SLIDESHOW: Winter Carnival Sculpture Competition

Updated: 01/27/2013 5:12 PM By: Kaitlin Stevens

The snow sculpture carving event, held at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds on Saturday, is hosted by the Vulcans. Sculptures will be on display through the end of the Winter Carnival, February 3.

The Individual Competition for ice sculptures began in Rice Park at 9 a.m. today. Sculptures had until 2 p.m., for professionals, and 3 p.m., for artisans, to finish.

Each team was given two blocks of ice approximately sized 40” x 20” x 10” and weighing 300 lbs each.

These are the winners of the snow sculpture competition:

First Place and Artists Choice

“The Big Game”

Team name:  Snow Cowboys

Artists:  Mike Majerus of Rogers, David Ryding of Minneapolis, and Adam Turner of Arden Hills

Artwork description:  Full size bull moose in battle with two wolves

Prize:  $1,000 and the chance to represent Minnesota at the National Snow Sculpting Competition at Lake Geneva, Wisc.

Second Place and People’s Choice

“Beethoven’s Fifth Lesson”

Team name: Sculptors in Sync

Team name:  Jim Krueger of East Bethel, Jared Trost and Tim Trost of Goodhue

Artwork description: A piano lesson, teacher and student at an upright piano


Third Place:


Team name:  The Royal and Supreme Order of Snow and Sand Sculptors and Shovelers

Artists:  Jon Baller of Stillwater, Joshua Baller of Stillwater, and Curt Cook of Cottage Grove

Rough artwork description:  A man holding a puzzle piece in front of a puzzle


Winners of the ice sculpting competition:

Professional Division

First place:  $750

“Parrot in a Cage”

Artist: Greg Schmotzer of Hastings


Second Place:  $500


Artists:  Rob Graham of Minneapolis and Tom Schiller of Hastings

Third Place:  $250


Artist:  Chris Swarbrick of Hudson, Wisc.


Artisan Division:

First place:  $100

“An Offering To Boreas”

Artist: Chad Peterson of Monticello


Second Place:  $75

“Angel Fish”

Artist: Andrew Monke


Third Place:  $50

“Frosty Fiddler”

Artist: Jim Zupfer of Woodbury