State Competition

  • Teams can be no more than three members, ages 18 or older, and out of high school. Each member must be a current Illinois resident.  Amateurs and professionals are eligible. Sculptors may participate on only one team.
  • Each team is assigned (by lottery) a block of snow in Sinnissippi Park which is 6 feet long, 6 feet wide, and 10 feet high.  Finished pieces may not expand beyond 12 feet in diameter,  top to bottom. Height is unlimited.
  • No media other than snow, ice, and water may be used; colorants may not be added
  • No armatures are allowed.
  • Sculptors must use their own tools. No power tools are permitted.
  • Sculptures have to be fully finished on all sides before voting begins on Saturday.

Rockford Area High School Competition

  • The Rockford Area High School Snow Sculpting Competition is open to any high school in northern Illinois, limited to one team per school.
  • Each high school team is comprised of four students and one adult advisor (teacher or parent). Advisors provide technical support and supervision for high school teams, but may not physically assist in the actual sculpting.
  • Each team is assigned (by lottery) a block of snow in Sinnissippi Park which is 4 feet long, 4 feet wide, and 6 feet high. Finished pieces may not expand beyond 7 feet in diameter, top to bottom. Height is unlimited.
  • No media other than snow, ice, and water may be used; colorants may not be added.
  • No armatures are allowed.
  • Sculptors must use their own tools. No power tools are permitted.
  • Sculptures have to be fully finished on all sides before voting begins on Saturday.

Judging Criteria for Both Competitions

Evaluation of the sculptures is done by the sculptors themselves, using the following guidelines:

  • Creativity – 50 points
    Originality of expression and research
  • Technique – 30 points
    Use of materials, team cohesiveness, and excellence in execution
  • Message – 20 points
    Visual force and clear comprehension of the message presented through the sculpture