Rockford Park District: Snow Sculpting Competition Is Postponed
Normally, when someone in Northern Illinois wishes for colder temperatures in January, friends, family, and colleagues start to worry about that person's sanity, or threaten them with physical violence for trying to summon an arctic cold front.
Like I said, that's normally what happens around here.
However, exceptions are sometimes made when the hope and prayer for colder weather is for a good reason--like holding the 2023 Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition in Sinnissippi Park that was supposed to take place this month, January 18th through January 21st.
The Rockford Park District Says The Culprit Behind The Postponement Of The Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition Is Uneven Temperatures, Or More Simply, It's Not Cold Enough
I guess for those who don't care at all about snow sculpting, having warmer temperatures in January is a pretty nice thing, but c'mon, we only need a week or so of the deep freeze to complete the entire event.
If you're a cold-hater, you could always take that week and go to Florida.
The Rockford Park District Wants Me To Emphasize That This Is A Postponement, Not A Cancellation
The Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition was originally scheduled for January 18-21, but now due to the weather-related postponement, will take place February 8th through the 11th.
Rockford Park District:
Since 2016, the Park District has relied on manmade snow versus Mother Nature, but to make enough manmade snow, consistently cold temperatures are needed, along with low humidity. Each state competition block is 6 feet long, 6 feet wide, and 10 feet high, and requires 2.5 tons of snow.
Warmer winter temperatures and recent rainy conditions have made it nearly impossible to make enough manmade snow for the competition to take place in January.