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.  

 

Tomato Soup & Caprese Gourmet Grilled Cheese – Cooking with the Royal Family

Cooking with the Winter Carnival Royal Family!

Segment #1 – Tomato Soup & Caprese Gourmet Grilled Cheese w/ Basil Garlic Butter
Dan Moran – 2020 Zephyrus, Prince of the West Wind: From the Royal House of LCS Company

 

Tomato Soup Recipe

  • 2 TBS Butter
  • 1 TBS Olive Oil
  • 1 Clove of Fresh Garlic Chopped
  • 1/2 cup Diced Onion
  • 1 (12 oz) can Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups Chicken Stock
  • 1/2 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 cup V-8 Tomato Juice 
  • Salt/Pepper to Taste
  • 2 TBS Cornstarch 
1) In a 2 quart sauce pan heat the olive oil once heated add the garlic and onions to saute. Once light brown in color add butter to melt.
2) Add Chicken Stock, Diced Tomatoes, and V-8 Tomato Juice bring to a boil.
3) Add Heavy Cream, Salt and Pepper to Taste 
4) Dilute cornstarch in 1/4 cup of water while at a boil add cornstarch for desired thickness

5) When dished up at fresh Shredded Parmesan Cheese

Caprese Gourmet Grilled Cheese

  • 2 pieces of desired bread
  • 2 TBS Basil Garlic Butter ( see recipe below)
  • 8 pieces Fresh Mozzarella Cheese
  • 6 pieces Sliced Roma Tomatoes
  • 1 TBS Balsamic Glaze
 
Basil Garlic Butter
  • 2 TBS Butter soften
  • 1 TSP chopped Basil
  • 1 TSP chopped Fresh Garlic
1) Spread 1 TBS Basil Garlic Butter on one side of both pieces of bread heat large frying pan lay bread butter side down. Have frying pan on medium heat.
2) Add 4 slices of mozzarella to each piece of bread. Heat the tomatoes quickly flipping on both sides once warm add to one piece of bread with cheese on it.
3) Add Balsamic glaze by drizzling on the tomatoes put sandwich together remove from heat and cut in half triangle shaped.
 
Zephyrus 2020 Dan Moran

SPFHF COVID-19 Update

Dear SPFHF members, volunteers, and beyond: 

In these unprecedented times, I wanted to reach out to share that you, your family, friends, and colleagues are in our thoughts. 

We are all concerned and things are changing quickly—each day feels like five news cycles. Our first priority is the health and safety of our staff, visitors, and volunteers. As we navigate through a constantly changing situation, I would like to assure you that we are looking to the future and planning ahead for the latter half of 2020 as well as the 135th Saint Paul Winter Carnival celebration in 2021.  

The future of events is changing. Before COVID, we have watched this happen over the last few years as expenses continue to raise and pressure on sponsor dollars has increased.  The event world and what our foundation can produce have changed with the current climate of COVD-19. 

Not only will we see increased regulations and expenses, it will be harder to raise the funds we need to produce events.  We expect sponsor dollars and budgets to be down because our partners are dealing with the same situations during this shutdown.  We are being smart, hopeful and committed to moving forward.  We don’t know what the rest of the year will bring, never mind the next month but our CEO and Board are thinking long-term about what is best for the organization’s mission and purpose. Below are some updates from the past few weeks:

SPFHF Updates:

  • Our Cinco de Mayo Event has been postponed to what we hope is a date in the Fall, based on the CDC guidelines that came out a few weeks ago. However, we will still be celebrating on Saturday, May 2nd. You can watch last year’s parade on Facebook, see the Virtual Car, Truck & Bike, show presented by Post Consumer Brands and more on our Cinco de Mayo FB page!
  • Sip & Savor Fundraiser will also be postponed until the Fall, in order to create a safe experience for all.
  • With the loss of Cinco de Mayo and Sip & Savor, our year end (May 31st) budget projections are showing a loss.
  • In our slimmest, our monthly expenses – included; rent, insurance, utilities, payroll, etc. Currently, there is no revenue coming in to support these expenses with the postponement of our events.
  • We had to make the unfortunate decision to let go of our two 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.
  • 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. We thank them for their quick response to the Governor’s directive and making sure we were compliant when we had to move quickly to follow the shutdown guidelines.
    • With the bars closed, we are expecting to lose in excess of $30,000 in net revenue to the Foundation without our charitable gambling activities.
  • We are watching the CARES Act information closely and have filled out several applications for funding.
  • Our President & CEO, Deb Schaber, is working remotely as Landmark Center is closed.
  • All SPFHF Board meetings are now held virtually via conference calls. The executive team is meeting once a week as to keep on top of breaking news.

