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Zehnder’s Snowfest 2022 Highlights and Top Talent

Snowfest 2022

From January 27th through January 29th, 2022, Collegiate Alumni ice carvers and snow carvers from the High School, State of Michigan and World Class division competed to transform blocks of snow and ice into dazzling works of art. And the top talent of Zehnder’s Snowfest 2022 snow and ice sculpting competitions are…

Zehnder’s Snowfest Collegiate Alumni Ice Carving Winners:

1st Place: Vince Terrana/Kaitlyn Pfropper

2nd Place: Jeff Lao/Paul Nuznov

3rd Place: Max Paczkowski/Jim Ford

4th Place: David Kurth/Bryan Symansic

5th Place: David Kowalczyk/Jeff Prather

Zehnder’s Snowfest State of Michigan Snow Sculpting Winners:

Honorable Mention: Team #16: Andrew Brown, Mike Duclos & Jake Hartwick – “Trophy Shark”

3rd Place: Team #11: Scott Triplett & Brian Obermeyer – “Fluffy the Bunbarian”

2nd Place: Team #1: Adam Dennison, Mathew Doyle & Tom Ward – “For Trent”

1st Place: Team #7: Nick Bovid, Christopher Bovid & Stanley Bovid – “18 Years Hard Labor”

People’s Choice: Team #9: Jared Schoen, Jace Binder & Lexi Seidel – “Is Time Passing You By?”

Zehnder’s Snowfest Single Block Snow Sculpting Winners:

Honorable Mention – “Voldemort” by Gordon Oberman, Sam Licavoli & Tom Licavoli

3rd Place: “Puppet Show” by Mike Leser, Adam Messing & Nick Bence

2nd Place: “Tree House” by David Swarts, Sharon Swarts & Nick Kovacs

1st Place: “Wild Mother” by Adam Wernecke, Jennifer Wernecke & Spencer Sharf

Zehnder’s Snowfest Double Block Snow Sculpting Winners:

People’s Choice: “Don’t Panic” by John Martinez, Mike Martinez, Madison Martinez & Jonathan Martinez

Zehnder’s Snowfest High School Snow Sculpting Winners:

1st Place: Hometeam A – “Boat and Bridge”

2nd Place: Nouvel Catholic Central – “Upright Piano”

3rd Place: Hemlock High School – “Longing” AND Bay City Central – “Central Circus”

High School Winners:

Zehnder’s Snowfest “All Things Chocolate” Baking Contest

The “All Things Chocolate Baking” Contest kicked off Zehnder’s Snowfest 2022 on Wednesday, January 26, 2022. Contestants competed in the Cookies, Cakes and Brownies categories complete with entertainment by the “Halsey Old Timers”, door prizes, food samples and a seminar on the history of chocolate hosted by Zehnder’s long-time (now retired-ish) Executive Chef, John Zehnder inside the official Zehnder’s Snowfest Warming Tent . The “All Things Baking Contest” is proudly sponsored by: Michigan Sugar, Le Creuset, WSGW and WITL.

While all of the recipes presented were sweetly superb, here are the top treats that took home awards:

Cookies Category:
• First Place – Jessica Bryant from Shepherd, Michigan with Lavendar Chocolate Crumb Bars
• Second Place – Laura Morales Sayre from Grand Blanc, Michigan with Dreamy Double Chocolate Crunch
• Third Place – Sydney Merrihew from Frankenmuth, Michigan with Chocolate Chip Overload Monster Cookies


Brownies Category:
• First Place – Marilou Reiffer from Grand Rapids, Michigan with Salted Caramel Espresso Brownie Bites
• Second Place – Lindsay Falke from Hillsdale, Michigan with “Trio”-politan Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies
• Third Place – Katie Reder from Midland, Michigan with Cracked Nut Caramel Brownies

Cakes Category:
• First Place – Colleen Gawrylowicz from Caro, Michigan with Triple Layer Tuxedo Cake
• Second Place – Lisa Bly from Eaton Rapids, Michigan with Decadent Chocolate Cherry Cake Stacks
• Third Place – Kevin VanSickle from Birch Run, Michigan with Chocolate French Buttercream Cake

Grand Prize Overall Winner:
Colleen Gawrylowicz from Caro, Michigan with her Triple Layer Tuxedo Cake

Did you take pictures this year?

Enter your favorite photo into the annual Snowfest Photo Impressions contest for a chance to win one of 3 great Zehnder’s prizes including an overnight stay at Zehnder’s Splash Village Hotel and Waterpark! Enter by clicking here.


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