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1265 Snelling Ave N
Saint Paul, MN 55108

January 2017

Snow Park at the Fair Annual Snow Stomp

Saturday, Jan 21 @ 9:00 am - Sunday, Jan 22 @ 4:00 pm
Minnesota State Fairgrounds, 1265 Snelling Ave N
Saint Paul, MN 55108
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Snow Park at the Fair Annual Snow Stomp

Visitors are welcome to drop by the Snow Park to see how the giant snow blocks are created. An astonishing amount of activity is packed into these two days, involving a lot of heavy equipment. (For safety’s sake, visitors are asked to stay well clear of the activity and observe from a distance.) If you’d like to get closer to the action, volunteers are needed to help build the blocks. This is a great opportunity for groups, families, and individuals.…

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Minnesota State Snow Sculpting Competition

Friday, Jan 27 @ 8:00 am - Sunday, Jan 29 @ 1:00 pm
Minnesota State Fairgrounds, 1265 Snelling Ave N
Saint Paul, MN 55108
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Minnesota State Snow Sculpting Competition

During this three-day competition, three-member teams transform 8' x 8' x 8' blocks of compacted snow into amazing works of art using only hand tools. The winning team receives $1,000, a trophy, and the opportunity to represent Minnesota at the U.S. National Snow Sculpting Competition held in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. National winners advance to the International Snow Sculpting Competition held throughout the upper Midwest and Canada. Visitors are encouraged to come often to watch as the competition sculptures and giant…

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Snow Park at the Fair Snow Sculpture Viewing

Friday, Jan 27 @ 8:00 am - Sunday, Feb 5 @ 10:00 pm
Minnesota State Fairgrounds, 1265 Snelling Ave N
Saint Paul, MN 55108
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Snow Park at the Fair Snow Sculpture Viewing

Visitors are encouraged to come out to the Snow Park to watch sculptors at work during opening weekend (January 27-29). Finished sculptures remain on display for the duration of the Winter Carnival and are individually lit after dark for a truly special viewing and photography experience. Sculptures are knocked down if they’re growing dangerously unstable, or may collapse on their own, so plan to visit them earlier in the week! Sculptures on display: Exhibition sculpture – A team of experienced…

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Snow Park at the Fair Amateur Snow Sculpting Contest

Saturday, Jan 28 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Minnesota State Fairgrounds, 1265 Snelling Ave N
Saint Paul, MN 55108
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Snow Park at the Fair Amateur Snow Sculpting Contest

Introduced for 2017, the Snow Park at the Fair Amateur Snow Sculpting Contest challenges three-member teams from throughout Minnesota to transform 4' x 4' x 6' blocks of compacted snow into works of art in just eight hours. The winning team receives the opportunity to enter the following year’s Minnesota State Snow Sculpting Competition for free. Visitors are encouraged to come watch as sculptures take shape. Winners will be announced around 4:30 pm. Finished sculptures can be viewed through Sunday, February…

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Snow Park at the Fair Giant Snow Slide

Saturday, Jan 28 @ 9:00 am - Saturday, Feb 4 @ 10:00 pm
Minnesota State Fairgrounds, 1265 Snelling Ave N
Saint Paul, MN 55108
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Snow Park at the Fair and Giant Snow Slide

The Giant Snow Slide is a Snow Park at the Fair crowd favorite. It puts smiles on thousands of children’s faces, allows adults to relive cherished childhood memories, and brings the community together to have fun. After all, who doesn’t have fun going down a hill on a sled? Measuring 16' high and more than 300' feet long, the slide will be open daily throughout the Saint Paul Winter Carnival, weather permitting (the slide will close if weather conditions are…

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Vulcan Fun Day at Snow Park at the Fair

Sunday, Jan 29 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Minnesota State Fairgrounds, 1265 Snelling Ave N
Saint Paul, MN 55108
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Vulcan Fun Day at Snow Park at the Fair

