River Ranch to host 23rd Annual Snow Sculpture Contest | SierraSun.com

River Ranch to host 23rd Annual Snow Sculpture Contest

Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.com

TAHOE CITY, Calif. andamp;#8212; Local teams will create the most inventive snow sculptures at River Ranchandamp;#8217;s Annual Snow Sculpture event Sunday, March 13. The Snow Sculpture contest has been the closing party and grand finale for the North Tahoe Snow Festival for the last 23 years. The festivities include live music, bars and barbecue on the patio and a raffle. Teams of three representing local restaurants and businesses spend hours creating frozen masterpieces including Jakeandamp;#8217;s on the Lake, Gar Woods Grill andamp; Pier, Sunnyside, Squaw Spa Girls, Northstar, River Grill and El Toro Bravo among others, who have joined efforts in past years to build sculptures. There are some politically driven snow sculptures such as a andamp;#8220;Politically Correctandamp;#8221; sculpture with an Arnold Schwarzenegger figure representing unfulfilled promises and IOUandamp;#8217;s, and some creations based on current events such as andamp;#8220;Hudson on the Riverandamp;#8221; complete with Captain Sully and flight attendants serving drinks. There are also more local themes includes bears in dumpster, a snow sculpture of the Highway 89 roundabout andamp;#8220;Accident Waiting to Happen, and a vision of the future Martis Valley expansion. andamp;#8220;Itandamp;#8217;s fun to see the different themes throughout the years at this event and the impact current events have on the snow sculptures created,andamp;#8221; said Bric Haley, River Ranch Lodge general manager.Last yearandamp;#8217;s snow sculpture winner was andamp;#8220;Alice in Wonderlandandamp;#8221; by Squaw Spa girls led by Vicky Wong who have participated for more than seven years.Travis Callaghanandamp;#8217;s started more than 15 years ago at the age 5 when his dad, Patrick Callaghan, then bartender at the River Ranch, participated and showed Travis the art of snow sculpting. Travis decided to branch out on his own at age 12 with his first snow sculpture creation of a Coca Cola bottle. His sculptures have blossomed while perfecting his skills including a Bear Gang, a Downhill Luge and Congestion of Planet Earth. andamp;#8220;Winning first place for our creation of Homer Simpson, was pretty cool,andamp;#8221; said Travis. andamp;#8220;Usually the narrowing down the idea and theme is harder and actually more important than the sculpture itself.andamp;#8221;This year Travis will represent Northstar-at-Tahoe, where he works as a graveyard groomer supervisor.The event kicks-off at noon on the riverside patio, where spectators may enjoy live music of the Deckheads, cold beer and barbecued hamburgers, chicken sandwiches, spicy hot links and hot dogs for the kids.Judging takes place at 3 p.m. with celebrity judges including veteran judge Bill Jensen of the Squaw Valley Times, Amy Edgett of the Sierra Sun and Kym Fabel of the North Tahoe Resort Association, who add to the flavor of the event with their costumes and crazy shenanigans. Ski gear, bottles of wine, ski lift tickets, gift certificates to local restaurants, are just a few of the items to be raffled off at 4 p.m. The grand prizes will include a snowboard and a pair of skis! All proceeds from the raffle go to Disabled Sports USA-Far West, with $700 raised last year.River Ranch is located on Highway 89 at Alpine Meadows Road in between Tahoe City and Squaw Valley. Call 530-583-4264 for more information.andamp;#8212; Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.com

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