Snowman Studios Inc. is a service-based company that provides artistic and educational services in central Illinois. Snowman Studios Inc. is the parent corporation of Snowman's Reindeer Farm. You can read the information below to learn more about our company.
Snowman Studios Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution and EEO/Affirmative Action Employer committed to excellence through diversity. Employment offers are made on the basis of qualifications, and without regard to race, sex, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability, age, veteran status, or sexual orientation.
The following are brief descriptions of the various jobs available at Snowman's Reindeer Farm.
Checks in and welcomes visitors. Supervises biosecurity coming in and out of the property. Makes sure footbath and hand sanitizers are filled properly. Also is responsible for property walkways and restroom cleaning. Responsible for supervision of any other health-related requirements involving visitors or staff.
Prepare, serve and clean up drinks and snacks for visitors. Must take basic food service class for certification and provide a valid copy of Food Handlers Certificate. Cash register operation required. Responsible for stocking/re-stocking, cleaning of snack bar and all equipment used in snack bar.
Takes payment for children riding train, guides visitors into train and out, operates train. Dresses in costume and plays part of official engineer of the Little Reindeer Railway. Responsible for following all safety guidelines at the farm that relate to the safety of the railway visitors. Oversees the open areas where visitors are taking photos.
Handles cash register and works with customers in gift shop, snack bar or train station. Answers questions and assists customers with selections. Responsible for stocking/re-stocking shelves, organizing and cleaning.
Attendants assist and guide visitors on where to park and direct them to front gate for check in. Outdoor job.
This position involves sitting inside a 9' Christmas tree and playing the role of "Holly" who is a magical talking Christmas tree. Holly talks to visitors, tells jokes and sings silly songs. The person in this position can bring their own creativity and sense of humor to the position. Indoor job inside the Visitor Center.
This position involves attending specific animals (either reindeer or chickens) and assisting visitors in their interactions with the animals. Animal handlers will also be educators responsible for sharing specific information about the animals to visitors. Depending on the animal, they will assist with petting and feeding. Animal handlers also assist with set up, cleaning and shut down of the stations at the end of the shift. Individuals must be good with animals and not afraid to work closely with reindeer or chickens. These stations are outdoors but under roof in open barns. Space heaters are provided. NON-smokers only as the animals do not like the smell.
May have hours year-round. Work include cleaning and maintaining pastures, animals or grounds. Responsible for following all safety guidelines at the farm that relate to the safety of the animals and visitors. Only NON-smokers will be hired to work directly with animals due to residual smells that may affect the animals. May also be involved in assisting with construction of farm features and projects.
Oversees all station and assists where needed. Only individuals with at least 1 year of experience working at Snowman’s Reindeer Farm may be eligible. Greets visitors, answers questions and gives direction. Communicates with all stations and reports directly to owners. Has decision making authority if owner is not available.
1989: Scott and Tracy Snowman began doing freelance graphic design, murals and sign work out of their home in Springfield, IL. The couple moved back to their hometown of Canton, IL in the summer of 1989 after finishing their first master’s degrees at Sangamon State University (now University of Illinois at Springfield) majoring in Art and Children’s Literature.
1993: The Snowman's built a home near Canton Lake in the summer of 1993. This location was designed to include space for the corporate office as well as studios for painting, drawing, signs and murals.
2009-2011: Tracy and Scott Snowman met Mr. Bill Cook of Bloomington, IN for the first time. They were commissioned to paint four large murals for installation on the south side of Fulton Square (JCPenney building). The murals were completed in the summer of 2010 and dedicated in September. Later in 2011, the Cook group commissioned the couple again to create a 14’x20’ mural to be installed behind the new boutique hotel being built near the square in downtown Canton.
2011: Snowman Studios became Snowman Studios Inc. as of January 1, 2011 with Tracy Snowman as President and Scott Snowman as Vice-President. In July of 2011 the Snowman’s purchased 35 South Main (which also includes 35 ½ South Main) and began renovations on the one-story building. Snowman Studios Gallery, opened on November 10 with a private showing for family and friends. The first regular day of business was Friday, November 11 (11/11/11). The Canton Chamber of Commerce grand opening was held on Tuesday, November 15.
2015: The corporation purchased two reindeer in August of 2015. The new venture expanded Snowman Studios Inc. into agricultural tourism with the goal being to bring more people into Fulton County to shop and explore. Snowman’s Reindeer Farm is a seasonal part of the company located at the corporate office, 25599 East Middle Lake Road.
2016: The Reindeer Barn was improved with concrete floors, wall and a gas heater. The Gift Shop was constructed in summer 2016.
2017: Due to rapid growth of the sign and mural services, the downtown gallery was closed and the gift shops were consolidated to enable the owners more time to spend on art production as well as the reindeer farm. Four new reindeer were acquired during the summer of 2017 following the tragic loss of the first two reindeer in March due to an outbreak of Lyme Disease. Snowman's Reindeer Farm underwent massive changes in operations to reduce parasite exposure and improve the safety of the animals. The Flying Reindeer Snack Bar was added in the summer of 2017 and the Santa House was constructed in the fall.
2018: The FIRST reindeer was born at Snowman's Reindeer Farm: Miss Sugar Plum Snowman was born to Snowball and Mistletoe on April 30. She had a very rocky start and had to live in the house for the first 3 weeks of her life to be bottle fed around the clock due to her mama not having any milk. Sugar Plum, though very small, grew healthy and strong by fall and was the absolute star of the show by the Christmas season. The barn shaped Ticket Booth and 8' tall perimeter fence with gates was added in the summer of 2018.
2019: The SECOND reindeer was born at Snowman's Reindeer Farm: Griswold Snowman (Grizzy). Grizzy was a bit larger than Sugar Plum and mama Mistletoe had milk, so Grizzy is a mom-raised baby, yet still very friendly due to the attention he gets on a daily basis. Two mini-donkey's were added in March: Jingle and Jangle (sisters). Construction projects in 2019 include: The Holly Jolly Barn, Little Reindeer Railway (depot and kiddie train) and an expanded Reindeer Barn.
2020: THREE new reindeer babies were flown from Alaska to establish Herd#2 at Snowman's Reindeer Farm. NEW: Alaskan Reindeer Pavilion and Farmer Scott's Antler Shanty.
2021: NEW Mrs. Claus' Chicken Coop. Baby boy reindeer born on May 10: Sparky
2022: NEW - The Bachelor Barn and The Fluffy Butt Hutt. Baby girl reindeer born on April 28: Holly