Vulcan Fun Day is a big day at the Snow Park! Bring your friends and family to play in the snow, zoom down the Giant Snow Slide, and enjoy these great activities: Visits by the newly anointed Vulcan Krewe and Royal Family Stickers, buttons, and photo opportunities! Fire truck rides – 11 am to 3 pm* Provided by the Saint Paul Winter Carnival Vulcans Kids’ snow treasure hunt – 11 am to 3 pm* If they’re old enough to walk, kids can participate. Each kid is…

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Snow Park at the Fair Polar Plunge

Sunday, Jan 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Minnesota State Fairgrounds, 1265 Snelling Ave N
Saint Paul, MN 55108
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Polar Plunge at Snow Park at the Fair

The Saint Paul Winter Carnival Vulcans are thrilled to be partnering with Special Olympics Minnesota to host a Polar Plunge event at the Snow Park. The Snow Park Polar Plunge will take place on the block north of the Kidway, beginning at 12 pm and running for 45-90 minutes, depending on the number of participants. More information: Polar Plunge information and registration » Location details » Safety information » Snow Park at the Fair events »

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February 2017

Beer Dabbler Winter Carnival

Saturday, Feb 4 @ 2:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Minnesota State Fairgrounds, 1265 Snelling Ave N
Saint Paul, MN 55108
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Join us for an annual tradition like none other—the 8th Annual Beer Dabbler Winter Carnival. With craft beer from 150 breweries, live music, gourmet food from local food trucks, and a flurry of winter activities, Minnesota’s biggest outdoor beer festival is an experience not to be missed. Held in partnership with the Saint Paul Winter Carnival, the festival is a true celebration of winter in Minnesota. The Beer Dabbler is in the business of promoting craft beer. They host craft beer…

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January 2018

Tow Up Throw Down Friends Invitational

Saturday, Jan 27 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Minnesota State Fairgrounds, 1265 Snelling Ave N
Saint Paul, MN 55108
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Tow Up Throw Down Shred Series

The Tow Up Throw Down shred series provides an exhilarating time for both participants and spectators. Participating snowboarders, skiers, and snowskaters are towed up the hill and thrown down again by bungee so they can showcase their moves through terrain features in a jam format competition. This invitational event consists of demonstration runs to test the slope and terrain features. For complete event details, entry form, and Vulcan Snow Park visitor information, please visit mnsnowpark.com/tow-up-throw-down.

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February 2018

Tow Up Throw Down X Competition

Saturday, Feb 3 @ 12:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Minnesota State Fairgrounds, 1265 Snelling Ave N
Saint Paul, MN 55108
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Tow Up Throw Down Shred Series

The Tow Up Throw Down shred series provides an exhilarating time for both participants and spectators. Participating snowboarders, skiers, and snowskaters are towed up the hill and thrown down again by bungee so they can showcase their moves through terrain features in a jam format competition. 12 pm to 2:30 pm – Session 1 5 pm to 7:30 pm – Session 2 For complete event details, entry form, and Vulcan Snow Park visitor information, please visit mnsnowpark.com/tow-up-throw-down.

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Tow Up Throw Down Professional/Amateur Invitational

Saturday, Feb 10 @ 12:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Minnesota State Fairgrounds, 1265 Snelling Ave N
Saint Paul, MN 55108
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Tow Up Throw Down Shred Series

The Tow Up Throw Down shred series provides an exhilarating time for both participants and spectators. Participating snowboarders, skiers, and snowskaters are towed up the hill and thrown down again by bungee so they can showcase their moves through terrain features in a jam format competition. 12 pm to 2:30 pm – Session 1 5 pm to 7:30 pm – Session 2 For complete event details, entry form, and Vulcan Snow Park visitor information, please visit mnsnowpark.com/tow-up-throw-down.

