, Rockford Park District, says, "We know we have the teams signed up and the sponsors but our biggest partner is Mother Nature and we have to live with what she provides for us."

The snow is brought in from the Rockford Airport. The event was canceled twice, once during the 1990s and again in 2008.

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