135th Winter Carnival Announcement – Signature Events & New Twists

 

2021 Saint Paul Winter Carnival Planning Underway

135th Anniversary to Feature Signature Events with a Twist and New Activities

January 28 – February 7 

Event Will Feature A Drive-Thru Ice and Snow Sculpture Park  at Minnesota State Fairgrounds

 

Saint Paul, Minn. (October 21, 2020) — Organizers from the Saint Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation, the producers of the Winter Carnival, announce today that planning for the next “Coolest Celebration on Earth™” is well underway. Although, the Carnival will be different than in years past, it is sure to still be legendary.

The 2021 Saint Paul Winter Carnival will be held January 28 – February 7. This will be the festival’s 135th anniversary further fortifying the fact that it is the oldest winter festival in the United States. Changes have been made to accommodate protocols related to COVID-19 while still making it possible for the community to celebrate and embrace winter.

“The Winter Carnival was created in 1886 to show the world how Saint Paul embraces winter,” says Deb Schaber, President and CEO of the Saint Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation. “We believe we’ve created a schedule of events for our 135th anniversary that our Carnival creators would be proud of and our current day fans can enjoy safely. The majority of our 2021 events will be held outdoors and all will abide by COVID-19 required protocols such as social distancing and mask wearing.”

 

Traditions with A Twist

Some of Winter Carnival’s annual events are being revised or removed due to the pandemic. The organization is not able to host the traditional parades or hold events in Rice Park because of crowd size limitations. However, there will still be plenty of opportunities for safe fun for all ages in Saint Paul and beyond. Here are some highlights of the cool happenings that are in the works including new twists on signature events, virtual opportunities, and activities to get people outdoors and exploring our great City of Saint Paul. *

  • Drive-Thru Ice and Snow Sculpture Park at Minnesota State Fairgrounds

Combining two signature Winter Carnival events – the Ice Carving Competition and the Snow Sculpture Contest – this drive-thru experience will take place at the State Fairgrounds each day during the Carnival.

Upon entering, each car will receive a swag bag, bingo card, and the chance to purchase some treats to enjoy during the ride. Dozens of visual stops will showcase snow and ice masterpieces sculpted by local artisans, many of whom have participated in past Winter Carnival contests. Attendees will be able to vote on their favorite creations.  

The Winter Carnival Ice Carvings will move from Rice Park to the Fairgrounds to create the Ice and Snow Sculpture Park. And, once again, the Winter Carnival Vulcans will manage the snow sculpture attraction. As in years past, the Vulcans will coordinate the snow making and the annual Snow Stomp event used to create the huge blocks for artists to sculpt their snowy works of art. The Vulcans, as well as the Royal Family and Klondike Kates, are expected make several appearances at the drive-thru.

  • Winter Carnival Music Series

In tune with the times, the annual Winter Carnival Music Series is going on the road and will be popping up outdoors at parking lots and establishments around Saint Paul. This format will give us an opportunity to support local restaurants, breweries and entertainment venues while continuing the Winter Carnival Music Series. The concert sites will serve the food and drinks and Carnival will bring the entertainment – and our famous Ice Bar.

  • Virtual Winter Carnival Family Days

For both Saturdays during Carnival (January 30 and February 6), families can gather ‘round their computers and smart TVs in the comfort and safety of their homes to participate in our Family Day activities. Each day’s schedule will be filled with entertaining performances, educational seminars, arts and crafts lessons, storytelling sessions, and much more. This content will go live on our website, Facebook page, and YouTube channel and then be available for “re-runs” forever.   

  • Securian Financial Winter Run

Another Carnival tradition and Foundation fundraiser, the Securian Financial Winter Run, will take place on Saturday, Jan. 30 with a 5K around Lake Phalen. Runners can also participate virtually with 5K, 10K and a Half Marathon.

  • Frozen Family Fun Night

Bundle up the kids and join us outside to embrace winter! This all-ages event at Keg and Case will include entertaining performances, visits by snow princesses, a bonfire, and family-friendly activities. The Winter Carnival Junior Royalty Court and other special guests will stop by to join the fun.

