The Big Chill - Wisconsin State Snow Sculpting Competition
RACINE — The Wisconsin State Snow Sculpting Competition will be held Friday through Sunday, Jan. 20-22, at Monument Square, Main and Sixth streets.
The Big Chill is Wisconsin’s 22nd annual State Snow Sculpting Competition which is being held in Racine for the first time. It was previously held in Wisconsin Dells as the Flake Out Festival. The event will bring the state’s best two-person snow sculpting teams to Monument Square where they will compete for cash prizes as well as the title of Wisconsin snow sculpting champion. The winning team will then advance to the U.S. National Competition held in Lake Geneva in February of 2013.
The 16 snow sculpting teams competing for the state title will begin sculpting their creations out of 6-by-6-by-8-foot blocks of snow at 4 p.m. Friday. They will continue sculpting throughout the weekend with “tools down” at noon on Sunday.
Visitors are encouraged to visit Downtown Racine throughout the weekend and cast their votes for their favorite snow sculptures. People’s Choice voting begins at 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon and continues until 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon. The People’s Choice votes will help to determine the winners which will be announced Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. at Monument Square.
On Saturday afternoon, guests will have an opportunity to meet and greet the Door County sled dogs which will be at Monument Square from 2:30 to 4 p.m. This recreational sled dog team is made up of rescued Siberian and Alaskan Huskies and two human mushers. They are a “recreational mid-distance” team that participates in races, fun runs, leisurely trail rides and community events.
Refreshments will be sold throughout the weekend. There is no admission fee.
In conjunction with The Big Chill, the Racine Arts Council, 316 Sixth St., will feature a special exhibit by the artists of The Big Chill. The snow sculptors have been invited to bring samples of their artwork to display at the Racine Arts Council throughout the weekend. There will also be a special display showing the history of the Wisconsin State Snow Sculpting Championship events from the past 21 years, which is the oldest state snow sculpting championship event in the United States. The Racine Arts Council will be open from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday.
Photographic Design Studio, 411 Sixth St., will host an open house from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday with a preview of their photographs of the unique villages and beautiful lakes north of Milan, Italy. They will also be open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.