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Snow sculpting has already begun for 2013 Zehnder's Snowfest

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(01/22/13) - About 150,000 people are expected in Frankenmuth over the next six days to see the annual Zehnder's Snow Fest. Not only is it a boost to the local economy, but it's attracting an international following.

With temperatures in the single digits, snow sculptors were staying warm by vigorously working on their entries.

"It's Tarzan fighting a giant crocodile. We always like to do something with action, something that moves. Something that gets people involved," said Alphonso Foster of Flint.

A team from Ohio also has some fantastic ideas for its two blocks of snow.

"It's going to be three frogs. One's playing a flute, one's playing a guitar and one's leaping away because a bass is jumping out of the water," said Sandy Dobbelaere of Oakwood, Ohio.

As usual, there's an international flair to Snow Fest. Teams from Mexico and France are working side by side.

"We are happy to have very cold temperature in Frankenmuth. It's very good news," said Martin Flaux, of the French team.

And it's good news for a team from Mexico and Tennessee.

"The snow's the best it's been in years. It's absolutely perfect. It's nice, it's soft to work with," said Michael Klamann of Nashville, Tennessee.

This is the largest number of sculpting entries in the 22 years of Snow Fest.

"In fact, in the Michigan competition, for the first time in Snow Fest history we had to turn some teams away. We had over 26 entries for 18 spots," said John Shelton, of Zehnder's Snow Fest.

Snow Fest starts Wednesday, Jan. 23 and huge crowds are expected.

"With Saturday always being the biggest day, due to the fireworks, we expect anywhere from 75 to 80,000 people just on Saturday," Shelton said.

For more information on Zehnder's Snowfest, click here.

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