St. Paul Winter Carnival
In less than a month the “Coolest Celebration on Earth” returns to St. Paul. The St. Paul Winter Carnival revealed its annual buttons ahead of the festivities.
From tourist attractions to shopping venues, visitors are sure to find something fun and adventurous in Minnesota to write home about. Check out any of these hot spots for a fun visit to a surprisingly fun state.
For the fourth year in a row, you can look forward to watching Crashed Ice in downtown St. Paul. The steep race course will again be built between the St. Paul Cathedral and the Xcel Energy Center.
A sculpture that took a St. Paul man months to build is now just a pile of ice. Two kids used a golf club to level the sculpture that was in front of Gary Pruitt’s home on Gotzian Street around 4 a.m. Saturday. “I heard kind of crunching and kids voices,” Pruitt said. “When I looked out there were a couple of them whacking at it with a golf club.”
The St. Paul Winter Carnival is wrapping up this weekend, but just because it’s winter doesn’t mean the “boys of summer” can’t be part of it. At least, that’s what the St. Paul Saints were thinking. “Who in the heck in Minnesota is going to play baseball Feb. 1?” asked former Saints player and major leaguer Kevin Millar. Well, that’d be these guys. “I feel like I’m in Lambeau Field,” Millar said. “They had snowblowers in the stands.”
Once again, one of the most popular displays at the St. Paul Winter Carnival is not around this year. But if you want to see ice castles of years past, you’re in luck. Replicas of all the ice castles from past years are on display, built to scale. The builder makes sure they all look exactly the same as when their larger counterparts were built.
Every year one woman displays her private collection that spans decades. It shows the rich history of this St. Paul tradition. Marlyn DiMartino said she loves the Winter Carnival.
After two inches of snow fell in parts of Georgia, Alabama and Louisiana on Tuesday, traffic in some places came to a standstill for 24 hours. Thousands of children had to spend the night at school and rescue crews brought food and water to stranded drivers.
The Winter Carnival is in full swing with daily activities downtown St. Paul. We all love the winter carnival, but there are eight guys who love it the most. We are talking about the Vulcans, who have been bringing the heat to the coolest celebration on earth for 77 years.
Artists participating in the St. Paul Winter Carnival’s snow sculpture and ice-carving competitions didn’t have to worry about a shortage of materials this year. The winners were announced over the weekend.
The St. Paul Winter Carnival medallion has been located. A tweet from the Pioneer Press confirmed this year’s hunt is now officially over, and that the medallion was located in Como Park.
At the St. Paul Winter Carnival, the winners of the multi-block ice carving competition have been announced. Coming in third place is a piece called “Dream Chaser.”It was made by Greg Schmotzer from Hastings and Chris Swarbrick from Hudson Wis., who went home with a $500 prize. In second place is a piece called “Aerial Aquatics.”Chad Peterson and Jerry Sarff from Monticello, along with Eric Rotter from Detroit Lakes, received a $1,000 prize for their creation. And in first place went to a piece called “Fishing to Win.”
The St. Paul Winter Carnival kicked off Thursday and the royalty for the “Coolest Celebration on Earth” was crowned Friday night.
It’s a Minnesota tradition and it’s designed for just the kind of weather we’re experiencing this week. The St. Paul Winter Carnival starts Thursday with several events going on at Rice Park in downtown St. Paul.
As we get ready for the weekend, we want to help you get ready too. There’s a sizeable dose of winter entertainment, but also a chance to look forward to spring. Here’s what’s happening this weekend.