2022 Individual Block Ice Carving Competition, Artisan Division

The 2022 Individual Block Ice Carving Competition, Artisan Division, starts on January 30 at 9 AM.

Each artisan team will be given 6 suspenseful hours and a couple blocks of ice to bring their frozen masterpieces to life. The Individual Block Ice Carving Competition is guided by a strict set of rules, requiring artists to utilize their best creative thinking and remain incredibly attentive to every detail. Judging immediately follows the completion of the contest.

Be sure to check out the live carvings and the completed designs, which will be on display in Rice Park for the duration of Winter Carnival (weather carnival)!

 

Winter Carnival Puzzle Contest

Are you a master at putting puzzles together? Then this is an event for you! Grab your friends or come with your family for a dueling puzzle competition.

Prizes will be awarded to the first 3 teams in each category to complete their 500 piece puzzle in the 2 hour time slot.

The puzzle is manufactured by the company behind PuzzleTwist® branded jigsaw puzzles and will be a special keepsake! The competition will be split into four divisions – 4 people per team:

TO REGISTER: Click on the bracket below and that will take you to the form.

Adult Bracket 1  (Experts and Adults) (Puzzle 1) SPOTS STILL OPEN

Adult Bracket 2  (Puzzle 1)  FULL

Adult Bracket 3  (Puzzle 1) FULL

Family Bracket (Puzzle 2) SPOTS STILL OPEN

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Check-in opens at 8 a.m. Onsite registration will also be available as space allows.

*REVISED* Schedule of Events

8:00 AM – Expert/Adult Check in 
8:15 AM –  Expert/Adult Begins
9:45 AM – Expert/Adult Ends

10:00 AM –  Adult 2 Check in
10:15 AM – Adult 2 Begins
12:15 PM – Adult 2 ends

12:30 PM –  Adult 3 Check in 
12:45 PM – Adult 3 Begins
2:45  PM – Adult 3 Ends

3:00 PM –  Family Check in 
3:15 PM – Family Begins
5:15  PM – Family Ends

**The same Puzzle will be used for all adult competitions**

Sponsored by 

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ZakCo Puzzleboards, our family-owned business in the Catskill Mountains of Upstate New York is where we design and create practical woodworks for the puzzle community.  We cater to all puzzler personalities and are in constant contact with a vast number of dissectologists who are helping evolve our product line. Our mission is to create products that truly enhance a puzzlers experience, while spreading a message about sustainability and charity. We are lucky to have been involved with some significant interior and exterior woodworking projects in New York City and Upstate New York from which we have gathered useful experience as well as high quality materials.

 ZakCo takes great care to ensure the full satisfaction of our customers and we hope to keep learning and improving with each day, sale and event.   Good luck to all contestants!!

ZAKCO PUZZLEBOARD PRIZES

Each member of each 1st place team for all 4 competitions will receive a ZakCo 500 (Value $150 each) 18” x 24” Board for 500 piece puzzles

Each member of each 2nd place team for all 4 competitions will receive a ZakCo Mini-board with Mini Puzzle (Value $50) 10” x 10” Board for Small Puzzles (Assorted Hardwoods)

Each member of each 3rd place team for all 4 competitions will receive a Box Top Holder   (Value $25) Assorted Hardwoods (Walnut, Cherry, Maple)    

Winter Carnival puzzler participants can visit the ZakCo Etsy store and use the code WINTER15 for a 15% discount on all products.      

 

Saint Paul Winter Carnival Ice Carvings

In progress and finished carvings may be viewed throughout the Winter Carnival.

This signature Winter Carnival event returns as blocks of ice are transformed into beautiful masterpieces. Endless photo opportunities are available in Rice Park during the competition, as well as with the completed creations.

Both team and individual ice carving 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 and selected by the Selection Committee.

The final designs can be viewed throughout Rice Park during the 10 days of Carnival (January 28-February 6, 2022).

