2020 Individual Block Ice Carving Competition, Artisan Division presented by Minnesota Lottery

The 2020 Individual Block Ice Carving Competition, Artisan Division presented by Minnesota Lottery, starts on January 26 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!

2020 Multi-Block Ice Carving Competition

The 2020 Multi-Block Ice Carving Competition starts Thursday, January 23 and ends Saturday, January 25.

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!

2018 Ice Carving Competition

The 2018 Saint Paul Winter Carnival has officially come to an end. However, looking back on all the family-friendly activities, live entertainment and delicious food, the 17 days were more than a success! One of the most sought out features of the Winter Carnival each year are the beautiful ice carvings on display in Rice Park for all to enjoy. These beautiful sculptures are the result of two different carving competitions: the Multi-Block Ice Carving Competition and the Individual Block Ice Carving Competition.

The two events were held on different days in order to give the sculptors ample amount of space to complete their creations. The Multi-Block Ice Carving Competition was held on the first day of the Carnival through the first weekend. Each team or contestant was given 48 hours and 20 blocks of ice, sized approximately 40” x 20” x 10” to complete their designs in time to be judged. The finished carvings couldn’t be any more than 12’ above the ground and no wider than 12’ by 10’.

Multi-Block Winners


1st Place: Les Voyageurs
Carved by: John Cooper, John Njoes, John Matis and Tim Moore


2nd Place: Palace Protector
Carved by: Greg Schmotzer

Congratulations to all of our carvers for providing beautiful sculpture to decorate Rice Park!

The Individual Ice Block Carving Competition took place on Saturday, February 3rd starting at 9 a.m. The individual competition was divided into two divisions, Professional and Artisan.

Each team or artisan received 1 ½ – 2, 10” x 20” x 40” blocks of ice to turn into their own dazzling display of skilled artwork. Just like the Multi-Block Competition, the Individual Block Competition was timed, providing the artisans with 6 hours to have their creations completed in time for judging.

Individual-Block Winners

Professional


1st Place: Winter Hummer
Carved by: John Raak and Tom Roloff

2nd Place: Ancient Magic
Carved by: Paul Hughes and Kennedy Hughes

3rd Place: Phoenix Rising
Carved by: Randy Raak

Artisan

1st Place: Boy’s Best Friend
Carved by: Jim Zupfer and Nate Stromberg

And many other spectacular designs decorated the Winter Carnival!

 

All of the ice carvings were available to view during the 2018 Saint Paul Winter Carnival in Rice Park. With each passing Winter Carnival, the ice sculptures become more and more magnificent. Thank you to all the sculptors and artisans for sharing your talents with Saint Paul – we’re looking forward to next year!

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.