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January 2019

Vulcan Snow Park Fire Castle & Snow Golf

Saturday, Jan 26 @ 5:00 pm - Sunday, Feb 3 @ 9:00 pm
Minnesota State Fairgrounds, 1265 Snelling Ave N
Saint Paul, MN 55108
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Vulcan Snow Park Fire Castle

New for 2019! The first-ever Fire Castle at Vulcan Snow Park is a structure worthy of the Vulcan Fire King! Approximately 3,500 square feet, it features nine of Shadowbrooke Golf Course’s favorite golf holes re-created out of snow. Come play a round with a frozen tennis ball (clubs and balls provided). The course will be black-lit at night for even more fun. Scheduled hours are 4 to 9 pm on weekdays and 9 am to 9 pm on weekends (Saturdays…

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Vulcan Snow Park Nighttime Polar Plunge

Sunday, Jan 27 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Minnesota State Fairgrounds, 1265 Snelling Ave N
Saint Paul, MN 55108
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Vulcan Snow Park Polar Plunge

Vulcan Snow Park is proud to partner with Special Olympics Minnesota to host two Polar Plunge events. Every Plunge makes a difference for more than 8,100 Special Olympics Minnesota athletes. Special Olympics Minnesota offers children and adults with intellectual disabilities year-round sports training and competition. Through Special Olympics’ athletic, health, and leadership programs, people with intellectual disabilities transform themselves, their communities, and the world. Funds raised through the Polar Plunge help to support programs such as Young Athletes, Unified Sports,…

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February 2019

Snow Flag Football Tournament

Saturday, Feb 2 @ 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Minnesota State Fairgrounds, 1265 Snelling Ave N
Saint Paul, MN 55108
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Vulcan Snow Park Snow Flag Football

Snow. Flag football. A perfect match! Come watch the fun! Better yet, enter your team for this double-elimination tournament by 3 pm on February 1. Co-ed teams welcome! The tournament will run as long as needed for all teams to play (and will continue on Sunday if needed). Visit mnsnowpark.com/snow-flag-football for complete event details, entry form, and Vulcan Snow Park visitor information. Don’t care to drive? Visit Metro Transit to plan your trip, get maps, schedules and fare information. Metro…

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January 2020

Vulcan Snow Park Snow Stomp

Saturday, Jan 18 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Minnesota State Fairgrounds, 1265 Snelling Ave N
Saint Paul, MN 55108
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Vulcan Snow Park Snow Stomp

Drop by Vulcan Snow Park to see how the giant snow blocks are created. Better yet, sign up to be a volunteer snow stomper! The Vulcans pack a lot of activity into this day, using some pretty cool machinery. For safety’s sake, visitors are asked to stay well clear of the activity and observe from a distance. (But our volunteers get to be right in the middle of the action!) Stomping is a great volunteer opportunity for groups, families, and…

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Minnesota State Snow Sculpting Competition

Friday, Jan 24 @ 8:00 am - Sunday, Jan 26 @ 1:00 pm
Minnesota State Fairgrounds, 1265 Snelling Ave N
Saint Paul, MN 55108
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Minnesota State Snow Sculpting Competition

Come watch Minnesotan artists brave the elements to create amazing works of art. Better yet, sign up to participate! Each team (with up to three members) starts with a ready-made eight-foot cube of snow and has 2½ days to carve out a sculpture using only hand tools. Stop by often to watch the sculptures take shape and join us around noon on Sunday to vote for your favorite sculpture! Visit mnsnowpark.com/minnesota-state-snow-sculpting-competition for complete event details, entry form, and Vulcan Snow…

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Vulcan Snow Park Snow Sculpture Viewing

Friday, Jan 24 @ 9:00 am - Sunday, Feb 2 @ 9:00 pm
Minnesota State Fairgrounds, 1265 Snelling Ave N
Saint Paul, MN 55108
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Vulcan Snow Park Snow Sculpture Viewing

