A Tradition Since 1987 – The Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition at Sinnissippi Park

Rockford, Illinois — It is said as many as 40,000 visitors visit Sinnissippi Park each year to view these massive works of snow art.  What began in 1985 by a chance encounter upon a winter carnival and snow sculpture in northern Wisconsin, two local businessmen, Dennis Johnson and Brian Hampton with the help of Rockford Alderman Frank Beach, transformed Rockford into the Illinois Snow Sculpting host city is it known for today.

This January 17-20, 2018 teams from around the state will compete in Rockford for the right to represent Illinois in the 2019 U.S. National Snow Sculpting Competition. High school teams from the Rockford area will compete in the high school division the same week.

Sinnissippi Park is open to the public for sculpture viewing while weather permits. Viewing hours are daily from sunrise until 10:30pm. You may drive or walk through the park. Visitors are encouraged to take the time to walk through to maximize their experience and allow them to view the sculptures from all sides.

From I-90: Exit at U.S. 20 Business (E. State St.) and follow Business 20 into Rockford. Turn right on IL 251 and follow it north to the From the south: Exit I-39 west on U.S. 20 Bypass to IL 251 (11th St.) Follow IL 251 through town to the entrance to the park on the east side of the street.

Limited parking is available at Sinnissippi Park. Additional parking is available at Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens just west of Sinnissippi Park across N. Second Street.

Awards Ceremony will take place Saturday January 20th at 1:00 pm..

Admission is free but donations are welcome.

For more information about the event visit, https://www.ilsnowsculpting.com/

©Rockford Park District - Photo by Nathan McDonald
©Rockford Park District – Photo by Nathan McDonald

 

 

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Cover photo: ©Rockford Park District – Photo by Nathan McDonald

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