How Can YOU Help?   

  1. Be a member of the SPFHF Foundation:

Now more than ever your support is needed.  Membership dollars and are dedicated to the general operating fund of the Saint Paul Festival & Heritage Foundation. Corporate, family and individual membership support provides for year-round administration and management necessary to ensure the continued growth and success of the Saint Paul Winter Carnival and Cinco de Mayo. Membership runs concurrent with our fiscal year, June 1, 2020 – May 31, 2021.

*If you became a new member in January prior to Carnival, you will need to renew by May 31 to keep your membership current.

NOW is the time to join or renew 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 members.

  1. Give online and attend events:
  • The Sip & Savor Event scheduled for May 22nd has also been postponed and we are moving the event at Landmark Center in early October. Tickets are on sale now!
  • We’ll also be producing a virtual series of special events & happenings throughout the month of May. We are strategizing the details but look to fundraise with special ‘Royal’ guests and VIP sponsors via Zoom, You Tube and our Facebook page.
  • Our SPFHF Golf Tournament is still a go for June 29th. Sign up today or sponsor a hole:
  • Johnny Walker Scotch Tasting & 5 Course Dinner is happening on June 4th at Doubletree Downtown. Register today!:
  • Make a direct donation to the Foundation:
    • https://www.wintercarnival.com/make-a-donation/
  • Volunteer!
    • We are looking for volunteers to join several of our committees; Sip & Savor, Marketing, Fundraising, Virtual Events, Winter Carnival Festival Planning Committee. There are also projects you could work on from home like data entry, stuff mailers, phone calls, etc.   If you are interested in learning more, please email us at info@spfhf.org.

These are unprecedented times. If you have questions, concerns, 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.

Amy Mauzy

SPFHF Board Chair

Call for ’20-’21 Board Nominations!

SAINT PAUL FESTIVAL AND HERITAGE FOUNDATION
Board of Directors Nomination & Application Process

The Saint Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation (SPFHF) is the proud producer of the Saint Paul Winter Carnival and Cinco De Mayo West Side. The SPFHF annually seeks new candidates to fill vacated Board Positions. We are looking for candidates who have been supporters of the SPFHF as past and current members, volunteers, community partners, sponsors or past uniform group
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Click below for a document designed to provide you information regarding Board obligations and Committee assignments. Board terms generally run for three years. (June-May)

Nomination Process:
If you are interested in becoming a new Board Member please provide a resume highlighting your past and present volunteer experiences, membership with past and current civic and charitable organizations. Your resume should also include a brief statement of your occupational job skills.
Along with your resume, include your responses to the following:
1. I am interested in serving on the SPFHF Board of Directors because…
2. I believe that my skills and experience in (for example – finance, marketing, membership development, fundraising, etc.) would benefit the Board of Directors because…
3. If elected to serve on the Board of Directors, I would like to serve on the following two board committees and two event committees and why. (for example – finance, marketing, membership development, fundraising, etc.) – see full list attached.

Please note that submitting information does not guarantee Board placement.  The Nomination and Board Development Committee will review all applicants with respect to the needs of the current Board of Directors.  This includes, but is not limited to, skills needed to carry out Board functions and strategic plans, representation of various groups, and ability to represent different
cultures, values, opinions and perspectives. 

Submit your information by April 10th to Deb Schaber at dschaber@spfhf.org or SPFHF, 429 Landmark Center, 75 West 5th Street, Saint Paul, MN 55102. Incomplete nomination materials submitted will not be considered. The Nomination and Board Development Committee will make its nomination recommendations to the current Board of Directors at the next Board meeting and voting will take place at the meeting. Notifications will take place following the next board meeting.

