“County 10″ was Peoples Choice Award winner at WWWC Ice Sculpting Contest; Vandals smashed it Saturday night

The People's Choice Award and winner of the Intermediate Division of the WWWC Ice Sculpting contest "County 10" was destroyed by vandals Saturday night. (Ernie Over photo)

The People’s Choice Award and winner of the Intermediate Division of the WWWC Ice Sculpting contest “County 10″ was destroyed by vandals Saturday night along with five other sculptures. (Ernie Over photo)

(Riverton, Wyo.) – The Wild West Winter Carnival Ice Sculpting contest drew many onlookers and visitors Saturday afternoon in Riverton. It was a good thing, too. Five of the sculptures, including the first place Intermediate Division sculpture and overall People’s Choice winner, an ice sculpture titled “County 10″ featuring the Wyoming bucking bronc logo, was destroyed by vandals Saturday night.

Winners of the three divisions were:

Amateur

1st – Winter Fun by Jimmy Luster, Shela Balder, and Larry Luster

2nd – Almost Bronco by Michael Ridge Bear

3rd – Wyoming Economy by Cary and Deb Fike and Burt Daffran

Intermediate

1st – County 10 by Rob Heller and Russ Koble

2nd – Self Made Man by Kami Jordon and Eric Fabrizius

3rd – The Rose by Scotty Lyie and Gordon

Professional

1st – Joe Stallion by Kris Archer

2nd – Iggy  by Randy Archer

3rd – Unicorn by Shaw Watts

17 Comments

  1. Herb Wilcox

    I beleive the Unicorn was completed by Shannon Watts…

  2. John Birbari

    Ice sculptures were doubtless destroyed by idiots mixing adult beverages with a long history of juvenile video games and infantile behavior. Nice contribution, morons.

  3. Dennis Patterson

    That's pretty cool, but I can write my name in the snow with no hands.

  4. Sarah Kalbach

    The increasing population of intoxicated vagrants are making Riverton look awful and feel unsafe. It’s not just the vandalism, it’s the panhandling, and it’s the harassment by the individuals and the sense of unease simply walking down Main in the evening. It seems to have been getting worse in the past 6 months with larger numbers of vagrants making the rounds every day: First they sober up enough to be released from Detox. (Fremont County Alcohol Crisis Center) Then they head down the walking trail taking care of bodily functions on the trail or near the trail, harassing any walker/jogger that happens to be using the trail. After that they’re off to the convenience stores and local food pantries for sustenance in the afternoon. Soon you see those folks headed en masse to bars & liquor stores where they are sold to & served into oblivion. The evenings are spent hanging out on Main Street or in the alleys until they get taken by PD to the free food & warm bed back at Detox. The ‘system’ is NOT working.

  5. Skip Gilleland

    it was amazing no one saw this happening driving by , as they were intack around 8 pm & nighbor said they were destroyed by 9 pm.

  6. Georgia Woolett-Roy

    This is so sad, alcohol just makes idiots out of seemingly normal people, vandalism is so rampant and to destroy someone's hard work is awful…sober up people and be responsible for your actions, you are suppose to be nice loving small communities, act like it. I always thought if you were caught vandalizing the best punishment would to go though the vandals home and destroy all their stuff, maybe they'd think twice, if they care at all.

  7. Georgia Woolett-Roy

    This is so sad, alcohol just makes idiots out of seemingly normal people, vandalism is so rampant and to destroy someone's hard work is awful…sober up people and be responsible for your actions, you are suppose to be nice loving small communities, act like it. I always thought if you were caught vandalizing the best punishment would to go though the vandals home and destroy all their stuff, maybe they'd think twice, if they care at all.

  8. Lori Bench

    I worked on my amateur sculpture next to them. My friend and I worked hard on our piece, although we didn't finish in the allotted time, I was proud to have done my first ice sculpture. I was quite saddened when on Sunday morning, I took my family to go see it and it was smashed! Whether the persons who violated my piece was intoxicated or just out "having fun," I find it a complete lack of respect to obliterate someone creation. "Just because you can" doesn't cut it.

  9. Mary D Haper

    And no one saw who did the damage? Unbelievable. Creating art is hard work and the participants spent a lot of time making the community better.

  10. Janice Wheeler Hogan

    It is beautiful. Crazy people to do something like that.

  11. Kara Thummel Allen

    here, if someone is caught peeing in public they're arrested and put on the sex offender list (you know, cause they exposed themselves in public) it's a bit excessive, but sounds like maybe would be a good move in your area!

  12. Lori Gordon

    The third place winner in the Intermediate class was, Scotty and Lyric Gordon!

  13. Willy Cunningham

    Sad to only see bits of ice sculpture on the road today on my visit to your city.

  14. Tom Johnson

    The ice sculpture event has been going on for quite a number of years, and every year that I have gone to see them the next day there are many that are smashed. Always a bummer. Kudo's to all who participated, wished I could have seen them this year.

  15. Kris Skinner

    I would say, that you sir are the moron for blaming video games for the destruction of this artwork. But if you feel so strongly about the sculptures you could grab a chair and accompany them all night. I'm surprised you didn't blame assault weapons.

  16. Sarah Kalbach

    We shouldn't have to guard art work in our own community. Young people (and old) should have enough respect not to destroy another persons property. And yes, I agree with John, video gaming–violent & juvenile–plays a part in the disrespect shown by our youth towards the community & the elders.

  17. Skip Gilleland

    I wonder if any of the merchants on the same side of the street or across the street used video surveillance cameras & had them on in their business which might show the culprits.

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