Stillwater to host World Snow Sculpting Championship for third time

The city of Stillwater will host the World Snow Sculpting Championship this winter for the third time.

The event will be held Jan. 17-21 in Lowell Park.

Teams from around the world will come to town to compete for prize money and the title of “World Champions,” said Robin Anthony, executive director of the Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce.

Sculptors will have 72 hours to carve their sculptures out of snow. Spectators can watch the entire process, visit with the teams and vote for their favorite sculpture; the team with the most votes will win “The People’s Choice Award.”

The event, sanctioned by Finland-based Association Internationale de Sculpture sur Neige et Glase, was first held in Stillwater in January 2022. Last year’s event brought 50,000 visitors, Anthony said.

“It’s a great event for the city,” Anthony said. “The bars and restaurants are always full. This year, we’re going to have two tents on site — one is hospitality and one is concessions. People can grab a drink and walk around. Isn’t that awesome?”

This year, teams from Canada, France, Germany, Turkey, Finland, Ecuador, Wales, Mexico and the U.S. are scheduled to compete.

For more information, contact or 651-439-4001.

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