The 27th Annual Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition has been cancelled due to not having enough snow to sculpt. The event had already been postponed from January 16-19, 2013 to January 23-26, 2013. Twelve teams from around the state were set to compete for the right to represent Illinois at the U.S. Nationals Snow Sculpting Competition. Fifteen high school teams from the Rockford area were also going to compete in the high school division.
“We were holding out hope that enough snow would have accumulated at the Chicago Rockford International Airport over the weekend, but unfortunately, we still don’t have the amounts that were needed to form the snow piles to sculpt. We’re disappointed that we had to cancel this popular event,” says John Beck of the Rockford Park District who hosts the event.
In 27 years of the Rockford Park District hosting this competition, this is only the third time that this outdoor event has had to be cancelled. The 28th Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition will be held in Rockford, Illinois, January 15-18, 2013.