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Got snow? Make snow sculptures!

Snow sculpture contest organizer Tim Young created this nativity scene out of snow in front of his home at 353 Freeman Road in Cloquet. While contest entries must be carved out of the snow blocks set up at Pinehurst Park, practice makes perfect. See next week's Pine Journal for tips on creating your own snow sculpture. Dan Saletel/Pine Journal

Frigid weather got you down? Snow and ice giving you cold feet? Then why not look winter in the face and try being a kid again! The Cloquet Winterfest committee is looking for snow sculptors to participate in this year's snow carving contest by sculpting fanciful figures of their choosing out of 8x8x8-foot blocks of snow, compliments of the city parks and recreation crew.

This year's contest and the Jan. 22 Winterfest event will take place in Cloquet's Pinehurst Park. The city crew has already molded six blocks of snow for carvers, and many more will be created in coming days. According to Cloquet Community Education Director Sara Liimatainen, there are already more than a dozen registrants and more are expected.

Snow sculptures can be created any time between now and the 2 p.m. judging on Saturday, Jan. 22. There is no cost to register for the contest, and anyone wishing to sign up should contact Liimatainen at Cloquet Community Education, 218-879-1261; contest organizer Tim Young at 218-879-8788; or Les Peterson of the City of Cloquet Parks and Recreation Department, 218-879-7762.

The Jan. 22 Winterfest event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., showcasing the contest entries and featuring family fun. The warming house at Pinehurst Park will be open for skating, and there will be sliding, snowshoeing, hot chocolate and cookies.

A snow art area for children through the age of second grade will be available for them to try their hand at snow sculpting.

For the adults, there will be coffee sampling by Arco, with proceeds going to the Child


"We're keeping things simple," said Liimatainen. "We hope everyone will come out and either participate by carving a snow sculpture or have fun on the day of the Winterfest event."