 

MORE INFORMATION – 20-21 Board Member Nomination Process and Expectations

2020 Minnesota State Snow Sculpting Contest & Barstool Ski Races Results

The results are in for the Minnesota State Snow Sculpting Contest that took place at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in the Vulcan Snow Park. 

1st place, Artists’ Choice and Vulcan’s Choice – “Vulcanstein”

Prize: $1,000 and the chance to compete in the national competition

Team Name: Royal and Supreme Order of Snow and Sand Sculptors and Shovelers

Names: Jonathan Baller (team leader),  Joshua Baller and Curtis Cook

 

2nd place – “Playtime at Midden Mountain”

Prize: $500

Team Name: House of Thune

Names: Kelly Thune (team leader), Lisa Imbryk, Jason Quick

3rd Place – “Spider Jail”

Prize: $250

Team Name: Snowkitects

Names: David Prom (team leader), Kyle Slivnick

People’s Choice – “The Asset”

Team Name:  Pig’s Eye Pirates

Names: Shelden Moe (team leader), Jason Moe, Kevin Wynn

1st Place Small Block Contest – “Cool Runnings”

Team Name: Playful Poignant Penguin Posse Pals

Names: David Swanson (team leader), Dan Orban and Sonja Orban

More Details About the Competition: 

Organized by the Saint Paul Vulcans, Vulcan Snow Park takes place on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds during the Saint Paul Winter Carnival from January 24 through February 2. Bring your family for winter fun and adventure!

Measuring 20 feet high and more than 300 feet long, the Giant Snow Slide will be open on both weekends of Vulcan Snow Park- weather permitting. Cost is $2 per run with proceeds going to cover the costs of the Snow Park. 

In addition to the family fun, some serious artistry took place during the Minnesota State Snow Sculpting Competition. The competition began at 8 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 24 and continued until  12 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26. Awards were presented at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26.

For the competition, several three-member teams transformed 8′ x 8′ x 8′ blocks of snow into wintry masterpieces using only hand tools. The winning team received $1,000, a trophy, and the opportunity to represent Minnesota at the National Snow Sculpting Competition at Lake Geneva, Wisc.

On Saturday, Jan. 25, teams of up to three people competed in the Small Block Snow Sculpting Competition. Each team will have just eight hours to carve out their creation on a ready-made block of snow (4′ x 4′ x 6′). The team awarded 1st Place received the opportunity to enter the following year’s Minnesota State Snow Sculpting Competition for free.

Vulcan Fun Day was Sunday, Jan. 26. Bring the whole family to see the artists put the finishing touches on their snow sculptures, vote for your favorite creation, hop aboard a Vulcan fire truck, take part in the kids’ snow treasure hunt and slip down the giant slide. Plus, there will be two Polar Plunges – one in the daytime and one at night – to benefit Special Olympics Minnesota.

For details, visit mnsnowpark.com

 

Results of the 2020 Barstool Ski Races!

Regular Division, 1st place
“MAXIMUM SEND”
Capt/Rider: Donovan McCain
Pusher: Peter McGarraugh
Mechanic: Dana McCain

Regular Division, 2nd Place
“CASTLE TAP”
Capt/Mechanic: Chuck Arvin
Pusher: Jeff Boehme
Rider: Bob Sulivan

Regular Division, 3rd Place
“KING OF THE HILL”
Capt/Rider: Brent Karpinske
Pusher: Troy Karpinske

Best in Show
Brent Karpinske
Troy Karpinske

Open Class, 1st Place
“VULCANUS WRECKS”
Capt/Mechanic: Thomas Oschwald
Pusher: David Bruggeman
Rider: Robert Hockert

Powder Puff Division, 1st Place
Capt/Pusher: Tawnee Herold

Rider: Kaitlyn Asseln

2020 Ice Carving Competition Results

Results from the 2020 Ice Carving Competition are in! This is a historic year for the competition as the first all-female team competed and took first place in the multi-block division! All-female team, Ice CaBabes, created the sculpture, “Charlotte Makes A Wish” featuring a giant spider! Team leader, Deneena Hughes, has participated in the Winter Carnival’s Multi-Block Ice Carving Competition many times before, but on teams with men. 

