Vulcans rescue Winter Carnival snow sculpting event

5:37 AM, Jan 16, 2008   |    comments
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The Snow Sculpting Competition at the St. Paul Winter Carnival is back on. Carnival officials had canceled the competition last week, citing a lack of money. But the Vulcans came to the rescue. They're pitching in about $10,000. Carnival officials say they'll also save $15,000 to $20,000 by moving the competition to the State Fairgrounds, where there's plenty of free snow, and doing without snowmaking machines. About 70 former Vulcans will donate their muscle and equipment beginning Sunday to scoop the snow and stuff it into large wooden molds. A spokesman says they expect to scrape up 10,000 square feet of clean snow, enough to produce 15 to 17 blocks measuring 8 feet on a side.

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