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Thank you for the good news that Snowtown USA would like to return to Watertown.

But please, let’s use the right terms. It had been the joke that the tradition of the Watertown Daily Times in the last century was to assign the greenest of rookies from the deep South to write about Snowtown and thus initiate them to north country winters and a whole new vocabulary.

We have never conducted a “snowman building competition” at Snowtown USA nor an ice-sculpting competition, but New York State Snow Sculpting Competitions in 1986 through 1989, and 1995-1996, and one year even the National in 1995.

Snow can be turned by children and adults easily into sculptures with simple tools from other activities and trades. From my book, “Worldwide Winter Sculpture,” snow sculpting tools are dirt-cheap, second-hand and were all used earlier by other trades: gardening hoes and spades, barbed wire, lumberjack cross-cut saws, pruning saws, sidewalk ice choppers, axes, wood chisels, mason trowels, tin cans, ice fishing augers, milk crates and trashed plastic buckets.

Klaus Ebeling

Adams Center

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