“These are just gorgeous, (I) cannot believe the hard work put in on these. There’s a lot of them, a lot out here to see,” said South Beloit resident Kent Weber, after seeing several ice sculptures in the ‘Illinois Ice Sculpting Competition’ held in Rockford.
This year was the 31st annual, something that didn’t seem possible a week ago.
“This year has been a challenge just because of the warm temperatures. We had to postpone it a week, but we got it in this week,” said John Beck, Director of the ‘Illinois Ice Sculpting Competition’. “I think if people go out and see the sculptures, I think they are going to be amazed with what the outcome has been,” he added.
Competitors of all skills levels showed off their talents. Something that caught Kent Weber’s eye, was the work done by our local high schools.
“These high school people really did a great job on these. We have a lot of talent in the area,” he said.
“We’ve gotten a lot of compliments and all positive feedback. We’ve had the pro sculptors come over and give us critiques and some tips, and they said it looks pretty good,” said Byron High School competitor Savanna Harper.
Harper and her teammates placed third in the High School Competition for their sculpture ‘Beary Clean’. She said the delayed start to the competition was in fact a motivator for her and her team.
“I think it made us like more anxious to get started and see how it turns out,” she said.
“One of our favorites is ‘The Huntress’ down at the lower end here, now we’re getting to see the rest of this,” said Weber. “We just had a lot of fun looking at all these things,” he added.
The results of the competition are in, with the ‘The Huntress’ winning the State Competition and ‘Edgar Allen Snow’ winning the High School Competition. Information and results are on https://www.ilsnowsculpting.com/.
Winners of the State Competition will compete at next years National Competition in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.