11th New Hampshire Sanctioned & Jackson Invitational Snow Sculpting Competition
being held at Black Mountain.
Jackson, NH is home to the New Hampshire State Sanctioned Snow Sculpting Competition and the Jackson Invitational, to be held on
January 27TH, 28TH & 29TH, 2012.
This event attracts a wide variety of sculptors, both amateur and professional. In fact, many of the Competing Teams will be using this weekend as a practice run for Lake Geneva and the Nationals. Other sanctioned states holding championship competitions include Alaska, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, and Wisconsin. Each team of sculptors consists of 2 or 3 members, and in order to be eligible to compete in the State Championship, team members must be 18 years or older and reside or work in New Hampshire. The winning team of the State Championship will receive a trophy and an invitation to compete in the United States National Snow Sculpting Competition, to be held at Lake Geneva, Wisconsin in 2013. Our New Hampshire State Sanctioned winners for 2012 was Dick Devellian We all wish Dick and his team well as they will be headed to Lake Geneva for the 2012 Nationals representing the entire state of New Hampshire. Dick Devellian who is from Jackson, New Hampshire, have been a past winner a few times. The winners of the Nationals then go on to compete in international competitions offered by sanctioned member countries such as Switzerland, France, Italy, Japan, Canada, China, Norway and Russia.
Amateurs and professionals of any age are eligible to compete in the Overall and People’s Choice Awards. Team members come from a variety of backgrounds including chefs from fine restaurants, architects, students of culinary and art schools, and various civic organizations. Sculptors from outside of New Hampshire will also be in Jackson participating in the invitational, exhibiting their magnificent works of snow art. Each team will be given a cylinder shaped block of snow 4 feet in diameter by 8 feet tall to create their snow sculptures. Most of the teams will start sculpting on Friday, January 28th and continue working through the night on Saturday to complete their sculptures in time for the judging on Sunday afternoon January 30th starting at Noon. Judging is based on creativity, technique and message.
Other activities planned for the snow sculpture weekend include a welcome reception dinner, with a bon fire and S’mores, kids snow art, sleigh rides and more. Be sure to check out the website www.JacksonNH.com for all the event details.
You can expect to see at least 12 sculpting teams at Black Mountain this year. Teams will begin sculpting on Friday January 27th. Many teams will continue to sculpt throughout the night into the wee hours of the morning through all kinds of weather and cold. Teams have to end sculpting at noon on Sunday January 29th, 2012. We recommend that you come and see the entire process of the sculptor taking a very blah cylinder of snow and sculpting it into an amazing piece of art frozen in time. The process takes 2 full days with the finished piece ready for viewing on Sunday at noon. This year’s winners of the NH Sanctioned event will represent the entire state of New Hampshire in the 2013 Nationals held at Lake Geneva WI where more than 1/4 million people will visit.
You can meet our sculptors and learn more about this event and what it takes to complete one of these impressive pieces of art by joining us at the Shovel Handle Pub on Saturday evening at 6 PM January 28th, 2012.
We encourage all visitors to vote for their favorite “People’s Choice” award… votes can not be cast until Sunday morning… you need to see the pieces really take shape before you can tell which one you will like the most. This award is the coveted award that each team wants to win and only you can help them take it home! The public is encouraged to join us at the awards ceremony also being held at the Shovel Handle Pub at Whitney’s Inn at Jackson located on Route 16B in Jackson just next to Black Mountain Ski Area. Winners of all competitions will be announced at the Awards Ceremony.
Interested Sculptors… give the Chamber a call at 603-383-9356… Or down load the application off the website JacksonNH.com. You can E-mail it back to info@JacksonNH.com or mail it to address below
Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 304
Jackson, New Hampshire 03846
Telephone: (603) 383-9356
Fax: (603) 383-0931