Top row, left to right – Nancy Petroske, Deneena Hughes Bottom row, left to right – Sarah Butala, Sally Wightkin

Other results include: 

Multi-Block

2nd – Winter Carnival Carousel 

  • John Cooper
  • John Njoes
  • John Matis
  • Tim Moore

3rd – Grand Theft Carnival 

  • Terry Reis
  • Rob Graham
  • Brody Reis
  • AJ Edwards

Single Block Professional 

1st – The Dive, Tom Schiller
2nd – Dreams of the Dragon, John Njoes
3rd – Eagle & Fish, Greg Schmotzer

Single Block Artisan

1st – The Elephant Gardener 

  • Taylor Richmond
  • Steven Richmond

2nd – Making a New Friend

  • Jim Zupfer
  • Nate Stromberg

3rd – Sea Turtle 

  • Tom Klug

Some more information about the competition: 

One of Winter Carnival’s signature and most photographed events, the Ice Carving Competition returns to add sparkle to Rice Park. The public is welcome to observe the teams and individuals transform huge blocks of ice and turn them into beautiful masterpieces. In-progress and completed creations will be on view throughout the Winter Carnival.

Using an array of traditional and non-traditional art tools (did you know a hot clothes iron makes ice clear and smooth?); the artists will compete for prizes and bragging rights.

Both team and individual competitions are guided by a strict set of rules, requiring artists to utilize their best creative thinking. Additionally, competitor’s sculptures must be consistent with a sketch that was proposed. Judging criteria also includes originality, attention to detail, technical difficulty and the utilization of the ice.

Multi-Block Ice Carving Competition: Thursday, Jan. 23 through Saturday, Jan. 25

Each contestant or team will be given 48 hours and 20 blocks of ice sized approximately 40” x 20” x 10”. Finished carvings must be no more than 12’ above the ground and no wider than 12’ by 10’. This year’s competition will begin at 7 p.m. on January 23 and will end at 7 p.m. on January 25. 

Individual Artisan & Professional Ice Carving Competition presented by the Minnesota Lottery: Sunday, Jan. 26  

Each individual competitor, both professional and artisans, will receive 1.5 – 2, 10” x 20” x 40” blocks of ice to turn into their own dazzling display of skilled artistry. As a timed challenge, sculptors will begin no earlier than 9 a.m. The pros will need to complete their work by 2 p.m. for judging and the artisans have until 3 p.m.

Treasure Island – Guess the Poker Chip Value to Win!

Join us at the Saint Paul Winter Carnival, Jan. 30 – Feb. 2, 2020.   Look for the Treasure Island Ice Sculpture in Landmark Plaza.  

  • Guess the dollar value of the poker chips that are frozen inside.
  • Take a photo / selfie with the Ice Sculpture
  • Post your photo and guess using these tags.  #TIWinnerCarnival @ticasino @StPaulWinter.  
  • You will be entered for a chance to win a $700 grand prize from Treasure Island 

Grand Prize:  $700 Value 

  • One (1) night hotel stay in the new Wolf Tower 
  • Passes to the Lagoon Water Park 
  • Dinner for Two in the Tado Steakhouse 
  • Two Concert tickets either indoor or in the amphitheater 
  • Items expire November 1, 2020.

Additional Info / Rules: 

  • An ice block is carved with the TI chip logo and the ice carver has frozen poker chips inside the block. The ice carver determined how many chips (and their corresponding value) would be frozen in the block of ice.
  • One (1) guess per person per day.  
  • Must be 21 of age or older to play 
  • Start Friday, January 31, 2020 at 5pm and ends February 2, 2020 at 3pm.
  • Guesses must be submitted by 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 2nd. 
  • Winning guess will be the actual dollar amount without going over.  
    • If there are multiple correct guesses, everyone will be entered into a drawing for the grand prize.  
  • Winner will be announced by the Winter Carnival, Wednesday, Feb. 5th
  • You will be contacted via social media, and a post will be made on the Winter Carnival Social Media pages announcing the winner.  
  • Prize must be claimed 60 days from announcement of the winner.   

