The 31st Annual Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition scheduled for January 18-21, 2017 at Sinnissippi Park, 1401 N. Second Street, Rockford, has been postponed to January 25-28, 2017.
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.
“Thanks to making our own snow, we certainly have enough snow, however, we are more concerned this year about the unseasonably warmer weather expected next week. We made the decision to postpone the competition hoping for colder temperatures the following week to provide competitors with more favorable conditions to work on their snow masterpieces, and that guests will have a better chance of enjoying the snow sculptures longer,” says John Beck, Events & Recreation Projects Manager.
Over the years, the event was postponed or canceled several times due to the lack of snow. Earlier this week, 27 blocks of snow were set at various spots throughout Sinnissippi Park. Tarps will be placed over the current blocks of snow in an effort to try to slow down any potential melting.