  • Winter Carnival Puzzle Competitions – In-Person and Virtual

We’ve pieced together a new way for people to participate in the enormously popular Winter Carnival Puzzle Contest. On Sunday, Jan. 31, a virtual puzzle contest will be conducted via Zoom. Teams will be able to compete against each other remotely and in the comfort of their own homes. The traditional Saint Paul Winter Carnival Puzzle Contest, known as the nation’s largest, will take place in-person and socially-distanced at Landmark Center on the morning of Saturday, January 30. As of today, 180 teams of four have already registered!

  • Softball Tournament

We’re brrrrrrringing back a classic hit from Carnival’s history – the Winter Carnival Softball Tournament. Games will be held outdoors on a snowy St. Paul ballfield (site to be determined) on Saturday, Feb. 6. Registration will begin in January. Sign up and batter up or catch a game on the sidelines.

  • Saint Paul Scavenger Hunt

Winter Carnival fans will be able to take part in three different scavenger hunts: Family Friendly Explore Saint Paul Parks, Saint Paul History & Landmarks, and Local Fun & Attractions. The Winter Carnival Scavenger Hunt will allow folks to have some socially distanced fun while learning about the great City of Saint Paul.

 

2021 Saint Paul Winter Carnival Buttons

One of Minnesota’s most popular and recognized artists, Adam Turman, is designing the 135th Anniversary Winter Carnival button collection. Turman will take his bold and colorful style to create four buttons that will be unveiled and on sale in early December. The sale of the commemorative buttons is the largest fundraiser for the Saint Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation.

 

Saint Paul Winter Carnival Legend Characters

Traditionally, the Saint Paul Winter Carnival Legend Characters make hundreds of appearances each year representing the City across the state and the country by participating in parades, appearing at charity events, and making visits to senior centers and schools. Due to the pandemic, the 2020 Royal Family, Vulcans, and Klondike Kate did not have the opportunity to practice their parade wave, meet new friends in the community, or travel to other festivals. So, Boreas and his court, Vulcanus Rex and his Krewe, and Kate will all reign for another year. The Klondike Kates are also marking a special anniversary in 2021, their 50th year!

 

Volunteers Needed

The Saint Paul Winter Carnival relies on hundreds of volunteers in order for the events to be a success. Leading up to and throughout Carnival, there are numerous opportunities to donate your time and talent. Please visit our website (wintercarnival.com/get-involved/volunteer/) or contact volunteer@spfhf.org to join the team.

 

About the Saint Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation and the Saint Paul Winter Carnival

The Saint Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation is a non-profit membership organization that produces Minnesota’s Iciest and Spiciest festivals – Saint Paul Winter Carnival and Cinco de Mayo West Side Saint Paul. The Saint Paul Winter Carnival was started in 1886 and is the oldest winter festival in the United States. It relies on sponsors, fundraisers, donations, charitable gaming, and foundation members to support its year-round activities. The Saint Paul Winter Carnival attracts more than 250,000 visitors a year and has an approximate $3 – $5 million economic impact to the City of Saint Paul and the State of Minnesota. Visit wintercarnival.com for more information and to learn how you can support future Winter Carnival celebrations by becoming a member.  

 

Social Media Channels

Facebook – /stpaulwinter

Twitter – @StPaulWinter

Instagram – @stpaulwintercarnival

Hashtag – #wintercarnival

 

*Event details subject to change.

 
Media Contact:     Molly Mulvehill Steinke, Nemer Fieger, molly@nemerfieger.com, 612-309-1677

Volunteer at the 2021 Winter Carnival!

Each year we need hundreds of volunteers to help make our events successful, this year is no different! Consider giving back to the upcoming Winter Carnival during our special anniversary and donating your time. We have created a short survey for you to tell us your interests and availability. 

Interested Volunteers: CLICK HERE!

Volunteer Opportunities May Include: 

  • Indoor Office Support
  • Outdoor Winter Carnival Set-Up
  • Indoor/Outdoor Event Day-Of Assistance
  • Digital/Virtual/Video Opportunities
  • Winter Carnival Day-Of Ambassadors

Thank you again for your commitment to making this event a huge success. We look forward to bringing you into the 2021 Carnival team!!

