The community snow sculpting portion of the event offered the public an opportunity to sculpt, either as a team or individually. Community teams or individuals of any age interested in creating snow sculptures of their own were given access to a limited number of designated blocks. Tools were provided for the community members.
The 2019 snow sculpting competition featured four teams including a Dubuque team that has participated in the U.S. National Snow Sculpting Competition in past years. Each team began with a six feet square by eight feet high block of manufactured snow. They began carving on Wednesday, Jan. 23, and had until noon on Saturday, Jan. 26, to complete their sculptures. The public had the opportunity to vote for their favorite sculpture for a People’s Choice Award. A State of Iowa award winner was selected by local artist juror John Anderson Bricker and advanced to the U.S. National Snow and Sculpting Competition in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.