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2017 Amateur Carving Winners

Announcing the Northern Lakes Arts Amateur Snow Carving winners for 2017: There were two winning families (because no one entered in either the “youth group” or “youth individual”): The Boersts and the Kingschmidts.  Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all who participated!  Thanks, especially, to Crapola World Headquarters who hosted the announcement of the winners.

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2017 Festival News

This year during the Festival there will be a “Snowflake Medallion Hunt.”  Two medallions will be hidden around town with clues announced daily on the WELY morning show and listed online.  $200 in Chamber Bucks (spendable in Ely) along with the collectible medallion to the first finder. 2 Gringos Mexican Grill will be running a special: $1 […]

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What the heck is KUBB?

Dave Wigdahl, our local Kubb guru, describes it as Swedish lawn-bowling that has been modified for play on snow. It’s also sometimes called Viking chess, presumably without the bloodshed and horned helmets. There is quite a lot of tossing about of various carved pieces of wood that represent a king and other chess-like characters in […]

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Winter Adventure Gear Demo Feb 6-7

Join us behind the snow sculptures in Whiteside Park for the Winter Adventure Gear Demo 11:00 am – 4:00 pm both Saturday, Feb 6 & Sunday, Feb 7. Winter is a uniquely peaceful, beautiful season to explore the Northwoods. Countless acres of frosted forests and snow-covered lakes offer plenty of opportunity for outdoor fun and adventure … especially in […]

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Apply to be a Snow Carver

Amateur or Professional, there’s a spot for you.  Are you a sculptor?  Even if snow is not your medium, you are invited to join the “professional” sculptors that make the Ely Winter Festival Snow Sculpting Symposium so magnificent.  We are expanding our Snowcarving Symposium and you are invited to apply for a spot!  If you […]

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What Does It Take to Put on a Festival?

Do you love the Ely Winter Festival?  Do you have skills in any of the areas listed below that you would like to contribute?  The Festival needs your brain power and a few of your hours! The Chair is currently performing many of the duties listed below and the plan is to  recruit  managers for […]

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About the Hegman Pictographs

Etched in stone But what these Indian drawings depict isn’t by John Husar “On the Outdoors” Duluth News Tribune Date written:  unknown, but approx 1996 Ely, Minn. – For many of the thousands of wilderness canoeists who venture here, the height of a summer voyage into the U.S. – Canadian boundary waters includes a rare […]

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