Winter Carnival Face Masks for Sale

You need to add one of these Winter Carnival face masks to your collection! Available in 6 different colors and prints (red, blue, white, plaid, gray-snowflake and silver-snowflake) these Winter Carnival face masks feature multiple layers of protection and ear adjusters. They’ll easily become one of your favorite masks. Available for purchase in our online store

Red:

Blue:

White:

Plaid:

Gray – Snowflake:

Silver – Snowflake:

2021 Puzzle Contest – New Virtual Event Added

Puzzle Contest Registration is Open!

Avid puzzlers, it’s the moment you’ve been waiting for! Registration for the Nation’s Largest Jigsaw Puzzle Competition will open at 11 a.m. on Thursday, October 1st, 2020! New this year, we are expanding the number of in-person divisions and featuring a virtual division on Sunday. The event will be COVID-19 friendly, as we’re taking many precautions to keep you safe. This event typically sells quickly, last year it sold out within 3 hours!

In-Person Event:

Our in-person puzzle contest will take place on Saturday, January 30th, 2021, at the Landmark Center in Downtown Saint Paul. The contest will feature four divisions: Expert/Adult, Adult 1, Adult 2 and Family. Teams are made up of four individuals, and the cost to participate per team is $60. If interested, sign up early! Spots are reduced per division this year to accommodate social distancing guidelines.

Virtual Event: Brand new this year! 
 
To allow those who are far away to enjoy the contest too, we will be holding a virtual puzzle contest on Sunday, January 31st, 2021 via Zoom. Teams of four will enjoy competing remotely against each other from the comfort of their own home! Anyone in the U.S.  can participate for $65, price includes shipping.

Schedule of Events:

Saturday, January 30, 2021 – The Landmark Center 

  • 8:00 AM – Expert/Adult 
  • 10:00 AM –  Adult 1
  • 12:30 PM –  Adult 2 
  • 3:00 PM –  Family 

Sunday, January 31, 2021 – Virtually 

  • 11:00 AM – Virtual 

Expansive Online Auction

Start your holiday shopping early during our expansive online auction that will be live October 5th – 8 p.m. October 8th. You won’t want to miss our fabulous items including once-in-a-lifetime experiences with Winter Carnival royalty, numerous gift cards to local business and restaurants and SO MUCH MORE!  Treat yourself to some amazing items all while giving back to the upcoming 135th Winter Carnival. Open to the public, no tickets required, share with your friends, family and co-workers. 

Check out some of our featured items: 

  • Saint For A Day – Go behind the scenes and truly be a St. Paul Saint for the day! Courtesy of the St. Paul Saints Baseball Team, enjoy 4 Securian Financial Club Tickets with food and beverage included, batting practice prior to the game and a tour of CHS Field.
  • An Evening With The Chef – You and nine guests will enjoy a gourmet dinner prepared by our amazing culinary team at the Saint Paul RiverCentre in the prestigious RiverCentre Boardroom. The Boardroom provides a beautiful and intimate setting, lined with large glass windows and picturesque views of Rice Park and historic Downtown Saint Paul. This special event will feature a social hour with butler passed hors d’oeuvres and a four course meal with specially selected wine pairings with each course. You and your guests will leave with the memories of an unforgettable evening!
  • Treats From The East Wind Princess – Enjoy 4 dozen of assorted cookies from the kitchen of the 2020 East Wind Princess, Aly Vogel. Able to choose up to 4 kinds.
  • Paint & Sip With The South Winds – Come spend an evening with your 2020 SW Prince and Princess while we drink and paint canvases with a guided tutorial!
  • One Week Stay in Fountain Hills, AZ – Perfect for a staff retreat or a family vacation: close to golf, tennis, horseback riding, hot air balloons and so much more…The contemporary home includes a separate Guest Casita complete with bath, spa & fireplace, 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, a gourmet kitchen, formal & informal dining areas, 2 fireplaces, a wet bar, an exercise room, and a small office. The exterior features a shade gallery under which you’ll enjoy a casual dining area, a conversation setting with fire pit and a luxurious spa flowing into a private negative edge pool with uninhibited views of the Four Peaks.

These items and SO MANY MORE to bid on! 

New! Sip & Savor Virtual Event!

 

Winter Carnival’s BIGGEST fundraiser of the year is going virtual! Join us for 2 nights of special virtual events. 

