Updated: 01/27/2013 5:12 PM KSTP.com 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
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:
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.
First place: $100
“An Offering To Boreas”
Artist: Chad Peterson of Monticello
Second Place: $75
Artist: Andrew Monke
Third Place: $50
Artist: Jim Zupfer of Woodbury