 

Fine Print:  

  • An ice block is carved with the TI chip logo and the ice carver has frozen poker chips inside the block. The ice carver determined how many chips (and their corresponding value) would be frozen in the block of ice.
  • The winner is responsible for any federal, state or local taxes.
  • Winner shall be solely responsible for Federal, State and local taxes.
  • Winners will be required to show valid State or Federal photo ID (no photos or copies) and should be prepared to state Social Security Number in order to receive their prize. In the event that a winner does not have a government issued ID (valid or otherwise) with them and the winners’ identity cannot be verified, the winner will forfeit the prize. All non U.S. citizens are required to pay taxes (30%) up front before receiving their prize.
  • Management reserves the right to change any promotion at any time.
  • Any dispute or situation not covered by the referenced rules will be resolved by the St Paul Winter Carnival.

Saint Paul Festival & Heritage Foundation: 
Entrant constitutes permission for the Saint Paul Festival & Heritage Foundation or its designated agents to use entrant’s name and or photograph for promotional purposes.  The winner is responsible for any federal, state or local taxes.  Winner must be 21 years of age or older.  No purchase necessary.  Need not to be present to win.  The employees and immediate families of the Saint Paul Festival & Heritage Foundation, as well as its board of directors are not eligible to win the drawing.  One entry per person per day, need not be present to win.  For more information please contact 651-223-7400.  

Partnership with Northern Soda Company

We’ve partnered with the Northern Soda Company on two custom flavored sodas for the 2020 Winter Carnival. The blue can, King Boreas Ice, is an icy blue lemon soda, and the red can, Vulcanus Rex Cream Soda, is a vanilla cream soda with a hint of cinnamon. Enjoy the flavors at the Winter Carnival Ice Bars, or in a cocktail in the Baileys Warming House.

Portions of the proceeds will go back to support the Saint Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation. 

4 Packs are for sale at the Winter Carnival headquarters as well.

Prices: 

Single Can – $2.50 

4 Pack – $10

8 Pack – $20 

Case of 24 – $50 

 

What’s New in 2020!!

It’s the first Carnival of the decade, so we are showcasing some great new events! We can’t wait for you to experience all the new events and activities we have planned, from kids’ snow activities, a mobile ice fishing competition, entertaining bingo, an international themed market, Olympic athletes, and SO MUCH MORE! 

Ice Fishing Competition

January 1 at 8 a.m. until February 2 at 5 p.m.

This year, Winter Carnival organizers are bringing back the ice fishing contest with a modern hook. Anglers of all ages are encouraged to compete in the new month-long fishing tournament using the mobile app, FishDonkey. Big prizes are at the end of the line in the categories of: Largest Walleye; Largest Northern Pike; Shortest Fish; Stringer of 3 Fish (largest combo of any three crappie, bluegill, sunfish or perch); King of Winter (longest fish of any species not mentioned). Plus, one random contestant will catch the title of Winter Carnival Super Fan!

Kids Snow Box on Landmark Plaza.

Saturday, January 25 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Kids of all ages can build their own royal fortresses using Create A Castle, a fantastic and fun collection of molds created to help families build snow (and sand!) castles. The Toy Association proclaimed it a finalist for the 2020 Toy of the Year!

Afton Alps Riglet Snowboarding Demonstration on Landmark Plaza.

Saturday, January 25 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Bring the little ones (ages 5 and under) for a fun and engaging environment to teach the basics of snowboarding.

Afton Alps Apres Ski Happy Hour in the Baileys Warming House on Landmark Plaza.

Saturday, January 25 4 – 6 p.m.

Activities will include a fashion show and the chance to win Afton Alps lift tickets.

Bingo & Bloody Marys in the Baileys Warming House.

Sunday, January 26 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. & Sunday, February 2 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Enjoy some delectable brunchy bevvies while you make dots with your dauber! Bloody Marys, Mimosas, and of course, Baileys and Coffee, will be served.

Drag Queen Bingo in Landmark Center.

Wednesday, January 29 7 – 9:30 p.m.

You’ve never played bingo like this “B4!” The evening’s hostesses will include Crystal Belle (National Showgirl at Large 2017), Onya Deek (Empress 27 of the Imperial Court of Minnesota), Nikki Vixxen (All American Goddess 2018), and Vanessa Taylor (former Miss Gay Iowa USA and former Miss Iowa Continental).

