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Sculptures at Zehnder's Snowfest threatened by January thaw

Students work on their snow sculptures at the Zehnder's Snowfest high school competition.

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. - Students from Owosso high school were hard at work on their snow sculptures at Zehnder’s snow fest on Thursday.

One sculpture designed by Owosso High School students is a computer mouse that turns into a real mouse.

But warm weather threatens to cause melting before judges see the finished product on Friday night.

"Very worried about it, that's why we're starting from the top and carving down so we're adding all the detail on the top first, so that way we're not putting any weight or pressure on the top later on when it's warm out so it's not going to break off or anything like that

This is Owosso High School student Arthur Lavigne's second year carving a snow sculpture.

His team made a modification to their design because of the warm-up.

"We had to make the legs a little thicker just in case they melted and got smaller and it ended up snapping because it has to hold a lot of weight," explained Lavigne.

"You have to think about how much it's going to melt and how your sculpture ties into that and if it's going to break," said Freeland High School student Julia Daniels, who was also working on a snow sculpture.

Students at Freeland High School had a more abstract concept for their sculpture.

But they also made a design with a warm-up in mind.

"We kind've made it for that specific reason because we didn't want it to be too warm and for it to melt before the judges got here,” said Daniels.

Several students we spoke with said it doesn't matter if their sculpture wins.

They said the real fun happens while they're putting it together.

"It doesn't really matter whether you win or lose, it's just so much fun to be out here with all of my friends,” said Lucas Pobanz, a student at John Glenn high school.

"It's very fun, it's very good, a close knit community, everybody comes back and it's always the same people around and everything," described Pobanz.

The high school students will finish their sculptures tomorrow, and judging for the high school competition happens tomorrow night.

Judging for the high school snow sculpture competition happens at 5 pm on Friday.

It's going to be a warm end to the week and that could have an impact on those snow sculptures.


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