The U.S. National Snow Sculpting Competition has made its annual return to the shores of Lake Geneva in southern Wisconsin and is more than worth the short drive down the interstate to view it!
Teams of sculptors from around the country compete in the event making intricate art from eight by nine feet cylinders of snow. The sculpting started on Wednesday and continued through 11:00 AM on Saturday. Then through the mid-day Saturday, the general public had a chance to vote for the “Peoples’ Choice Award” and a panel of judges graded the sculptures prior to awarding the top three prizes.
Last year, two Wisconsin teams carved their way into the elite three with the nature based artistry of “Egrets” claiming First Prize. The piece features two of the birds entwined among reeds in a wetland.A Michigan team won Second Place and the coveted “Peoples’ Choice Award” with a charming scene that was a blending of Halloween and Wizard of Oz with a Scare Crow surrounded by pumpkins aptly entitled, “If I only had a brain”.
“Parenthood”, a sculpture featuring a large Brachiosaurus and her young offspring eating the leafy top (for Mama) and bottom (for baby) limbs of a tree created by another Wisconsin team garnered Third Place.
My personal favorite from last year was created by a team from Minnesota and featured two pigs riding a motorcycle and was called “Squeeling Wheels” and subtitled, “Hogs like us baby we were born to ride!”
It is going to be a long day waiting for that 5:00 p.m. kick-off, a perfect way to pass the time would be to make the short drive to Lake Geneva to enjoy this year's sculptures.