Six teams from across Illinois compete in 33rd snow sculpting competition at Sinnissippi Park

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Teams from across the state and around the Stateline area took over Sinnissippi Park on Wednesday, transforming blocks of snow into pieces of art as part of the 33rd Annual Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition.

Fifteen area high schools are taking part in the event this year, and will start their carvings tomorrow.

Six statewide teams are competing for the chance to advance to the 2019 U.S. National Snow Sculpting Competition.

Competitors said the weather creates challenges.

“We have known about the weather, so we know how far we can go, when to cover up, if we have to,” said Jack Gerard, team captain for the Iron Menn. “We’ll have to cover up fairly soon, here. We probably won’t do much of any sculpting until tomorrow night.”

The competitors will work through Saturday. There is no fee to visit and check out the sculptures, although donations are appreciated.

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