The St. Paul Winter Carnival snow sculpture contest started last weekend. Mom avoids these big events because they are packed with people, and many are not dog friendly. On Facebook, Mom saw that they had some rat carvings for the Year of the Rat, and she knew we needed to go, so go we did. Since Olivia and I are the rat hunters, and three dogs would be just too much, Bailie stayed home. She isn’t into car rides, so it was fine with her.
Back in January 2016, Mom took Emma to a nose work field trip at the State Fair Grounds on a Sunday morning. As they were leaving, they passed all the snow blocks for the upcoming snow sculpting contest. Of course, Emma had to get out and have her photo taken. The contest is held on the State Fair grounds every year in the Vulcan Snow Park. As you look at some of the sculptures we took photos of, remember, they all started as these snow blocks.
To avoid chaos, Mom took us to the event early Sunday morning. Yes, we left home at 7 am, before eating breakfast. It was nice because only the sculpting people were there working on their pieces of art, and some small loaders were driving around delivering more snow to those who had requested it. I found the Year of the Rat sculpture first. I couldn’t focus on the camera because that guy delivering snow was close, and making me nervous.
This Star Wars sculpture was really big and very well done. The man said it was his first year in the contest. Amazing!
We like this goofy bird on a sled. He is pretty funny.
Koalas are so in the news right now with the fires in Australia, we were not surprised to find this one carved out of snow.
Since Bailie loves to run around the house squeaking her hedgehog, we had to take a shot of this giant one made out of snow for her. Don’t tell anyone, but I think it actually looks a bit like Bailie’s smile!
This racing rodent is pretty cute. We are not sure if it is a racing mouse, or racing rat, but we like it either way.
Whoooo goes there? Yes, this is one wise snow owl I would guess. Naturally, smarty pants wanted a shot with it.
We found another rodent that wasn’t yet completed. Mouse or rat, can’t tell, but we like the ears! The St. Paul Winter Carnival has the snow sculpture contest every year. This year it is almost too warm, but the sculptors do their best in the weather we have.
This giant animal with the jumbo fangs was rather scary looking. It is not our favorite, but it was still fun to see because of it’s size.
Here is the Year of the Rat again without a dog in front of it. The areas are fairly close together and are roped off, so one can’t get really close. We are happy it won second place in the snow sculpture contest this year.
The St. Paul Winter Carnival Vulcan Snow Park is always at the fairgrounds. It’s one of the few times we can actually go to the fairgrounds. For me and Olivia it was our first time, and we would like to go back to snoop around when the weather is better, and it is not so icy. Hope you enjoyed the snow sculptures.
We are joining our friends at Living Laughing and Barking in Our Backyard for their Nature Friday blog hop.