Competitions

Let your competitive spirit loose at the 2020 Winter Carnival by joining the fun at one of the many contests and competitions. Compete against family, friends and new rivals for a chance to win great prizes, recognition and bragging rights!

Winter Carnival Ice Fishing Competition

The Saint Paul Winter Carnival is excited to present our NEW month-long digital ice fishing competition. You can fish anywhere in the seven-county metro: lakes, ponds, and rivers. Prizes will be given to the top positions of each leaderboard category. Eligible fish are limited to the seven-county metro in an attempt to master the local bite.  All fish entered in the tournament will be photographed, measured, recorded with the FishDonkey app. How to Enter a Fish.

A reminder to include at least two photos. Please include: one pic of you holding the fish and one pic of the fish on a rigid measuring board (not a tape measure). There’s a selfie button in the app. Please review the rules available in the app under the ” i ” button. The tournament fee is $10.00.

Barstool Ski Races

Assemble a team, build your sled, and fly down the hill in the soon to be most attended event in the history of the Winter Carnival.
2020 Barstool Ski Race Entry Form
2020 Race Information

Puzzle Contest

Get a team together and sign up for the annual puzzle contest that is fun for the whole family. Prizes are awarded to the top 3 teams in each division.
2021 Registration Information 

Freeze Your Bags Off Tournament

This outdoor bag tournament will feature two 16-team competitions on Friday, January 31, 2020. Prizes will be awards for the top team in each competition.
2020 Tournament Information and Registration

Photography Contest

Did you capture an amazing shot of the Ice Palace or a fun activity during the Winter Carnival? Submit up to 10 of your favorite photos from the 2020 festival for a chance to win exclusive prizes!
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Sculpting Competitions

Ice Carving Competition

Sign up for one of the most iconic events the Winter Carnival has to offer. Only 12 spaces available in each competition – entries close January 13, 2020!
2020 Individual Application and Rules Artisan
2020 Individual Application and Rules Professional
2020 Multi-Block Application and Rules

Minnesota State Snow Sculpting Competition

Friday-Sunday, January 24-26, 2020
The three-day competition provides artists an opportunity to show off their talents, win prizes, and represent Minnesota at the U.S. National Snow Sculpting Competition. Teams of 1-3 members transform 8′ x 8′ x 8′ blocks of snow into works of art using only hand tools. Entry deadline is January 8; space is limited to 20 teams.
2020 Minnesota State Snow Sculpting Competition Entry Form
2020 Competition Information

Small-Block Snow Sculpting Contest

Saturday, January 25, 2020
The contest challenges teams of 1-3 members to transform 4′ x 4′ x 6′ blocks of snow into works of art in just eight hours using only hand tools. Entry deadline is January 8; space is limited to 10 teams.
2020 Small-Block Snow Sculpting Contest Entry Form
2020 Contest Information