Team USA Journey Presented by OREO on Landmark Plaza.

Friday, January 31 4 – 9 p.m., Saturday, February 1 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., & Sunday, February 2 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

This sweet traveling vehicle features interactive elements; completely immersing Team USA fans as they navigate four individual rooms inside the experience. It is truly a one-of-a-kind interactive social media experience. The journey was created to bring the Olympic Spirit to fans in advance of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo. Of course, the tour concludes with samples of free OREO cookies. This attraction is free and open to the public.

Winter Carnival Global Market inside Landmark Center.

Sunday, February 2 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Join us for an international-themed market complete with booths of food, crafts and products from around the world.

 

Don’t Miss the Baileys Warming House!

Love carnival but thinking you’ll need a place to warm up? Stop by the Baileys warming house, a large heated tent on Market Street. There will be live entertainment, Baileys craft cocktails, games (trivia, bingo, pull tabs), Saint Paul beers, merchandise sales, and more! Sit back, relax, and warm up for a bit, we’ve got you covered! 

Specialty Drinks

  • Baileys
  • Baileys Irish Cream
  • Baileys Salted Carmel
  • Apple Toddy
  • Boreas Cocktail w/ Northern Soda
  • Vulcan Cocktail w/ Northern Soda
  • Blood Mary’s –Saturday & Sunday
  • Mimosas – Saturday & Sunday
  • Wine
  • Northern Soda (Cans) (Non-alcoholic) – Vulcanus Rex Cream Soda & King Boreas Ice 

Entertainment Schedule:

Thursday, January 23rd
7:00pm-9:00pm  Ambassador Kick off Social

Friday, January 24th
5:00pm-7:00pm  Sampling – Bailey’s Treat Bar
6:00pm-9:30pm  Live Music – Hydraulic Woman

Saturday, January 25th
11:00am-1:00pm  Sampling – Bailey’s Treat Bar

12:00pm-2:00pm  Live Music – Joe Hunt
2:00pm  Grand Day Parade
3:00pm-6:00pm  Sampling – Bailey’s Treat Bar
4:00pm-6:00pm  Apres Ski Happy Hour Hosted by Afton Alps
7:00pm-9:00pm  Live Music – Alicia Renee

Sunday, January 26th

10:00am-5:oopm  Hops & Hounds Event
10:30am-1:00pm  Bingo & Bloody Marys
1:00pm-4:00pm  Live Music – Phil Berbig

Thursday, January 30th
6:00pm-9:00pm  Trivia Night

Friday, January 31st
5:00pm-7:00pm  Sampling – Bailey’s Treat Bar
6:30pm-9:30pm  Live Music – The Jorgensen’s

Saturday, February 1st
11:00am-3:00pm  North Mallow S’Mores Bar

11:00am-2:00pm  Live Music – 4 Foot 2
2:30pm-4:30pm  Live Music – Ben Rogue & Ed Man
5:30pm  Vulcan Victory Torchlight Parade
7:30pm-9:30pm  Live Music – Waiting for Jane

Sunday, February 2nd
10:30am-1:00pm  Bingo & Bloody Marys
1:30pm-3:30pm  Live Music – Ken Takata

2020 Entertainment Lineup

One of the best things about carnival is the great FREE entertainment during both weekends: January 23-26 & January 30-February 2.

Check out the University of Minnesota Physicians Entertainment Stage in Rice Park for live music and entertainment featuring a wide variety of genres. Be sure to participate in our two theme nights: Country Night on Friday, January 24 and 90’s Night on Saturday, January 25.

