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The snow sculpting contest began during the 1935 Winter Carnival. Initially, the contests were run between the fraternities on the men’s campus and the sororities on the women’s campus, but this ended in 1943. After the change, the contest was held between dormitories.

 

 

Faculty members would judge the sculptures based on originality and creativity, and the winner would be announced during the Carnival Ball. Starting in 1948, contestants were permitted to use up to fifteen dollars worth of supports so that the sculptures could be built to even greater heights.

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