Snow & ice can be miserable if you’ve have to drive to work or shovel your sidewalk, but it can also provide creative people with an excellent opportunity to express themselves. That’s exactly what snow artists in Saint Paul, Minnesota do every year for the Saint Paul Winter Carnival.
Saint Paul’s beautiful and historic Rice Park acts as center stage for the Saint Paul Winter Carnival, and I arrived in Minnesota just in time to attend! One of Winter Carnival’s signature events, the ever-sparkly ice displays, are free and open to the public and are on display all 10 days of carnival in Rice Park. The beautiful masterpieces are created by area artists using an array of tools including knives, chainsaws and other tools. This year 1,300 blocks of ice harvested from Lake Phalen will be transformed into nine distinct towers dubbed the Tower of Boreas, however many of them had already started melting when I saw them.
Volunteers also created mesmerizing works of snow art at Snow Park at the Fairgrounds. (I was there last fall for the Minnesota State Fair with 200K people, what a difference!) During the weekend, Snow Park features a host of other family-friendly activities, including fire truck rides, scavenger hunts, the snow sculpting competition awards ceremony, and a Special Olympics Minnesota Polar Plunge event. Wow! So much winter fun and creativity in one area.
Put on your coat, hat and gloves and make plans to start building a lifetime of Winter Carnival memories wherever you are this winter. Or maybe just play in the pure white canvas in your back yard. Playing in the winter is fun, easy and well worth your while.
To read the legend of Boreas, “King of the Winds” behind the Saint Paul Winter Carnival click here: https://www.wintercarnival.com/legend/