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Wisconsin team tries to defend national snow sculpting championship in Lake Geneva

CORRECTS SPELLING OF LAKE GENEVA - In this photo taken Jan. 29, 2015 in Lake Geneva Wis., artists from 10 states take part in the U.S. National Snow Sculpting Championship. They started sculpting the nine-foot high blocks of snow on Wednesday and judging is set for Saturday. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)

CORRECTS SPELLING OF LAKE GENEVA - In this photo taken Jan. 29, 2015 in Lake Geneva Wis., artists from 10 states take part in the U.S. National Snow Sculpting Championship. They started sculpting the nine-foot high blocks of snow on Wednesday and judging is set for Saturday. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)  (The Associated Press)

A Wisconsin snow sculpting team that won the last two national championships is trying to defend its trophy in Lake Geneva.

The U.S. National Snow Sculpting Championship began Wednesday, with judging set for Saturday along Geneva Lake.

David Andrews, Jason Anhorn and Steve Bateman make up one of the Wisconsin teams. They are following up their last two wins with a sculpture of two connected trees this year. Andrews has been part of seven championship teams altogether.

The 15 teams from 10 states receive a cylinder snow block 8 feet in diameter and 9 feet high. They can use saws, axes, files, scaffolding, shovels and other homemade implements.

They will be judged on creativity, technique and message. The winner also gets an invite to an international snow sculpting competition.