Winter Carnival snow sculptures come crashing down

Sports & Leisure Jeffrey Thompson Jeffrey Thompson · ·

1 A front end loader toppled a St. Paul Winter Carnival snow sculpture contest entry at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul, Minn. Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011. 
2 Gavin Rupp, 6, of West Bloomington, Minn. plays with pieces of demolished snow sculptures at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul, Minn. Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011. 
3 A front end loader levels one of the several St. Paul Winter Carnival snow sculpture entries at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul, Minn. Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011. 
4 Former Vulcan Krewe member Scot Cocchiarella documents the destruction of the St. Paul Winter Carnival snow sculptures at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul, Minn. Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011. Cocchiarella estimated that hundreds of volunteers spent 2,200 hours on creating the site and blocks for the sculptures this year. 
5 Onlookers witnessed the demolition of the snow sculptures at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul, Minn. Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011. 
6 David Rupp and his son Gavin Rupp, 6, of West Bloomington, Minn. load a part of a demolished snow sculpture into their car at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul, Minn. Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011. David Rupp was planning to place a couple of the snow pieces on his steps at home to surprise his daughter after school.