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Sculptors battling warm temperatures

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Snow and ice sculptors are getting their blocks of snow ready for the 25th annual Zehnders Snowfest.

“Curious with the 25th anniversary celebration what surprises they have for us,” said Charlie Schrier, a sculptor from Ohio.

But one thing not on the schedule this year: sub-zero temperatures.

This year's Snowfest is warmer than in years past, and while visitors may like that, the artists know their designs may have to change.

“Sometimes you re-adjust completely, and sometimes you can manage to patch things together,” Schrier said.

Schrier and his team are planning to create a bear in a cage with their double-blocks.

But in the event of more rain, like Monday night, he said that design may not hold up.

“That's the goal. It may come an armless, or harmless bear if the arms fall off,” Schrier said.  

Ontario sculptor Dennis Bolohan said, “I imagine the blocks have reduced maybe four to six inches in size.”

On another team, Bolohan said the rain has made the snow more difficult to work with

“And it just means detail, you lose a lot of detail because the snow is so soft. You can't create a nice line in the snow and that takes away from it,” Bolohan said.

His team is creating two football players. He said now, they will need to be built bigger to withstand the wind, and possibly more rain.

“Instead of having them more human, they'll have to become more human-noid. More cartoon,” Bolohan said.

But will the weather adjustments be too much for a great year at Snowfest? Not for Schrier and his team.

“Just kind of forge ahead, go for it, and adjust if you need to. So we'll see what turns out at the end of the week,” Schrier said.

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