2020 Minnesota State Snow Sculpting Contest & Barstool Ski Races Results

The results are in for the Minnesota State Snow Sculpting Contest that took place at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in the Vulcan Snow Park. 

1st place, Artists’ Choice and Vulcan’s Choice – “Vulcanstein”

Prize: $1,000 and the chance to compete in the national competition

Team Name: Royal and Supreme Order of Snow and Sand Sculptors and Shovelers

Names: Jonathan Baller (team leader),  Joshua Baller and Curtis Cook


2nd place – “Playtime at Midden Mountain”

Prize: $500

Team Name: House of Thune

Names: Kelly Thune (team leader), Lisa Imbryk, Jason Quick

3rd Place – “Spider Jail”

Prize: $250

Team Name: Snowkitects

Names: David Prom (team leader), Kyle Slivnick

People’s Choice – “The Asset”

Team Name:  Pig’s Eye Pirates

Names: Shelden Moe (team leader), Jason Moe, Kevin Wynn

1st Place Small Block Contest – “Cool Runnings”

Team Name: Playful Poignant Penguin Posse Pals

Names: David Swanson (team leader), Dan Orban and Sonja Orban

More Details About the Competition: 

Organized by the Saint Paul Vulcans, Vulcan Snow Park takes place on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds during the Saint Paul Winter Carnival from January 24 through February 2. Bring your family for winter fun and adventure!

Measuring 20 feet high and more than 300 feet long, the Giant Snow Slide will be open on both weekends of Vulcan Snow Park- weather permitting. Cost is $2 per run with proceeds going to cover the costs of the Snow Park. 

In addition to the family fun, some serious artistry took place during the Minnesota State Snow Sculpting Competition. The competition began at 8 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 24 and continued until  12 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26. Awards were presented at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26.

For the competition, several three-member teams transformed 8′ x 8′ x 8′ blocks of snow into wintry masterpieces using only hand tools. The winning team received $1,000, a trophy, and the opportunity to represent Minnesota at the National Snow Sculpting Competition at Lake Geneva, Wisc.

On Saturday, Jan. 25, teams of up to three people competed in the Small Block Snow Sculpting Competition. Each team will have just eight hours to carve out their creation on a ready-made block of snow (4′ x 4′ x 6′). The team awarded 1st Place received the opportunity to enter the following year’s Minnesota State Snow Sculpting Competition for free.

Vulcan Fun Day was Sunday, Jan. 26. Bring the whole family to see the artists put the finishing touches on their snow sculptures, vote for your favorite creation, hop aboard a Vulcan fire truck, take part in the kids’ snow treasure hunt and slip down the giant slide. Plus, there will be two Polar Plunges – one in the daytime and one at night – to benefit Special Olympics Minnesota.

For details, visit mnsnowpark.com


Results of the 2020 Barstool Ski Races!

Regular Division, 1st place
Capt/Rider: Donovan McCain
Pusher: Peter McGarraugh
Mechanic: Dana McCain

Regular Division, 2nd Place
Capt/Mechanic: Chuck Arvin
Pusher: Jeff Boehme
Rider: Bob Sulivan

Regular Division, 3rd Place
Capt/Rider: Brent Karpinske
Pusher: Troy Karpinske

Best in Show
Brent Karpinske
Troy Karpinske

Open Class, 1st Place
Capt/Mechanic: Thomas Oschwald
Pusher: David Bruggeman
Rider: Robert Hockert

Powder Puff Division, 1st Place
Capt/Pusher: Tawnee Herold

Rider: Kaitlyn Asseln