Winter Carnival snow sculpting winners announced

After a weekend of chilly carving, this year’s Saint Paul Winter Carnival snow sculpting competition winners were announced Sunday.

“Olympic Dreaming,” sculpted by team Royal and Supreme Order of Snow and Sand Sculptors and Shovelers, took first place, earning the trio $1,000 and a spot to represent Minnesota in the U.S. National Snow Sculpting Competition.

Jonathan Baller, of Stillwater, Joshua Baller, of St. Paul, and Curt Cook, of Cottage Grove, made up the winning 2022 team. They also won the people’s choice award.

“Convergent Devolution,” created by team House of Thune, took second place and the Vulcans’ choice award.

“Chibishikee & Migizi Have A Chat,” sculpted by Team Kwe, took third and the artists’ choice award.

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The state competition sculptures couldn’t exceed a 12-foot-by-12-foot area.

The Small-Block sculpting contest winners were also announced. These sculptures could only be 6-feet-by-6-feet large.

“Problematic Pescatarian,” created by team Please Be Gentoo, took first. “Minnesota Ice,” sculpted by team Teachers Sleigh, took second, and “The Thinker,” crafted by team We Tried, took third.

Meet all of the snow sculpting teams here.

Visitors can stop by Vulcan Snow Park and check out all of this year’s snow sculptures until Sunday, Feb. 6.