 

Since 1886, the Saint Paul Winter Carnival has taken great pride in celebrating Saint Paul’s unique history and the traditions that connect our community. In 2021, we will celebrate our 135th Anniversary, and we remain committed to creating meaningful experiences, providing educational opportunities, and celebrating our heritage at little to no cost for all. We need your help as we move forward into this special anniversary. The 135th Winter Carnival will not happen without the support of our biggest fundraiser, Sip & Savor. Join us October 5 – 8th as we have some fun, while supporting an amazing cause!
Sip: Wednesday, October 7th
Let’s celebrate Wine Wednesday! We’ll see you online Wednesday, October 7th from 6 – 7:30 p.m. for a virtual wine tasting event supporting the upcoming Saint Paul Winter Carnival. Get ready to dive into the world of wine from the comfort of your own home with a three-bottle bundle curated by the Pairs Well With… team. For the ticket cost of $20, we’ll sip, swirl, socialize and share all kinds of knowledge on these beautiful bottles during the event, as well as talk about food and wine pairings with suggested nibbles and recipes. You’ll even have the opportunity to ask questions. You’ll gain a wine experience like none other and your support will be used to help create our legendary carnival events like glistening ice carvings, yearly competitions and family education days. Ticket price does not include cost of sampled wines. Wines must be purchased separately, and details about where to buy selected wines will be sent to attendees beforehand. Estimated wine cost is $60.

Savor: Thursday, October 8th
Spending a little more time at home and want to learn how to make a new cocktail? Is your bar at home stocked with the basics and ready to go? Ever wonder what else you can do with the bottle of Gin leftover from the holiday party? For the ticket price of $20, you’ll join our hosts Justin Spano and Greta Grosch as they talk cocktails. What basics should you have stocked and some crafty cocktails you can make at home that will amaze your friends. They’ll be live from the St. Paul Grill to show you how to make 3 different cocktails on Thursday, October 8th from 6 – 7:30 p.m. This virtual experience combines fun with giving back to one of your favorite Saint Paul events, The Saint Paul Winter Carnival. By participating in this event, you’re ensuring a successful upcoming carnival where we will celebrate cherished traditions, share historical memories and give back to our community. Ticket price does not include cost of supplies and sampling, please purchase supplies separately. Details about supplies will be sent out to attendees prior.

Winter Carnival Blood Drive

The Saint Paul Winter Carnival is giving back to our community by hosting a blood drive at White Bear Country Inn/Rudy’s Redeye Grill (Ballroom) on Wednesday, October 14th, 2020 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. You can signup to donate here: www.redcrossblood.org and enter StPaulWinterCarnival or call 1.800 -RED-CROSS (1.800.733.2767) NOTE: that there are no spaces between StPaulWinterCarnival. All presenting donors will receive an American Red Cross T-Shirt. Please bring your drivers license or blood donor card with you when donating.

Interest in volunteering at the drive? Signup here: https://forms.gle/7eQi4ffdP5ZDxRBP

June Membership Update

Dear Saint Paul Winter Carnival Supporter,

On behalf of the Saint Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation (SPFHF), we would like to express our sincere appreciation for your support of Saint Paul’s favorite events: The Saint Paul Winter Carnival and Cinco de Mayo – West Side Saint Paul. Through the foundation, we support something that connects our community’s history and local businesses together. As our community continues to change, we work hard to evolve and to make sure our legacy events reflect this. Our supporters, volunteers and members are the heart and soul of our foundation. Our volunteer board of directors works tirelessly throughout the year to represent you, and we all know how important it is to celebrate our community.

In these unprecedented times, we need your help to continue the growth of the Saint Paul Festival & Heritage Foundation. The future of events is changing. Before COVID-19, we have watched our expenses continue to rise and pressure on sponsor dollars has increased over the last few years. The event world and what our foundation can produce have changed with the current climate of COVD-19.

Not only will SPFHF see increased regulations and expenses, it will be harder to raise the funds to produce our foundation events. We expect sponsor dollars and budgets to be down because our partners are dealing with the same situations during this shutdown. We don’t know what the rest of the year will bring, never mind the next month, but our CEO and Board of Directors are thinking long-term. They are committed to moving forward with the best intentions for the organization’s mission and purpose.

