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Sign Up for Amateur Snow Sculpture Challenge at JCC Jan. 29

Make the most of the North Country winter! Gather your friends and family and form a team to compete in the Jefferson Community College (JCC) Snow Sculpture Challenge on Saturday, January 29, 2011 on JCC’s campus in Watertown. The snow sculpture challenge is open to the public. There is no entry fee.

Teams, comprised of a maximum of ten members, can compete in either the JCC student category or community category. The carving area is approximately 20×20 feet and sculptors have from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to complete their designs. Sculpting tools and equipment must be provided by each team. Cash prizes totaling $1,000 will be awarded to first, second, and third place winners in each of the two categories. Winners will be announced at 4:45 p.m. immediately following the contest.

Entry forms with contest rules and guidelines (PDF) are available at the JCC Student Activities Center, Room 4-100, McVean Center.

Registrations must be received by the JCC Student Activities Center no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 27. A basic design sketch or photo must be submitted for approval prior to the start of the challenge on Saturday morning. Sculpting space is limited, so teams are encouraged to register early!For more information, call the JCC Student Activities Center at 315-786-2431 or email

The snow sculpture challenge is part of a day-long Winter Festival held in celebration of the College’s 50th Anniversary. Amateur snow sculptors will draw inspiration from world-class snow sculptor and JCC professor emeritus Klaus Ebeling, who will complete his snow carving of Jefferson’s first president, James E. McVean, during Winter Festival. Other family-friendly Winter Festival activities include crafts for children, family zumba, ice skating, sledding, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing lessons followed by a trek on campus trails, family-friendly movies in the Sturtz Theater, and broomball and snow softball tournaments. Additionally, both the JCC’s men’s and women’s basketball teams will take on Broome Community College in the McVean gym.

The snow sculpture challenge is sponsored by JCC student activities.

SUNY Jefferson: Celebrating 50 Years of Learning ~ Changing Lives

Established on November 7, 1961, Jefferson Community College was the area’s first institution of higher education.Supervised by the State University of New York (SUNY), Jefferson offers 30+ associate degrees and certificates for career preparation or transfer; local access to bachelor’s and advanced degrees through partner institutions; lifelong learning through workshops and seminars; business and industry training; and cultural enrichment opportunities for the entire Watertown/Fort Drum region. Jefferson is accredited by the Middle States Association and currently serves approximately 3,800 students from Jefferson, Lewis, Oswego, and St. Lawrence counties, including a significant number of service members and their families. Visit for more information about 50th anniversary events taking place from January through November of 2011.