Who's thinking about snow in a heat wave? Stillwater. City bags international snow-sculpture competition in 2022

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Jun. 10—It seems crazy to think about snow during one of the hottest stretches in June in Minnesota, but Stillwater officials announced Thursday that the city will host next year's World Snow Sculpting Championship.

The event will be held Jan. 19-23 in Lowell Park.

Teams from around the world will come to town to compete for prize money and the title of "World Champions," said Robin Anthony, executive director of the Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce.

Sculptors will have 72 hours to carve their sculptures out of snow. Spectators can watch the entire process, visit with the teams and vote for their favorite sculpture; the team with the most votes will win "The People's Choice Award."

The event, sanctioned by Finland-based Association Internationale de Sculpture sur Neige et Glase, is expected to bring "tens of thousands" of people to Stillwater, Anthony said.

The 2020 event in Lake Geneva, Wis., brought in more than 60,000 visitors and had a $3.1 million economic impact, Anthony said.

Stillwater officials hope the event will have a similar impact in Stillwater, Anthony said, adding that they hope to make it an annual event.

For more information, contact info@greaterstillwaterchamber.com or 651-439-4001.