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By Andi Bourne

Love a Challenge, Relish Competition


January 25, 2018

Andi Bourne, Pathfinder

Winner of the 2018 Professional Category Doug Richards with his dog Gus pose with their "Bear in Mind" sculpture featuring the Seeley Lake Senior Center's Meals on Wheels program. The "Bear Facts" are 2,047 meals were delivered in 2017 by volunteers for those in need in the community. "That is commendable," said Richards.

SEELEY LAKE – At nearly 84 years old, Doug Richards was the only professional artist to enter the Montana Winterfest in Seeley Lake Snow Sculpture competition this year. He participated from 2008-2012 trading wins with artist Donna Love and "loved the competition." He was back again this year after the competition was opened up to include any location in town and hopes to return again next year.

A trained commercial artist, Richards never thought snow sculptures would be as challenging as they are. He entered the competition in the Adult Amateur category for the first time in 2008.

"I th...

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