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Winners announced for annual snow sculpture competition

Arist Jay Ray took first place for his sculpture "Flo."

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"Flo", a piece created by North Dakota artist Jay Ray, took first place at the annual snow sculpture competition.
Mike McGurran

The annual ice sculpture competition in Moorhead saw multiple massive sculptures towering over park-dwellers as they patrolled Viking Ship Park

One sculpture stood nearly 14 foot, and was inspired by Hot Rod from Transformers.

"We wanted to have something pretty lighthearted and fun, something we drew from our childhood," explained Fargo artist Mike Nelson, who created the sculpture with his friend Joshua Zeis.

Glyndon based artist Scott Petry was adding a few finishing touches to his sculpture at the park. He took inspiration from the NDSU Bison.

"I guess I'm a bit of a rocker too," Petry said. "So it kind of fits in there too. And I've heard several people walk by and they stand and say rock on and their pictures."

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He says it took about 6 hours in total to come up with this, and he tried to make it as detailed as possible, even sculpting fingernails for the hand.

Winners were announced later in the afternoon. Nelson and Zeis took second for their Hot Rod inspired piece, while first went to Jay Ray for his piece, "FLO". Ray also took the people's choice award, voted on by the public.

"Jay Ray, he cleaned house today," Nelson said graciously. "He's the third member on our team going down to Lake Geneva. So a win for him is a win for us."

Mike, Josh, and Jay are heading to Wisconsin next week for the national snow sculpture competition. They went home with a bronze medal last year.

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