Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, Quebec was the 20th year for the scene of a beautiful Winter Festival! Presented by Loto-Québec, the snow sculpture event attracted thousands of visitors celebrating winter and the talent of the artists.
Despite severe cold that were part of the Three Berets Park has "swarmed with people" all weekend!
After the festivities, the verdict of the judges, the public and the sculptors themselves was unveiled at the event closing ceremony late Sunday afternoon. The international component is the Pixel team representing Canada (Ross Baisas Antonio Baisas and Sebastien Therrien sculptors) who won the honors of being both the favorite work of the jury and the public. At the provincial component, La Forge team Beauce (Eric Blais, Samuel Rodrigue and Ayla Beaudry) received endorsements from the public and sculptors. The jury meanwhile offered his statement to the Quebec team 2 (Warren Chabot, Jean-Pierre Dupont and Julie Guérin) for the Betta splendens fighter. The teams succession have also performed very beautiful works. The jury returned its mention in a crazy ounce piece made by young high school Barthélemy Joliette (Lidya Boutin-Boisvert, Sébastien Laurin and Marie-Janik Pagé-Villeneuve). The team of high school-Jacques Rousseau in Longueuil (Angélique St-Pierre Bonin Audrey-Ann and Kevin Carson) has in turn won the endorsements of the public and sculptors with the passion of former loves. Note that the jury this year comprised of Sophie Lambert, Gabriel Bigaouette and Clement Pelletier, chaired by Nicole Duval-Deschênes.
On the occasion of the closing ceremony Mayor Jean-Pierre Dubé appointed Jean-Pierre Rougeaux honorary citizen of Saint-Jean-Port-Joli. Mr. Rougeaux, Mayor of Valloire in France, is the origin of the twinning of the annual snow sculpture events in Saint-Jean-Port-Joli and Valloire in Savoy. That friendship between the two communities was created the Val-Joli Association, which recently born during his Port-jolien the Val-Joli Quebec Association. The status of honorary citizen salutes Jean-Pierre Rougeau in the radiation Saint-Jean-Port-Joli abroad.
The organizers of the Winter Festival warmly thank all the participants sculptors, volunteers and festival goers who are given appointments to make this 20th edition of the snow sculpture event a great success. The organizing committee wishes to thank Tourisme Québec, Desjardins, the Municipality of Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, Quebec as well as all local partners who, through their support, contributing to the success year after year, this winter cultural event . And join us for the next edition of the Winter Festival to be held from February 11 to 14, 2016!