RICE PARK SCHEDULE:

Thursday, January 23, 2020
5:00pm-6:30pm  Katy Vernon
6:30pm-7:30pm  Opening Night Kick Off 

Friday, January 24, 2020  – Country Night! 
5:00pm-7:00pm  Hitchville
7:30pm-10:00pm  Trailer Trash

Saturday, January 25, 2020 – 90’s Night 
11:00am-1:00pm  The Bazillions
1:30pm-3:00pm  Grateful Red
3:30pm-5:00pm  Kinda Fonda Wanda
5:30pm-7:30pm  DJ Shannon Blowtorch
8:00pm-10:00pm  Flannel: MN’s Premiere 90s Cover Band

Sunday, January 26, 2020
11:00am-12:00pm  Will Bauermeister
12:15pm-1:15pm  Cantus
1:30pm-3:00pm  Root River Jam
3:15pm-5:00pm  Dirty Shorts Brass Band

Thursday, January 30, 2020
5:00pm-7:00pm  Paddy Wagon
7:30pm-9:30pm  Shane Martin Band

Friday, January 31, 2020
4:00pm-5:30pm  Wain McFarlane & George Scot McKelvey
6:00pm-7:30pm  Cactus Holdup
8:00pm-10:00pm  Dan Israel

Saturday, February 1, 2020
11:00am-1:00pm  Chris Koza
1:00pm-3:30pm  MN Raptor Center
4:00pm-5:30pm  Ken Valdez
6:00pm-7:30pm  Paul Metsa Trio
8:00pm-10:00pm  Nicholas David

Baileys Warming House, a large heated tent on Market Street, will also be a “hot-spot” for entertainment seekers. Local musicians will take the Treasure Island Entertainment Stage to keep you entertained while you sip on Baileys craft cocktails and local Saint Paul beer. See the schedule below! 

BAILEYS WARMING HOUSE SCHEDULE:

Friday, January 24th
6:00pm-9:30pm  Live Music – Hydraulic Woman

Saturday, January 25th
12:00pm-2:00pm  Live Music – Joe Hunt
7:00pm-9:00pm  Live Music – Alicia Renee

Sunday, January 26th

1:00pm-4:00pm  Live Music – Phil Berbig

Friday, January 31st
6:30pm-9:30pm  Live Music – The Jorgensen’s

Saturday, February 1st
11:00am-2:00pm  Live Music – 4 Foot 2
2:30pm-4:30pm  Live Music – Ben Rogue & Ed Man
7:30pm-9:30pm  Live Music – Waiting for Jane

Sunday, February 2nd
1:30pm-3:30pm  Live Music – Ken Takata

Letter from Board Chair – Amy Mauzy

Letter from Board Chair – Amy Mauzy

As you’re reading this, a major Winter Storm is approaching Minnesota and we couldn’t be more excited! Along with the snow, the Holiday Season has arrived and that means it’s almost time for the Coolest Celebration on Earth, the 134th Saint Paul Winter Carnival!

The Saint Paul Festival & Heritage Foundation staff and many volunteers have been working tirelessly for months to bring you another free Festival that celebrates and connects our community’s history and future. As our community continues to change, this group works hard together to evolve and make sure our legacy events reflect this.

It is becoming tougher for free Community Festivals to find funding and remain sustainable. The SPFHF staff operates full time throughout the year to not only produce these major events but funding is needed to allow them to operate in a professional and efficient manner….I like to call it….Overhead. This means rental of our Landmark Center offices. Having telephones that work, internet, computers that assist with producing and mailing the tax receipts needed for businesses and individuals who are supporting us. It means paying accounting and audit firms to ensure we are compliant with city and state regulations and more. Our valued Board of Directors oversee the bottom line each month to make sure your contributions are going where we say they will.

Each year at this time we’re asked, how can I help, what can I do? And our answer is always the same, “Become a foundation member!”

Becoming a member of the Saint Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation and renewing each year is the greatest thing you can do to support the foundation that is the proud producer of the Saint Paul Winter Carnival and Cinco de Mayo West Saint Paul. Our organization depends on membership and fundraising dollars to continue to bring the events, energy, and excitement to our community…most of which are free to the public.

It is your support and connection to the foundation that makes it possible for all of this to continue!

The Saint Paul Winter Carnival has been a self-sustaining celebration for 134 years because of our valued members and volunteers! With your support we are dedicated to celebrating all things Winter for years to come!

We look forward to seeing our members at the Button Unveiling on December 7th

Amy Mauzy
Board Chair
Saint Paul Festival & Heritage Foundation

 

Click here for the PDF version. Letter from Board Chair – Nov 19