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Manmade snow makes Hancock fest mighty cool event

February 11, 2007|by TARA REILLY

HANCOCK - A group of five shaped a mound of snow, then began spraying on several different colors.

The result? A bright rainbow.

Nearby, members of a Brownie troop carved out an American flag using cookie cutters to make the stars.

The entries in the snow sculpting contest were part of the Hancock Winter Festival held Saturday at Widmeyer Park.

The event, in its sixth year, was sponsored by the Hancock Arts Council.

Musician Michael Kligerman, a member of the council, said there were about 10 entries in the contest.

The council used a snow maker "several days and several nights" to create enough snow for the event, Kligerman said.

Hancock Town Councilman Sinclair Hamilton, also of the arts council, completed the task a couple of hours before the festival, he said.

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"I think everybody is having a good time," Kligerman said.

Activities included ice carving, a hat parade, a cakewalk, a silent auction and a tug of war.

Proceeds will go toward the council's operating expenses, Kligerman said.

Tammy Fox, leader of Brownie Troop 613, said three girls - Emily Fox, Deanna Golden and Paige Weller - helped make the American flag .

"I just thought it would be good for our girls to come out and do something in the community," Fox said. "Other than the cold, we think it's working out well. The snow is packing nice."

Last year, troop members made a Girl Scout cookie with the Brownie troop's number in the middle.

Hayley Perkins and Shelva Mason helped their children, Shawna and Kalea Mason, 7 and 4, and Dusti Perkins, 6, sculpt the rainbow.

"The kids came up with (the idea), now they've disappeared, and we're here finishing the rainbow," Hayley Perkins joked.

Perkins said they attend the festival every year, but it's the first time they entered the snow sculpting contest.

"Oh, I like it," she said. "It gives you something to do - get out of the house."

Not far away, Terry Morse chiseled away at a block of ice. He had planned on making a seashell. Later, visitors would lend assistance, he said.

Morse said he has helped at the event for three years, and joked that he doesn't have much experience.

"I've done exactly three pieces in my life," he said. "This is just for fun."

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