ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — The lack of snowfall has impacted the 126th annual St. Paul Winter Carnival.

Winter Carnival staff decided Saturday to cancel the snow sculpture contest portion of the festival. The carnival will continue to have ice carving.

“Unfortunately this is what happens when you deal with natural elements,” said Beth Pinkney, the Winter Carnival CEO. “The group that organizes and manages the snow sculpting competition at the State Fairgrounds has postponed it for a year. So we will not have snow carvings due to lack of snow.”

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Edgar Linares Reports

Pinkney said they reached out to a number of resources and tried to get snow making machines and trucks to haul the snow. But the machines they rent from ski hills are busy trying to stay in business.

“It just came to a point where the formula didn’t equal and we had to make that decision,” said Pinkney. “Everything else is still going on. We will have our three parades. We’ll have an ice bar with local flavors.”

The Winter Carnival kicks off on Jan. 26.


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