Snow Sculpting Competition Begins

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ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Snow from the runways at the Rockford Airport will now turn into a sight tens of thousands of people will travel to the Stateline to see.

Artists are chiseling away at their masterpieces for the 28th annual Illinois Snow Sculpting competition which kicked off today in Sinnissippi Park. 12 teams from across the state start off with a block of snow six feet long, six feet wide, and 10 feet high. The teams of three remain in the elements, sculpting for 15 hours a day, but the weather is not putting a damper on the competitors.

“Mother nature is always the fourth team member and depending on how good she is to us makes a difference in how difficult it is to pull off the piece. We try to make it a crisp, clean piece and to do that, we need the cold temperatures, which we have gotten this year, so it will be a wonderful event,” said sculptor Polly Freund.

The event goes until Saturday and the winner will advance to the 2015 U.S. Nationals snow sculpting competition in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

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