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Snow sculpture judging questioned

Posted: February 19, 2013 - 5:32pm

Last weekend was the annual Winter Jubilee in Nisswa and as in the past years, I went to watch the parade and enjoy the snow sculptures. This year some things made me wonder.

I wonder if people know what goes into the making of such a sculpture.

I wonder if people know how difficult it is to work hour after hour in the cold weather.

I wonder if people know that one family has been doing snow sculptures every year of the 41 years of the jubilee.

I wonder if people know that this year this family put in 150 man hours constructing their masterpiece.

I wonder if people know that they spent $200 on paint to make it beautifully colorful.

I wonder if people know that at least three of them took a day off of work to dedicate to the sculpture.

I wonder if people know the total disregard some folks have of the sculptures by climbing on them.

I wonder if people know the large number of people that surrounded that sculpture to take pictures.

I wonder if people know how many times I heard this comment: “This is the THIRD-place winner?”

I wonder if people know exactly how these sculptures are judged (I surely do not).

I wonder if this dedicated family will be back next year in their same spot.

I wonder, I really, really wonder.

Betty Simenstad,

Nisswa

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