Life in the Upper Peninsula is all about the snow. Snow boots. Snowshoes. Snow skies. Snow tubing. Snowmobiles.
As the snow accumulated at alarming rates over the past week, so did students love for all things snow at Michigan Tech’s 95th Annual Winter Carnival complete with monumental snow sculptures in Houghton.
Organized by Blue Key National Honor Society since 1934, Michigan Tech’s Winter Carnival started in 1922 to celebrate the large amounts of snow they experience and has grown to become one of the largest annual winter festivals in the nation. The carnival is characterized by dozens of huge, intricate snow sculptures around campus and the community. This event also brings together students to participate in broomball, comedy skits, sleigh rides, ice bowling, human dog sled races, skiing, ice fishing, a queen coronation, and lots more winter fun.
I arrived just as students were starting a broomball game. Always intense, and a Yooper favorite, broomball is much like hockey, and yet different. In North Dakota my father played with a broom dipped in melted plastic. Today players were using duct-taped brooms, a mid-sized ball, and no skates. Players slide madly around the ice trying to put the ball past the goalie. Sounds simple if you’ve never tried it!
The ice & snow sculptures were outstanding. Some were built over the course of a month and others were only given overnight to build prior to judging. Good grief, it would have been difficult to judge them. I especially liked the USA Eagle and Alaska. I was only able to transfer the one photo, however you can click on the link to view them. They’re fantastic!: https://www.flickr.com/photos/michigantech/sets/72157659833177884/with/24189066434/ and www.mtu.edu/carnival
Yooper’s especially determined to enjoy the snow, so Carnival is a meaningful time for them. Even the sleigh horses seemed happy to be a part of the event.
Whatever you do this week, enjoy it in earnest.