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WINTERFEST UPDATE - U.S. National Snow Sculpting Championships

February 02, 2012

The U.S. National Snow Sculpting Championship, a major component of Lake Geneva's Winterfest, officially is over and it is up to the judges to determine a winner.

Thousands have flocked and will continue to visit Riviera Park to see the sculptures, which now are melting because of the sun and 40-degree temperatures. Voting currently is going on and winners will be announced at 3 p.m. today, Saturday. However Winterfest will go on despite the weather as activities are being held in the Riviera Ballroom, helicopter rides on the beach and specials in many local shops.

But it is typically the snow sculptures people travel from far and wide to see. Looking for photos of the sculpting and some of the final works made of snow? Check out our Facebook page by clicking the Facebook icon in the menu bar above.

The competition started with 3-ton, 10-foot tall cylinders of packed, manmade snow. Sculpting started Wednesday and was completed this morning at 11 a.m.

Sculptors had to make some adjustments as the week went on because of the unseasonably warm temperatures.

Also, see more photos in this upcoming week's Regional News.