With the snow on the ground, now is a perfect time to build a snowman. The Last Snowman Contest Winnipeg launches today. The contest created by former Winnipegger Maria den Oudsten and her local ambassadors uses the snowman as an icon and warning for the urgent global warming problem. She believes Winnipeg is the best place to build snowmen before it is too late.

Mrs. den Oudsten will award $5,000 in cash prizes to individuals and groups.
$2000 – first-place winner
$1000 runner-up
$1000 group build
5 X $ 200 next best five snowmen

The contest is open to all Manitobans, and it’s easy to participate. Make a snowman in your yard or a public space during the contest period, take a photo of it and post it on social media with #lastsnowmanwinnipeg. Post on Facebook or Instagram.

F: www.facebook.com/groups/lastsnowmanwinnipeg
I: @lastsnowmanwinnipeg

If you do not use social media, participants can email a digital photo image to lastsnowmanwinnipeg@gmail.com with their full contact details.

By posting, entrants agree to the post being shared digitally and in print by the contest organizers. Prizes are awarded based on: height, sturdiness, decoration, presence, charm and social media likes. For each post, $1.00 will go to an environmental charity.

Maria’s love of Winnipeg which she calls “Snowmanland” because of its snow and people encouraged her to organize the first snowman building contest in the city in 2003 when she was President of the Downtown Winnipeg Rotary Club.