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Shadow Men take third in snow sculpture competition

Jared Trost, left, Tim Trost and Jim Krueger pose for a photo with the snow sculpture they carved at the Winter Carnival snow sculpting competition. Submitted photo1 / 2
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The Shadow Men took third place, Artists' Choice and People's Choice in the Winter Carnival snow sculpture competition this year. The Shadowmen is a snow sculpture team made up of Jared Trost, of Hastings; Tim Trost, of Goodhue; and Jim Krueger, of Oak Grove.

Jared and his team competed with a total of 18 teams in the competition and created their sculpture called "Eggloo."

The competition, held at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, opened with a 45-degree day with wind. The following day had sun with a temperature in the low 30s and the last day of the competition was a little colder with gray skies.

The Shadow Men's chicken design was the second design the team had in mind. They originally had some football designs in mind, but that particular design was contingent on the Minnesota Vikings beating the Philadelphia Eagles.

"We all know how that turned out," Jared said.

Instead, someone suggested chickens and the idea stuck.

"Tim is our team captain and has an incredible sense for designs that will look really good in snow. He could picture the egg in snow," Jared said.

The team made the thin egg shell with a curry comb. Large blocks were removed from the sculpture with a few custom saws made by a machine shop in Wanamingo. A crosscut saw made straight cuts and tile scrapers were used for shaping snow. Finally, keyhole saws helped the team sketch outlines on the snow block.

Jared said the team had many pictures guiding the design of the chicken itself. However, he said it is incredible how different chickens can be. Each picture was a little different, making it a challenge to create a 3D chicken based on various images.

As the chicken progressed, Jared said he would hear passersby trying to figure out what they were creating. Before some of the key details were added they heard everything from it being a turkey or a penguin to a duck. Once they added the detail, he said people always saw a chicken.

"We knew we were hitting the mark when that happened," Jared said.

Michelle Wirth

Michelle Wirth graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2013 with a degree in journalism and web design. She worked as a web content editor for a trade association before coming to the Hastings Star Gazette in 2016.

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