Media Kit

We welcome any publicity you would like to offer the Ely Winter Festival. If you have questions or need an interview, please either send us an email or call our Media contact, Lynn, at 218-365-7007.

As materials are produced, we will post them here.

Thank you in advance for your kind consideration.

  • Press release (please scroll down to beneath the pics)
  • New logo (as above) – zip file of tifs

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Ely Winter Festival, Lady and Bull, Terri Schocke, photographer

Ely Winter Festival SNOW scupture, Terri Schocke, photographer

Ely Winter Festival Snow People Sculpture, Terri Schocke, photographer

2007 Ely Winter Festival Headquarters Front Porch Coffee and Tea Co.





Contact: Lynn Evenson, Vice Chair
Direct: 218-365-7007

And You Will, Too.

ELY, Mn. January 18, 2015 – You’re invited to the first big party of 2015. Ely’s Winter Festival opens Thursday, February 5 and runs through Sunday, February 15. Centered on the International Snow Sculpture Symposium in Whiteside Park, the Festival offers numerous daily events all over town, on the lakes and in the surrounding wilderness.

There’s music: Mesabi Symphony Orchestra concert. The Winton Roadhouse Blues Fest. Carvers’ Jam. A talent show. And more to come.

There are outdoor doings: Ely’s first Kubb tournament. An ice-fishing tournament on Shagawa Lake. Cross-country skiing in the moonlight. A Broomball tournament. Snowshoe hikes to Sig Olsen’s Listening Point or the Native American pictographs on North Hegman Lake. Demonstrations of winter camping know-how, equipment and dog sledding. A snowmobile scavenger hunt.

There are literary, educational and cultural events: Book Blizzard literary “speed-dating,” and author readings and signings. A movie about the first ascent of Mt. Everest. The Dorothy Molter Whirlwind. Special programs at the Wolf Center and Bear Center. An open-house at Vermilion Community College.

There’s food, often to support good causes: Veterans on the Lake’s annual Fish Fry. Spaghetti Feed for Ely Community Resource. The Dorothy Molter Museum dinner: live music, silent auction, speakers, great food to support the Root Beer Lady’s museum.

There’s shopping: the Arts and Crafts Fair. Merchant specials. Ely Winter Festival pins all over town, for a mere $5. Support the Festival, enjoy discounts on the entry fee to many events.

There’s art: cubes of snow in the park, some eight feet high, carved into unbelievable images of race cars, candles, ogres, mythical characters, runaway dogsleds, castles. Candle lit at night, they’re nothing less than amazing.

And then there’s the Art Walk. Over 100 local and regional artists fill up merchants’ windows with  400 or so pieces of their work. Delight your eye as you stroll through downtown, then contact the artist to purchase and take home the works that touch your heart. Don’t miss the artists Meet and Greet, either.

More events are added frequently. Keep up on all the fun by visiting our website: Or call: 218/365-SNOW (7669)

This activity is funded, in part by the Ely Chamber of Commerce, the Donald G. Gardner Humanities Trust, and the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, thanks to the voters of Minnesota and the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.


The Ely Winter Festival
423 East Sheridan Avenue, #2
Ely, MN 55731