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Snow sculpting teams gather in Wisconsin for national event

Associated Press logo Associated Press 2/2/2017
In this Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, photo, snow sculptor Gina Diliberti works on her team's piece for the the U.S. National Snow Sculpting Championship in Lake Geneva, Wis. Sculpting began Wednesday with judging set for Saturday morning along Geneva Lake. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger) © The Associated Press In this Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, photo, snow sculptor Gina Diliberti works on her team's piece for the the U.S. National Snow Sculpting Championship in Lake Geneva, Wis. Sculpting began Wednesday with judging set for Saturday morning along Geneva Lake. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)

LAKE GENEVA, Wis. (AP) — Fifteen teams of snow sculptors from 13 states have gathered in Wisconsin for the U.S. National Snow Sculpting Championship.

In this Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, photo, snow sculptor Jack Gerard works on his team's piece "Risen" for the the U.S. National Snow Sculpting Championship in Lake Geneva, Wis. A clay version can be seen in the forefront. Sculpting began Wednesday with judging set for Saturday morning along Geneva Lake. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger) © The Associated Press In this Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, photo, snow sculptor Jack Gerard works on his team's piece "Risen" for the the U.S. National Snow Sculpting Championship in Lake Geneva, Wis. A clay version can be seen in the forefront. Sculpting began Wednesday with judging set for Saturday morning along Geneva Lake. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)

The event began Wednesday in Lake Geneva, with judging set for Saturday morning.

In this Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017 photo, snow sculptors Dave Andrews, left and Steve Bateman work on their piece for the the U.S. National Snow Sculpting Championship in Lake Geneva, Wis. Sculpting began Wednesday with judging set for Saturday morning along Geneva Lake. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger) © The Associated Press In this Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017 photo, snow sculptors Dave Andrews, left and Steve Bateman work on their piece for the the U.S. National Snow Sculpting Championship in Lake Geneva, Wis. Sculpting began Wednesday with judging set for Saturday morning along Geneva Lake. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)

The team that won last year for "Door Master" has disbanded, but all its members are taking part again this year on other teams. One of them, David Andrews, has been on nine teams that have taken first place.

In this Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, photo, snow sculptor Lyden Bute works on his team's piece for the the U.S. National Snow Sculpting Championship in Lake Geneva, Wis. Sculpting began Wednesday with judging set for Saturday morning along Geneva Lake. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger) © The Associated Press In this Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, photo, snow sculptor Lyden Bute works on his team's piece for the the U.S. National Snow Sculpting Championship in Lake Geneva, Wis. Sculpting began Wednesday with judging set for Saturday morning along Geneva Lake. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)

The teams receive a cylinder block of snow eight feet in diameter and nine feet high. They can use only saws, axes, files, scaffolding, shovels and other homemade implements.

In this Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, photo, snow sculptor Dave Andrews saws through snow for his team's piece for the the U.S. National Snow Sculpting Championship in Lake Geneva, Wis. Sculpting began Wednesday with judging set for Saturday morning along Geneva Lake. Andrews has been part of teams that have taken first place nine times. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger) © The Associated Press In this Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, photo, snow sculptor Dave Andrews saws through snow for his team's piece for the the U.S. National Snow Sculpting Championship in Lake Geneva, Wis. Sculpting began Wednesday with judging set for Saturday morning along Geneva Lake. Andrews has been part of teams that have taken first place nine times. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)

They will be judged on creativity, technique and message. The winner gets a trophy and an invite to an international snow sculpting competition.

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