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Sculpting Snowy Memories

NORTH CREEK It did not take long for the mantra to pass through the crowd at the North Creek Ski Bowl Park last Saturday. Its easy, said one Scout Troop Leader to an assembled team of shovel-wielding kids. All you need to do is find the sculpture inside the pile of snow. Its in there, you just have to let it out. With those words of inspiration, North Creek area Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, and community volunteers challenged the wind and monstrous piles of snow, to launch the first official Ski Bowl Park Snow Sculpture event. Armed with everything from buckets, snow shovels, automobile snowbrushes, and garden trowels, kids and adults struggled to find their muse, hoping to create a masterpiece. Passers-by gazed in awe, as a coiled green snake emerged from its snowy lair, ready to strike anyone who ventured too close. Next door, a painted turtle poked its head from a frosty shell, curious of the commotion. A killer whale jumped defiantly from the frigid depths, its huge tail sending kids scurrying from the splash zone. Finally, at the quiet edge of the action, a baby dragon burst from its shell, only to be greeted by a stark white world. Sponsored by the Johnsburg Youth Commission, they hope to open next years sculpting to an even larger group, Next year were hoping that different groups will get involved, said Ski Bowl Park Committee member, Andrea McKee. Weve also had some interest from different families who would like to do a sculpture next year, and I think thats very exciting. We might even have the opportunity for a little friendly competition between them. With the activities supported by an occupancy tax grant, event planners have already started forming next years plans, including a workshop for kids presented by Kent Gregson, a local snow sculptor. Gregson, and partner Chris Barker, were also on-hand for the day, creating their magnificent Gondola With the Wind display. We couldnt have asked for a better event, commented McKee. And the excitement on behalf of the Youth Commission and the kids, was wonderful.

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