Below are some updates from the past couple months:

  • We have had to postpone not only our annual Cinco de Mayo celebration, but two of our spring fundraising events, Sip & Savor and the Johnnie Walker Scotch Tasting. Combined with the closing of our four gambling establishments, we are looking at a loss to the Foundation of over $60,000 thus far in 2020.
  • Due to the Governor’s state shut down directive, our gambling establishments were shuttered.
    • Our gambling staff of 18 are currently furloughed until the bars reopen.
    • Without our charitable gambling activities due to bar closures, we are expecting to lose in excess of $30,000 in net revenue to the Foundation.
  • Monthly expenses to run the Foundation and keep us operating 12 months a year are now close to $15,000 per month (payroll, rent, utilities, accounting, audits, insurance, computers, web site and more)
  • We had to make the unfortunate decision to let go of some of our Foundation office staff members. When we had to postpone our April and May events to the Fall, our budget dictated that we needed to cut staff as well.
  • We applied for and received a Payroll Protection Assistance (PPP) loan and an EIDL Grant for $10,000. Which is helping cover the salaries of our CEO, Event Coordinator and Gambling Manager through the summer.
  • We hosted our first Virtual Live Performance Fundraiser, that raised over $10,000 in early May.

SPFHF has had serious challenges in years past and because of support from our members, sponsors and volunteers, we overcame them. The Saint Paul Winter Carnival has survived 134 years thus far and the members of this Board and our CEO are determined to buckle down to overcome the financial issues before us. We will continue to fulfill our mission to foster a sense of community pride, belonging and connectedness by producing and promoting community education, programs, and festivals, along with other celebrations for the enjoyment of the people of Saint Paul and its surrounding communities. We will keep the Foundation viable for decades to come!

As we head into our 135th year of the Saint Paul Winter Carnival, becoming a member will help us create meaningful experiences during this special anniversary year. It is our goal that all people can enjoy our festival activities at no/low cost during our 10-day carnival. Your support is so crucial in fulfilling our mission. Your support is needed now more than ever, to help us regain some of our lost income.

NOW is the time to join or renew your Foundation Membership to allow our CEO and Board to continue their work towards making future events possible. The 135th Coolest Celebration on Earth will not happen without the support of our members. Please take a moment and renew your membership today by visiting our website www.wintercarnival.com and click on “become a member”, complete the enclosed form and mail it with your payment, or Text 44-321 and enter SPFHF. Our fiscal year runs June 1st-May 31st so now is the time!

These are unprecedented times. If you have questions, concerns, or new ideas, please feel free to contact us at info@spfhf.org. Thank you, and we hope everyone stays safe and healthy as we work together through these challenging circumstances.

Don’t forget to like & follow us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram for more up-to-date details. We look forward to connecting with you over the coming year!

Sincerely,

Deb Schaber, President / CEO

Amy Mauzy, SPFHF Board Chair 

Kat Christopherson, SPFHF Membership Chair

With the celebration of the Winter Carnival 135th Anniversary, we have created a unique membership level to honor the Anniversary. Members at $135 level or higher will receive this custom member only pin.

Read the PDF version here!

May Updates – Letter From Board Chair, Amy Mauzy

Happy Spring! 

May has arrived and with it more information from our State and City officials on happenings and events taking place in the Twin Cities and beyond. Like every other non-profit organization, the Saint Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation is feeling the effects of the Governor’s state shut down directive, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We have had to postpone not only our annual Cinco de Mayo celebration, but two of our spring fundraising events. Combined with the closing of our four gambling establishments, we are looking at a loss to the Foundation of over $60,000 thus far in 2020. 

The cost to run Festivals in Minnesota has increased as well. To run a FREE festival, our Foundation needs to pay:

  • Annual insurance costs that are now crossed over the $45,000 per year threshold.
  • Parade costs that are now close to $15,000 each.  
  • Police and Security costs that have increased 100% over the last 18 months 
  • Utility fees including hooded meters, street barricades, garbage pickup, and rentals that have tripled in the past three years. 
  • Monthly expenses to run the Foundation and keep us operating 12 months a year are now close to $15,000 per month (rent, utilities, accounting and audits, payroll, computers, web site, and more)
  • Propane & Diesel that is used to power and heat the Winter Carnival averages $20,000 a year.  
  • The Foundation does not have a marketing budget, we rely on our gracious media partners, Hubbard Broadcasting, Pioneer Press & I Heart radio, to support us.

