The annual U.S. Snow Sculpting Competition takes place Jan. 29-Feb. 3 in Lake Geneva.
The event kicks off Lake Geneva’s annual Winterfest, which runs Saturday, Jan. 27 through Sunday, Feb. 4 with a range of events including skating, tours, an ice bar, games and more.
Luckily, the weather should hold for it. Snow sculpting events in Milwaukee, if I remember correctly, always seemed to land during the ever-unpredictable January thaws.
Fifteen teams from across the country – some from places as distant as Alaska – will do battle, each with their own 9x8-foot cylinder of tightly packed snow.
After about three days’ work, competitors will vote to name the best of the best. No, they are not allowed to vote for their own work. There will also be a "people’s choice" winner based on ballots available to the public at the competition.
In the meantime, enjoy these photos of sculptures from a recent event in Lake Geneva, courtesy of Visit Lake Geneva.
Team Wisconsin 1
Team Wisconsin 2
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.
He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.
With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.
He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for OnMilwaukee.com and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.
In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.
He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.