Sculptors meet before 34th annual Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition kicks of

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ROCKFORD, Ill (WIFR) -- It's an event that gives us all a reason to appreciate the snow and cold winter weather. The 34th annual Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition kicks off tomorrow.

Before the sculptors get chipping away at their 10 feet tall snow blocks, the park district hosts a kick off celebration where participants can get to know one another and get excited for the competition. Nine teams compete for the state title for their shot at going to the national snow sculpting competition in Lake Geneva. Seventeen area high school teams will also take part. Some sculptors say they're biggest challenge is typically the weather, but things are looking good this year.

“We couldn't make snow but then we finally got some colder temperatures right before the event and we were able to make the snow, pack the blocks. So I think everyone is just really excited that we're ready to go, we're not looking at postponing or wondering if we're going to have it,” said 12th ward Alderperson John Beck.