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2016 Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition Results


2016 Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition Results

Mike Costello

©Rockford Park District - Photo by Jesse Fox

Quatsch-Men team of Jack Gerard (Captain), Peter Hermann, and Fran Volz won the 30th Annual Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition with their sculpture titled "Oh My Pumpy-Umpy-Umkin."

The winning team was honored at the competition’s awards ceremony earlier this afternoon, Saturday, January 30, 2016 at Sinnissippi Park in Rockford, Illinois and will advance to the 2017 U.S. Nationals Snow Sculpting Competition in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.  Eleven state teams, 15 high school teams and one exhibition team  (the winner of last year’s Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition) participated in the January 27 – 30, 2016 event.


2nd Place - City of Rockford Mayor’s Award

Team Name: Band of Misfit Boys

3rd Place - Rockford Park District Award

Team Name: Slacktastic 4

People’s Choice Award

Team Name: Quatsch-Men

Committee’s Choice Award – Patricia “Pat” Hayes Parks Award

Team Name: Frosted Flakes


1st Place

“Frozen In Time” 

Team: Hononegah High School

Advisor: Jennifer Decker

Students: Audrey Humy, Alyssa Nicosia, Victoria Sweeney, Austin Hegge

2nd Place

“Keeper of Knowledge”

Team: Winnebago High School  

Advisor: Lisa Jimenez

Student: Megan Bogdonas, Harrison Reiter, Isabella Scott, Abigail Edwards 

3rd Place

“Stop Laughing at My Crocs”
Team: Guilford High School

Advisor: Bethany Austin

Students: Autumn Alderman, Callie Froeber, Melissa Jones, Cameron Strandin

Linda K. White Spirit Award

“It Only Took 12 Years: The Year of the Monkey”

Team: Cambridge Lakes Charter School

Advisor: Kelly Madison

Students: Abigail Biggar, Abigail Ramirez, Savannah Troha

Committee’s Choice Award

“Seal of Approval”  

Team: Pecatonica High School

Advisor: Jillian Torre

Students: Lexi Frederick, Bailey Penwell, Kelsey Swanson, Charity Voskuil

Artists' Choice Award

“Keeper of Knowledge”  

Team: Winnebago High School

Advisor: Lisa Jimenez

Students: Megan Bogdonas, Harrison Reiter, Isabella Scott, Abigail Edwards

People's Choice Award

The Sorcerer”

Team: Byron High School

Advisor: Kathy Driscoll

Students: Caleb Denton, Savanna Harper, Erin Hays, Kjia Welte

Competition Rules

Three sculptors make up a state team, and high school teams have four sculptors. The sculptors may not use any power tools or pre-fabricated molds. Teams use axes, machetes, water buckets, shovels, saws, ice chisels, and homemade scraping tools. Each team is assigned (by lottery) a block of snow that is 6 feet long, 6 feet wide, and 10 feet high. Finished pieces may not expand beyond 12 feet in diameter, but height is unlimited. High school blocks are 4 feet wide, 4 feet long, and 6 feet high.

Viewing Information

Sinnissippi Park is open to the public for sculpture viewing while weather permits. Viewing hours are daily from sunrise until 11:00 p.m. There is no admission fee, but donations are welcome. Visitors may drive or walk through the park; visitors are encouraged to take the time to walk through, to maximize their experience, and allow them to view the sculptures from all sides. Limited parking is available at Sinnissippi Park.  Additional parking is available at Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens just west of Sinnissippi Park across  N. Second St.

The Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition is hosted by the Rockford Park District, and receives tremendous support from the community through financial and in-kind donations. Major donors for 2016 are ABC Catering, Advanced Machine & Engineering, Chicago Rockford International Airport, Creative Crane, Giovanni’s Restaurant & Convention Center, Rigging, Henning Inc., Rock River Water Reclamation District, Scandroli Construction, Stockholm Inn, William Charles Construction, and Winnebago County Highway Department. Supporting sponsors for 2016 are: co-sponsor Cliffbreakers Riverside Hotel & Conference Center, Lino’s Italian Restaurant, and WIFR-TV. Please look for 2016 block sponsors on site near each sculpture.