By MICHELLE COOK
Contests, activities and prizes await participants Saturday at Park City’s 25th annual Coca-Cola Snow Sculpture Contest and Winterfest.
The event will be at Park City Municipal Park. The Snow Sculpture Contest begins at 8 a.m., with judging at 2:30 p.m. The Winterfest is scheduled from noon to 4 p.m.
“We are a ski resort, so it’s probably appropriate that we have some sort of event like this,” said Nikki Lowry, special events manager for the Park City Chamber/Bureau.
A press release from the Park City Chamber/Bureau said the event “promises to offer much more than spectacular frozen works of art when contestants transform City Park into a winter wonderland.”
The Snow Sculpture Contest includes three categories: family, corporate and non-profit, and schools and school groups. Awards will be given to the top three entrants in each category.
“The only rules are really that we’re not allowing any sort of electrical or power tools,” Lowry said.
Participants can use tools such as shovels to create their masterpieces.
Lowry said the judging is based on originality, creativity and an overall nicely done piece.
“Last year there was this fabulous one done by an architecture firm that was a miner car and a miner,” Lowry said.
Lowry said that a statue of Neptune and a model of Boot Hill have also been among past entries.
Judges for the contest include local dignitaries and artists, an art teacher and a newspaper editor.
The Winterfest is a new addition this year. In past year the event consisted primarily of the snow sculpture contest and was in an out-of-the-way location, Lowry said. This year, people will be able to find the event easier in its more central location, she said.
Activities scheduled for the Winterfest include dog sled rides, snow cave building, snowshoeing, saucer races, cross country demonstrations, avalanche safety clinics and live entertainment. Prize drawings will also be throughout the day.
Members of the U.S. bobsled and luge teams will offer tips on their respective sports. The Salt Lake Grizzlies’ mascot, Grisby, will also be there.
“It’s always fun to see people turn mounds of snow into amazing things,” Lowry said. “We want it to be a family event, and we think it will be fun for people to slap on snowshoes and try running around.”
Donna Lifsey, director of marketing and promotions for Jacor Communications, said the company has been sponsoring the event for many years. Jacor Communications owns KKAT 102 FM, Hot 94.9 FM and Oldies 94.1 FM. Each station will be represented at the event.
Lifesey said it is quiet during the morning hours of the event, when people are there to build the sculptures. Later on in the day more people start coming to check out the sculptures, to win prizes and to have warm food.
Activities are free, except for the food items.
Those wishing to enter the Snow Sculpture Contest must preregister by Wednesday. Entry forms are available at all Albertson’s stores.
The snow sculptures will remain on display through Sunday at Park City Municipal Park.
For more information, call the Park City Chamber/Bureau at 1-800-453-1360.