Thai team grab top prize in Sapporo Snow Festival

After 44 hours of outdoor work in a sub-zero environment, the Thai team of snow sculptors grab the top prize in the Sapporo Snow Festival again. — Pongpet Mekloy

Their winning "Betta Brilliance - The Beauty and Strength of Thailand" sculpture depicts a group of graceful Siamese fighting fish.

In the two decades that Thailand has participated in the contest, the Thai team sponsored by the Tourism Authority of Thailand has now won eight times, more than any other participating country.

Nine teams from eight countries took part in the 46th International Show Sculpture Contest this year. The other countries were Finland, Poland, Singapore, Indonesia, Hawaii, Daejeon from South Korea, and teams representing Macau and China.

“We have done our best and are happy with the result,” said Kusol Bunkobsongserm, leader of the Thai snow sculptors, who also included Amnoaysak Srisuk and Kitsana Wongtes.

“But after all, what matters most is friendship, not winning,” added Kusol, beaming.

Published: 7 Feb 2019