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Team Wisconsin 2, one of three Badger State squads that competed in 2016. (PHOTO: Visit Lake Geneva)

Chilly chiselin' fans take note: U.S. Snow Sculpting Competition kicks off today

The annual U.S. Snow Sculpting Competition starts today in Lake Geneva.

The event runs all day today through Saturday and kicks off Lake Geneva's annual Winterfest, which continues through Sunday, Feb. 12 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.

If you find yourself addicted to snow sculpting competitions, the Wisconsin State Snow Sculpting Competition is slated for Feb. 10-12 at Lakeside Park in Fond du Lac.

In the meantime, enjoy these photos of sculptures from last year's event in Lake Geneva, courtesy of Visit Lake Geneva.

Dolphins

Wow!

This guy

Team Wisconsin 1

Team Wisconsin 2

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