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Wyoming snow sculpting results

Ella Marie Hayes
Saratoga, Wyo.
"Heroes," won First Place in the Youth Division Award at the 2007 Wyoming Snow Sculpting Competition. The sculpture featured a cross between the Twin Towers and empty boots at the foot of the cross representing the tragedy of 9-11. Team members were: Carson Schilt, Captain, Dylan Schilt, Josh McPeak, and Shane Kupilik.

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The historic Laramie Depot Park was once again a scene of fantasy, solemn tributes, and humorous figures during the 2007 Wyoming Snow Sculpting Competition in February. Wildlife themes ranged from a Wyoming-O-Saurus to a Llama who has been framed. One sleepy bear was tucked in his bed while another bear served dinner guests. Lions seemed as gentle as a lamb. Several solemn themes honored heroes and peace, and snowflakes came in several shapes.

Technology was represented by mermaids talking on their “shell phones”; a local radio station’s entry, “Raised on Radio,” and a car pulled up beside a gas pump.

“Promised Peace” featuring a lion and lamb at the foot of a cross took Best of Show as well as Artists’ Choice. The winning team, with Erica Haroldson, Captain, and Mike and Diane Haroldson, will represent Wyoming at the National Snow Sculpting Competition next February 2008.

Second Place was awarded to “Shell Phone Technomyth,” designed by team members, Paula Wilson-Cazier, Captain, Alison Arnold and April Bateman, showing mermaids on their “shell phones,” a seagull, and numerous aquatic details “under the water.”

“Return to Glory,” sculpted by Aaron Bateman, Captain, Cameron Jones and Al Schmit, received Third Place. A replica of the Freedom Tower (to be built to commemorate 9-11 at Ground Zero location) directed eyes heavenward behind a magnificent eagle whose wings silhouetted the space once occupied by the Twin Towers. People’s Choice Award and Regional Group Winner went to “Llama Lisa,” sculpted by Tracy duCharme, Captain, Richard Gotthoffer, Russell Gotthoffer, and Samual Gotthoffer. The front view of the llama seen through a picture frame is a “take-off” on Mona Lisa.

The Youth Award was given to “Heroes,” created by Carson Schilt, Captain, Dylan Schilt, Josh McPeak, and Shane Kupilik, also commemorates 9-11 with a cross flanked by the New York Twin Towers, and a pair of empty boots. The Second Place Youth Award went to “Ding-Ding Fill’r Up” featuring a car beside a gas pump, sculpted by Kad Schmit, Captain, Dillon Moody and Michaela Haroldson.

Although they did not receive prizes, other fascinating sculptures included “Guests for Dinner” with a large bear serving three smaller figures; “Is It Spring Yet,” asked by a sleepy bear snuggled in a bed; and “Let It Snow” showing giant snowflakes flanked by two snowmen. The dinosaur, “Wyoming-O-Saurus,” needs no explanation.

The wyOMMing Award , from Klaus Ebeling who is considered the “Grandfather of Snow Sculpting” was awarded to Pam Dalby. The award is given to a person or team who exemplifies the spirit of the competition. Pam Dalby has participated in every event and has gone to the National Competition two times. Pam has also sculpted floats for the Laramie Christmas parade.

The Volunteer of the Year award was won by Liz Watson and the Laramie Homeschool Gang.

A Coloring Contest was also held, featuring a drawing of “The Snow Queen,” a snow sculpture which took Best of Show in 2005. Prizes were awarded for winners in several ages groups up to age 18.

A little snow-person created by children and the many scattered miniature “snow molds” provided evidence of around 200 visiting school children who came on field trips. The director of Winterfest Inc., Don Berg attended the WSSC event to work with the school children and provided sculpting advice to all sculptors.

WSSC is under the auspices of the National Snow Sculpting Organization. Winterfest Inc. (of Lake Geneva, Wis.) and the Wyoming Community Foundation.

Although this winter has seen more snow than normal, much more snow was needed for fifteen sculptures and the extra supply for the children’s projects.

WyoDOT supplied 35 truckloads of snow brought in from behind snow fences in the country near Ames Monuemnt to provide adequate snow for the Competition. Many more people too numerous to mention were also involved behind the scenes to make the annual event a success.

A train locomotive snow sculpture, “All Aboard,” was created by the WyoTech ladies for visiting children to crawl through and to slide down.

This year’s awards, made by Aaron Bateman, were a polished metal cutout of a landscape with mountain, trees, and sun with the WSSC logo of a snowflake and cowboy hat on one side, superimposed on a polished wooden plaque. A metal label was added to each to identify the specific award.

And last, but certainly not least, especially for Van and me, was a fabulous offer for out-of-Albany County visitors coming to view the sculptures. Gary and Pennie Espeland, owners of the Brick Bed and Breakfast in Laramie, generously provided a drawing for a night for two at their Brick Bed and Breakfast, and Van and I were the lucky winners. The Espelands have played a major role in making the WSSC a success since the beginning of the event in Laramie.


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