 

2022 Multi-Block Ice Carving Competition

The 2022 Multi-Block Ice Carving Competition starts Thursday, January 27 at 7 pm and ends Saturday, January 29 at 7 pm.

Each team will be given 48 suspenseful hours and several blocks of ice to bring their frozen masterpieces to life. The Multi-Block Ice Carving Competition is guided by a strict set of rules, requiring artists to utilize their best creative thinking and remain incredibly attentive to all details. Judging immediately follows the completion of the contest.

Be sure to check out the live ice carving and the completed designs, which will be on display in Rice Park for the duration of Winter Carnival (weather permitting)!

2020 Saint Paul Winter Carnival

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: the 134th Saint Paul Winter Carnival, the “Coolest Celebration on Earth” since 1886. The Winter Carnival continues to bring family-friendly events and community pride to Saint Paul and the Twin Cities metro area. 

  • Most events are FREE and open to the public.
  • Events primarily take place in downtown Saint Paul, in and around the Landmark Center, as well as at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. 
  • Enjoy live entertainment, walk through the ice sculpture garden, watch the ice carvers create frozen masterpieces, visit vendor booths, and more!
  • Enjoy hot mulled wine, beer, and other beverages at the Ice Bars.

2019 Red vs. Blue Bartender Challenge

Please join us at the Ambassadors’ Spring Fundraiser, the Red vs. Blue Bartender Challenge. Come support your favorite Winter Carnival characters as they battle for the title of Greatest Bartender in the Realm! Watch the competitors go head-to-head in five grueling rounds that will put their talents and their charm to the test.

Show your allegiance to Red or Blue by tipping your favorite bartender(s). The tips will be totaled at the end of each round. The bartenders with the most tips on either side will compete in the Championship Round to determine the winner of the challenge.

Only one side can win! Who will you choose?

Hops & Hounds

If dogs are our best friends, then Minnesota craft beer comes in at a very close second in our book. Grab your favorite four-legged pooches and your human friends too for the inaugural Hops & Hounds event at the 2019 Saint Paul Winter Carnival. Bundle up and head on over to Kellogg Mall Park on February 3, 2019, for beer, door prizes, contests, treats, games, adoptable pups, and more!

The St. Paul Police Department’s Therapy Dog, Sargent Fuzz will be roaming around the park as well! He has been a friendly addition to community events for years, and is looking forward to meeting all of our Winter Carnival guests!

If you’re an animal shelter or vendor looking to get involved with this event please fill out the attached form and return to events@spfhf.org by January 10th for consideration.  

 Hops & Hounds Vendor Application

Don’t care to drive?  Visit Metro Transit to plan your trip, get maps, schedules and fare information.  Metro Transit is providing FREE rides to the 2019 Saint Paul Winter Carnival and Vulcan Snow Park on February 3. Just click on the icon below, fill out the form, and submit to download your FREE Metro Transit Ride Pass.

2019 Ledermann Boot Hockey Tournament

Join us for some friendly competition, & participate in one of Minnesota’s greatest winter outdoor sports: boot hockey! While no experience is required, participants must be at least 21 years of age or older. We will assign registered players randomly to teams of 5 to 6 people the day of the event.

To register and to view the rules and regulations, please fill out THIS FORM and email it to Jason Ledermann at jjleder@hotmail.com.

Don’t care to drive?  Visit Metro Transit to plan your trip, get maps, schedules and fare information.  Metro Transit is providing FREE rides to the 2019 Saint Paul Winter Carnival and Vulcan Snow Park on February 2. Just click on the icon below, fill out the form, and submit to download your FREE Metro Transit Ride Pass. 

2019 Fancy Hotdish Competition

Witness local culinary greats compete in one of the most cut-throat competitions Minnesota has to offer: the 2nd Annual Fancy Hotdish Competition, hosted by The Lexington and delivered by US FOODS.

Chefs will be judged on creativity, taste, presentation and the use of ingredients while whipping up their unique hotdish to see who will reign supreme. Plus, you’ll have a chance to sample the entries and cast your vote to determine the People’s Choice winner! 

