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2019 Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition Postponed For Snowmaking Efforts


2019 Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition Postponed For Snowmaking Efforts

Mike Costello

ROCKFORD, IL – More cold temperatures, please! Unfortunately, the 33rd Annual Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition scheduled for January 16-19, 2019 at Sinnissippi Park, 1401 N. Second Street, Rockford, has been postponed to February 6-9, 2019, to provide enough time to make snow. Since 2016, the District has relied on manmade snow versus Mother Nature providing enough snow, but temperatures still need to consistently remain cold enough to make snow.

“We are optimistic that pushing this event into February will give us enough time to make our own snow, thanks to a string of colder temperatures in the forecast. It’s never easy to make the decision to postpone the competition, but rain and a recent warmup made snowmaking impossible. We need consistent cold temperatures which provides the most favorable conditions to make snow and will provide the best blank canvas for our competitors to create their masterpieces,” says John Beck, Rockford Park District Events & Recreation Projects Manager. This free family-friendly event has been postponed several times in the past but has never taken place in February.

About Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition

The Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition is a free, family-friendly community winter event hosted by the Rockford Park District. The event brings teams from around the state to Rockford to compete for the right to represent Illinois in the U.S. Nationals Snow Sculpting Competition; there is also a high school division. Typically, more than 30,000 attend the Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition to admire the massive works of snow art.

For more information, contact John Beck, Events & Recreation Projects Manager, at 815-987-1636 or