Snow Transforms into Works of Art at 32nd Annual Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition

ROCKFORD IL – Fresh snow falling is the perfect way to start the week as final
preparations are being done to get ready for the 32nd Annual Illinois Snow
Sculpting Competition. The free, family-friendly winter event hosted by the
Rockford Park District is scheduled to be held in Sinnissippi Park, 1401 N.
Second St., Rockford, IL, January 17-20, 2018. Teams come from all over the
state to Rockford to compete for the right to represent Illinois in the U.S.
Nationals Snow Sculpting Competition; there is also a high school division. The
massive works of art also bring roughly 30,000 visitors to Sinnissippi Park
every year.

“This event is something that doesn’t happen anywhere else in Illinois, so
people come from far and wide to see the snow sculptures. I always
encourage guests to walk or drive through Sinnissippi Park during the
competition and especially on Saturday to encourage the teams and see their
masterpieces,” says John Beck, Events & Recreation Projects Manager.

Eight teams from Illinois will compete, with the winner advancing to the 2019
U.S. Nationals Snow Sculpting Competition in Lake Geneva, WI. One exhibition
team (the winner of last year’s Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition, and
competing in this year’s U.S. Nationals in Lake Geneva) will also carve a
sculpture. Sixteen area high school teams will participate in the High School
Division. The High School Division competition will take place January 18-20,

State teams will begin sculpting on Wednesday, January 17, 2018. High school
teams begin sculpting at approximately 11 a.m. on Thursday, January 18, 2018.
Sculpting will end at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 20, 2018, at which time
judging will take place. The public is encouraged to cast their vote for the
People’s Choice award between 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. on January 20, and
winners will be announced at the awards ceremony that day at 1 p.m. in the
Sinnissippi Park maintenance building.

The Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition is hosted by the Rockford Park
District, and receives tremendous support from the community through
financial and in-kind donations. Rockford Park District received an $8,000 grant
for the Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition from the Community Grants
Program of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois, with support from
the Community Arts & Humanities Fund. This event is also partially supported
by a grant from the Rockford Area Arts Council, which receives support from
the City of Rockford, the Illinois Arts Council Agency, and its members.

Major donors/sponsors for 2018 are ABC Catering, American Rigging &
Millwright, Catalyst Design & Photography, City of Rockford, Creative Crane &
Rigging, Giovanni’s Restaurant & Convention Center, Hilton Garden Inn
Rockford, Lino’s Restaurant, Pizza Ranch, Rock River Water Reclamation
District, Stockholm Inn, The Olympic Tavern, Texas Roadhouse, WIFR-TV, William
Charles Construction, and Winnebago County Highway Department. Please
look for 2018 block sponsors on site near each sculpture.

For more information, and to view sculpting progression, visit or Facebook,
Feel free to post photos using #ilsnowsculpting.