IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: The snow sculptures are no longer standing. They began to collapse early Saturday afternoon during the awards ceremony (Jan 17), and by Monday morning (Jan 19) the majority were no longer recognizable as sculptures. Because of this, and for safety reasons, they have been plowed down.

2015 State Teams

Each team is comprised of up to three members, age 18 or older, who are current residents of Illinois. Line drawings of each team’s sculpture are submitted at time of application, and block assignments are done by lottery.

Exhibition – 2014 State Champions

Vikings in Black – “Master of the Universe”
Members: Bjorn Skupien, Sven Skupien (Captain), Thorfinn Skupien

Vikings in Black will be representing Illinois in this year’s National Snow Sculpting Competition. (2015 State Champions will compete in 2016.)

Block 1

Polar Vortex – “Fee! Fie! Foe! Fum!”
Members: Mike McNamara, Scott Shepherd (Captain), Alva Thomas

Block 2

Snowflake Assassins – “Battle for the Iron Throne”
Members: Kelly Madison, Candace Washburn, Chris Wing (Captain)

Block 3

Snow Demons – “Lion of Venice”
Members: Christopher Lindal, Amy Sticha (Captain), Brianna Victora

Block 4 – 2015 State Champions!
People’s Choice Award

Kilted Snow Weasels – “Shot of Whiskey … Leave the Bottle”
Members: George Harnish, Grant Rundblade, Randy Tackett (Captain)


Block 5

Whippersnappers – “Oni”
Members: Brett Calomino (Captain), Sean Heinekamp, Clayton Weiss

Block 6 – Committee’s Choice Award

Moxie’s Maxim – “Joyride”
Members: Katie Dorland (Captain), Jodie Jones, Shellie Zuroske


Block 7 – Second Place

The Band of Misfit Boys – “Hugh Manatee”
Members: Dan “Man-Bear” Berry, Keith Pliml, Scott Triplett (Captain)


Block 8

Team Iron Lion – “White Wave”
Members: Bradley Argyle (Captain), Krista Gustafson, Eric Hoffman

Block 9

Frosted Flakes – “The Space Between Us”
Members: Steve Larson, Bruce Quast (Captain), Michael Rathbun

Block 10 – Third Place

Quatsch-Men – “Dancing with the ‘Saurs”
Members: Jack Gerard, Peter Hermann (Captain), Doug Scherrinsky


Block 11

Slacktastic 4 – “Krampus is Coming to Town”
Members: Nathaniel Branch, Andy Skupien (Captain), Jared Corey

Block 12

Frieze Masons – “The Mane Event”
Members: Sergio Aguilar, Ryan Ehredt (Captain), Christopher Hansen

2014 Winners

  • 1st Place, State Champions: Vikings in Black – “Dragon Whisperer”
  • 2nd Place: Frosted Flakes – “Take Me to Your Leader”
  • 3rd Place: Slacktastic 4 – “Ents Go Marching In”
  • Committees Choice: Frosted Flakes – “Take Me To Your Leader”
  • People’s Choice: Whippersnappers – “Get Off My Lawn!”