Admission tickets can be purchased below for $50 per person and includes access to this tasty event and two (2) drink tickets. You must have a ticket to attend.

Chefs Competing From:
  • Pajarito
  • Revival
  • The Lexington
  • Augustine’s Bar
  • Iron Ranger
  • Zamboni’s 
  • Sweet Pea’s

                   

2018 Winners

1st Place:
Red Cow | Not Tot Hotdish; Smoked Short Ribs and American Cheese-fried Risotto

2nd Place:
Joan’s in the Park | Beef Tenderloin Puff Pastry Hotdish

3rd Place:
Revival | Tennessee Hot Chicken Hotdish

Get Tickets

 

Freeze Your Bags Off Tournament

Take part in the third annual “Freeze Your Bags Off” Frozen Bean Bag Tournament.  This is a 16-team bean bag tournament that takes place on 4th Street near the James. J. Hill Library in Rice Park.  It is outside so come prepared!

This year, the bean bag tournament will run from Feb. 9th through Feb. 10th. On February 9th it will start at 7 p.m. and Feb. 10th at noon, so you can choose which day to participate or come for both!

The tournament requires pre-registration to participate. Cost is $25.00 per team. Entry fee includes entrance into the tournament; 2 drink tickets for the ice bar (non-alcoholic options available for participants under 21) and prizes for winning teams. Click here to register                         

 

Fancy Hotdish Competition

Witness a true Minnesotan cook-off at the premiere Fancy Hotdish Competition, presented by Kowalski’s Market & US Foods,

on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at The Lexington in Saint Paul from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Schedule:

4 p.m. – Cocktail Hour

5 p.m. – Competition Starts

During the pivotal challenge, 7-8 local chefs will go head to head in this riveting competition to reveal who can dish up the best Fancy Hotdish!

Come for the unique combinations, stay for the samples and to vote for your favorite as the People’s Choice!

Chefs competing from:

  • Kowalski’s
  • The Lexington
  • Joan’s in the Park
  • Revival
  • Pajarito
  • Saint Paul Grill
  • Red Cow

Esteemed Judges:

  • Marjorie Johnson, Blue Ribbon Baker
  • Jack Riebel, The Lexington
  • Bob Kowalski, Kowalski’s Market
  • Jess Fleming, Pioneer Press
  • Winter Carnival Royalty

 

    

Individual Block Ice Carving Competition

The Individual Block Ice Carving Competition will be held Saturday, February 3.

Each competitor (Professional and Artisan) will receive 1 ½ – 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 9:00 a.m. and will be stopped promptly at 3:00 p.m. for judging.

Completed designs will be on display throughout the Winter Carnival. Check out the live competition on February 3 or stop by to see the final masterpieces!

Click here to enter the competition

Multi-Block Ice Carving Competition

The 2018 Multi-Block Ice Carving Competition starts Thursday, January 25 and ends Saturday, January 27.

Each contestant or team will be given 48 hours and 20 blocks of ice sized approximately 40″ x 20″ x 10″ to complete their ice sculpture. Finished carvings must be no more than 12′ above the ground and no wider than 12′ by 10′. Judging will take place immediately following completion of the contest.

Completed designs will be on display throughout the Winter Carnival. Check out the live competition January 25-27 or stop by to see the final masterpieces!

Click here to enter the competition

 

2019 Saint Paul Winter Carnival

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: the 133rd Saint Paul Winter Carnival, the “Coolest Celebration on Earth” since 1886. The Winter Carnival continues to bring family-friendly events and community pride to Saint Paul and the Twin Cities metro area. 

  • Most events are FREE and open to the public.
  • Events primarily take place in downtown Saint Paul, in and around Kellogg Mall Park and the Landmark Center, as well as at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. 
  • Enjoy live entertainment in Kellogg Mall Park, watch ice carvers compete to create the best masterpiece, visit vendor booths, and more!
  • Enjoy hot mulled wine, beer, and other beverages at the ice bar in Kellogg Mall Park.