The Big Chill Winter Snow Sculpting Competition
RACINE - Downtown Racine Corporation and Winterfun Inc. have announced that the Official 2013 Wisconsin snow sculpting competition, The Big Chill, will be has been postponed to the weekend of Jan. 18-20 at Monument Square, Main and Sixth streets.
"It's a great opportunity to the see the creative process of sculpting from start on Friday to finish on Sunday with a material that some of us consider a nuisance at times," said Jeff Shawhan, three time state champion sculptor and chairman of the 2013 Big Chill. "Watching how sculptors enjoy the interaction with the public...they really look forward to sharing their passion of sculpting snow".
The Big Chill will bring 16 of the state's best two-person snow sculpting teams to Downtown Racine's Monument Square. The sculptors will be competing for cash prizes, as well as the state title. As Wisconsin's only state-sanctioned snow sculpting competition, The Big Chill championship team advances to the U.S. National Competition in Lake Geneva in February of 2014.
Professional snow sculptors from throughout the state submitted their designs for approval in early December. The designs will be carved out of 6' x 6' x 8' blocks of snow that weigh over 16,000 pounds. The competition gets under way at 5 p.m. Friday and the winner is announced Sunday at 2 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to come down to the event and cast their vote for their favorites. The People's Choice votes will help to determine the new Wisconsin State Champion which makes visitors an integral part of the event.
In addition to the championship snow sculpting competition, Downtown will play host to the annual, Downtown Carves Its Niche, former ice carving event. Professional ice carvers will create breathtaking masterpieces from 12 inch by 20 inch by 40 inch blockes of ice. Ice sculptors will be placed along Main and Sixth Streets.