Visit Vulcan Snow Park to see some amazing works of art—made out of snow! Sculptures on display include an exhibition sculpture by professional snow artists, Minnesota State Snow Sculpting Competition entries, Small-Block Snow Sculpting Contest entries, and other sculptures, such as those created by students from the Metro Deaf School. Stop by often during the first weekend (January 24-26) to watch the competition and contest sculptures take shape—and vote for your favorite around noon on Sunday! All sculptures are finished…

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Small-Block Snow Sculpting Contest

Saturday, Jan 25 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Minnesota State Fairgrounds, 1265 Snelling Ave N
Saint Paul, MN 55108
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Amateur Snow Sculpting Contest

Come watch Minnesotan artists brave the elements to create amazing works of art. Better yet, sign up to participate! Each team (with up to three members) starts with a ready-made block of snow and has just eight hours to carve out a sculpture using only hand tools. Stop by often to watch the sculptures take shape and join us around 4:30 pm to cheer for the winners! Visit mnsnowpark.com/small-block-snow-contest for complete event details, entry form, and Vulcan Snow Park visitor…

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Vulcan Snow Park Giant Snow Slide

Saturday, Jan 25 @ 9:00 am - Sunday, Feb 2 @ 9:00 pm
Minnesota State Fairgrounds, 1265 Snelling Ave N
Saint Paul, MN 55108
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Vulcan Snow Park Giant Snow Slide

The giant snow slide is a Vulcan Snow Park crowd favorite. It puts smiles on thousands of children’s faces, allows adults to relive cherished childhood memories, and brings the community together to have fun. After all, who doesn’t have fun going down a hill on a sled? Measuring 20 feet high and more than 300 feet long, the slide opens the first weekend Vulcan Snow Park. Scheduled hours are 9 am to 9 pm on weekends (Saturdays and Sundays)—weather permitting.…

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Vulcan Fun Day

Sunday, Jan 26 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Minnesota State Fairgrounds, 1265 Snelling Ave N
Saint Paul, MN 55108
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Vulcan Fun Day

Vulcan Fun Day is a big day at Vulcan Snow Park. Bring the whole family for a day of snowy carnival fun! Zoom down the giant snow slide. Ride a Vulcan fire truck! Meet the Vulcan Krewe and Royal Family. Dig for snowy treasure. Puzzle your way through the snow maze. Climb the snow mountain. Check out the amazing snow sculptures, vote for your favorite, and find out who won! <!--Take the Polar Plunge or watch as other brave souls…

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Vulcan Snow Park Polar Plunges

Sunday, Jan 26 @ 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Minnesota State Fairgrounds, 1265 Snelling Ave N
Saint Paul, MN 55108
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Vulcan Snow Park Polar Plunge

Vulcan Snow Park is proud to partner with Special Olympics Minnesota to host two Polar Plunge events. Every Plunge makes a difference for more than 8,100 Special Olympics Minnesota athletes. Special Olympics Minnesota offers children and adults with intellectual disabilities year-round sports training and competition. Through Special Olympics’ athletic, health, and leadership programs, people with intellectual disabilities transform themselves, their communities, and the world. Funds raised through the Polar Plunge help to support programs such as Young Athletes, Unified Sports,…

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Barstool Ski Races

Sunday, Jan 26 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Minnesota State Fairgrounds, 1265 Snelling Ave N
Saint Paul, MN 55108
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Barstool Ski Races

Come watch (or participate in) your new favorite sporting event! Contestants race downhill on (you guessed it) barstools on skis in one-on-one heats. Barstool decorations, costumed riders, and wipeouts just add to the fun. Visit mnsnowpark.com/barstool-ski-races for complete event details, entry form, and Vulcan Snow Park visitor information.

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January 2021

Drive-Thru Ice & Snow Sculpture Park

Thursday, Jan 28 - Sunday, Feb 7
Minnesota State Fairgrounds, 1265 Snelling Ave N
Saint Paul, MN 55108
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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 the route, 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…

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