 

The Board of Directors and our CEO have been working hard every day to keep the Foundation financially sound through these unprecedented times.  We applied for and received a Payroll Protection Assistance as part of the CARES Act, which will help us with payroll and other expenses this summer. Our board and our Finance Committee are always looking for ways to bring in new revenue.

 

A fun way to support the Foundation is happening tomorrow night (5/6); 6:30-8:30pm on our Facebook page:

Join us for our very first #WinterCarnivalWednesday!  Kick back and enjoy a virtual concert from the comfort of your home! We are asking for a suggested donation of $20 to enjoy the show with us. There will be other opportunities throughout the night for larger contributors, along with prize giveaways from the band, and the Winter Carnival. We hope to see you all on-line tomorrow night. Thank you to SPIRE Credit Union for their contributions to the event! 

The SPFHF has had serious challenges in years past and because of support from our members, sponsors, and volunteers, we overcame them. We have survived 134 years thus far and the members of this Board and our CEO are determined to buckle down to overcome the financial issues before us. We will continue to fulfill our mission to foster a sense of community pride, belonging and connectedness by producing and promoting community education, programs, festivals, along with other celebrations for the enjoyment of the people of Saint Paul and its surrounding communities and keep the SPFHF viable for decades to come! 

Thank you for your continued support of the Saint Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation. These are scary and uncertain times for non-profits and the teamwork I see happening every day with Board Members, Foundation staff, sponsors, and volunteers, is inspiring! 

-Amy Mauzy 

SPFHF Board Chair 

 

How can you help? 

Membership: 

As we enter into our 135th year celebrating The Coolest Celebration Earth, your support is needed now more than ever, to help us regain some of our lost income.. Please take a moment and renew your membership today by visiting our website www.wintercarnival.com and click on “become a member”, complete the enclosed form and mail it with your payment, or Text 44-321 and enter SPFHF. Our fiscal year runs June 1st-May 31st so now is the time! 

Events: 

 

Live Performance – Winter Carnival Virtual Fundraiser

Join us for #WinterCarnivalWednesday as we kick back and enjoy a virtual concert from the comfort of our home! Grab your favorite beverage and snacks and enjoy the LIVE 4 piece acoustic performances by World According to Garth and 8 Foot 4 Bands. We will be joined by our Hosts Jimmy Francis and the 2020 Prime Minster Joe Johnston, along with specials guests King Boreas, Queen of the Snows and more throughout the night! Click here for the event Facebook page. 

This is a Saint Paul Winter Carnival Fundraiser, we are asking for a suggested donation of $20 to enjoy the show with us. There will be other opportunities throughout the night for larger contributors, along with prize giveaways from the band, and the Winter Carnival.

The Saint Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation (SPFHF) is a non-profit membership organization that produces Minnesota’s Iciest and Spiciest festivals – Saint Paul Winter Carnival and Cinco de Mayo West Side Saint Paul. We rely on sponsors, fundraisers, donations, charitable gaming and our members to support our year-round activities. Like every other non-profit organization, (SPFHF) is feeling the effects of the Governor’s state shut down directive, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We have had to postpone not only our annual Cinco de Mayo celebration, but two of our spring fundraising events. Combined with the closing of our four gambling establishments, we are looking at a loss to the Foundation of over $60,000 in revenue this spring.

The SPFHF has had challenges in years past and because of support from our members, sponsors, and volunteers, we overcame them. We have survived 134 years thus far and the members of this Board and our CEO are determined to buckle down to overcome the financial challenges before us. We will continue to fulfill our mission to foster a sense of community pride, belonging and connectedness by producing and promoting community education, programs, festivals, along with other celebrations for the enjoyment of the people of Saint Paul and its surrounding communities and keep the SPFHF viable for decades to come!

As we enter into our 135th year celebrating The Coolest Celebration Earth, your support is needed now more than ever, to help us regain some of our lost income. Please take a moment to make a donation on the link provided or become a member of the Foundation at https://www.wintercarnival.com/members/

2020 Cinco de Mayo Virtual – Enjoy from Home Event

We are so excited to announce an online Cinco de Mayo celebration on May 2, 2020. Enjoy fun activities from the comfort of your home! All activities can be found on our Facebook pageMedia announcement. 

