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Snowtown USA wraps up; snow sculpting winner named

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The Watertown Fairgrounds was the place to be on Saturday as families experienced a day of play for Snowtown USA.

“This is our second weekend and today is Kid’s Day. We have various displays and demonstrations, ice skating, and face painting,” David Daily, director of Snowtown USA, said.

Outside, a “touch-a-truck” activity allowed kids to experience an ice surfacing machine, also known as a Zamboni, a fire truck and public works vehicles. Representatives from the New York State Police and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office were on hand with a K-9 police dog demonstration. WPBS had a bowling activity. Hot stew was available for attendees to warm up while enjoying the outdoor activities. Inside the arena, where the ice skating took place, face painting was offered and the concession stand was open.

Several artists entered the snow sculpting competition, which was in full swing near the Kid’s Day activities on Saturday. Snowtown USA was the designation for state artists for the snow sculpting competition this year.

“The teams submit their artwork pre-competition so we can see it and review the description and they build a 3-D mold before creating their snow sculpture,” Jaime Benner-Clemons, board member of Snowtown USA, said. “The rules and regulations are very specific. Judging is also very specific with certain criteria. Part of the scoring is how close the sculpture is to the original idea.”

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Snowtown festivities continue

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When Snowtown first got its start in the 1980s, a snow sculpting competition was one of the main attractions — and it will be again this year.

For the first time in years, the festival’s snow sculpting competition will be a sanctioned event with the winner going to the United States National Snow Sculpting Championship next year in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

“That’s a big deal,” said David J. Daily, executive director.

Eight teams — all of which competed last year — will come up with creations formed from blocks of snow. The competition starts Thursday at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds, with the winner announced on Feb. 4.

Upcoming events include open skating and a Children’s Fun Day.

Kids Day is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Watertown Municipal Fairgrounds and will feature a Touch-a-Truck event with fire trucks and police cars. State troopers, the Jefferson County Sheriff and K9, the Fire Department, and more with have their vehicles on display.

WPBS will offer a snow painting activity for young artists.

The event is free, but donations to Snowtown are welcome.

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Snowtown USA celebration canceled due to COVID-19

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WATERTOWN — The Snowtown USA Committee announced Wednesday that its annual celebration of winter has been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns.

The committee said in a statement that the decision was made “out of an abundance of caution, particularly in response to the increasing rates of viral transmission.”

“While cancellation of our 2022 event is disappointing, we feel it is necessary to do our part to keep our community safe,” the committee said.

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