Deadline to register for the Maine State Snow Sculpting Competition, the only nationally-sanctioned event in the state, is Monday, Jan. 25. The snow sculpting competition is a highlight of the Camden’s annual nine-day Winterfest celebration, which culminates in the U.S. National Toboggan Championships.

The snow sculpting event is held Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 30 and 31. Participants are urged to sign up for the weekend of sculpting — either for the chance to win the local People’s Choice Award, or for the chance to go to the Nationals in Wisconsin in 2017.

Teams of sculptors will use tools and their best creativity to sculpt 8-foot snow blocks into artistic forms of whimsy through the weekend. Snow sculptures will be judged at noon Sunday, Jan. 31, and will remain in place at the town’s Village Green through Camden’s weeklong Winterfest, through Feb. 7.

Winners of this year's competition will represent the State of Maine in the 2017 U.S. National Snow Sculpting Championship Competition in Lake Geneva, Wis. All expenses for the trip are courtesy of the event.

“It’s such an honor to compete for Maine on the national stage,” said 2015 state winner Amanda Bolduc. “It’s amazing to see the reactions of spectators, and the creations of all the competitors are spectacular.”

Bolduc and her team leave for the 2016 U.S. National Snow Sculpting Competition on Feb. 2.

For more information about registering and/or competing, send email to karen@camdenmaine.gov. The registration form may be found on the Maine State Snow Sculpting Championships’ Facebook page. A full schedule of festival events can be found at camdenwinterfest.com.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.