Schedule: 
10 a.m. – Online viewing of 2019 parade
12 p.m. – Virtual Car, Truck and Bike Show presented by Post Consumer Brands
​ 3 p.m. – Facebook Live performance benefiting Neighborhood House

​Other Activities: 

  • Kids Bike Decorating Contest

​Have your kids decorate their favorite set of wheels (bike, scooter, wagon) and submit a photo to us for a special kids competition. We’ll be sharing these photos to our Facebook page on May 2. FREE to enter! Please submit via Facebook Messenger or email to Info@spfhf.org by Sunday, April 26th. Include first name and age of creator. Presented by Post Consumer Brands.

  • Sidewalk Chalk Art Showcase 

Show us your Cinco de Mayo designs! We’ll be sharing these to our social media sites. 

  • Margarita Making Videos

Learn how to make a refreshing margarita from the comfort of your home! Stay tuned for an ingredient list. 

  • Videos from the West Side Community

Announcement of Westsider of the Year Award and more! 

  • Papel Picado Making Video

Learn how to make the popular Mexican craft at home. 

Virtual Car, Truck and Bike Show Information
Vehicle Owners: We are looking for vehicle owners to submit photos/videos and additional information about their car.

Please include:
– Owners Name / City
– Make / Model / Year
– # of years owned
– Engine type / Customizations

This event is FREE to enter! Please submit via Facebook Messenger or email info@spfhf.org by Sunday, April 26th. Submissions will be posted to the event page on May 2.

Viewers: Check out our event page at 12 p.m. on May 2. Vote for your favorites!

Treats Time! Snickerdoodle Cookies & Monster Bars – Cooking with the Royal Family

Cooking with the Winter Carnival Royal Family! 

 

Video #1: Snickerdoodle Cookies

Aly Vogel, East Wind Princess: From the Royal House of LCS Company

Ingredients (Double Batch)

  • 3 cups sugar
  • 2 cups butter, softened
  • 4 eggs
  • 5 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 4 teaspoons cinnamon and 1 cup of sugar (for rolling dough balls) mixed in a bowl

Steps

  1. Heat oven to 400°F.
  2. Mix sugar and butter in large bowl, then add the eggs to the bowl and mix. Add vanilla. Slowly, stir in cinnamon, salt, baking soda, and cream of tartar. Then slowly add flour (mixing in about a 1/2 cup at a time).
  3. Shape dough into 1 1/4-inch balls. Roll balls in cinnamon-sugar mixture. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
  4. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until set. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack.

Additional Tips

  • Be sure to measure the flour carefully, spooning it into a measuring cup and leveling it off with a metal spatula or back of a straight knife. Too much flour will make what should be a light, chewy cookie denser and more cake-like.
  • What is cream of tartar? It’s actually a stabilizer (potassium bitartrate) and is often used when whipping air into egg whites and cream. Because it’s an acid, it can be added to sugar syrups to reduce crystallization—and in cookies, in combination with baking soda, it actually forms a type of baking powder.
  • Avoid overmixing as you incorporate the dry ingredients into the wet which can result in a tough cookie.
  • You want your cookie dough balls well coated in the cinnamon-sugar mixture, since that’s the best part! The best way to do it? Pour the mixture onto a large plate, so there’s plenty of room for rolling.
  • For best results, bake cookies on the middle oven rack. For even baking, it’s best to bake your classic Snickerdoodle cookies one baking sheet at a time.

Video #2: Monster Cookie Bars

Aly Vogel, East Wind Princess: From the Royal House of LCS Company

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup LAND O LAKES(R) Butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup candy-coated milk chocolate pieces (such as M&M’s(R))

Steps 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 8×8-inch baking pan.
  2. Cream together butter and brown sugar. Mix in egg and vanilla.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, and sea salt together. Gradually incorporate dry ingredients into the butter/sugar mixture. Mix thoroughly.
  4. Stir in creamy peanut butter, oats, chocolate chips, and candy-coated chocolates. Spread mixture evenly in prepared baking pan.
  5. Bake until set, 25 to 27 minutes. Allow to fully cool before cutting into bars.
  6.