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Breaching whale wins amateur snow carving competition

The amateur snow-carving event this afternoon provided some stiff, but friendly, competition

Today's Art of Winter festival events were all about participation, from sledge skating to snow carving. 

This afternoon four teams participated in the amateur snow-carving competition, having three hours to turn a six-foot cylinder into a work of art. 

The competition was overseen by professional snow carver Jim Vergunst. 

Envision Tatham took first place in the competition with their entry of a breaching whale. 

Vergunst said he was impressed with the quality of every sculpture and it was hard to choose. He awarded second place to the remaining three teams. 

Collingwood Climate Action Team sculpted a globe, upside down, marked with CCAT 2030. They said it was a metaphor for the severity of climate change and the importance of doing something as a community. 

Collingwood Kinsmen Club also entered the contest with a carving of a Canadian flag and a tribute to Kin Canada's 100th anniversary. 

The final team was the Taylor family, who carved a sea monster with a winding, spiked tail. 

Art of Winter continues tomorrow with snowman carving for kids at 10 a.m. and activities continuing until 9 p.m. All activities will take place at Central Park. 

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Erika Engel

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Erika regularly covers all things news in Collingwood as a reporter and editor. She has 15 years of experience as a local journalist
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