Ely Winter Festival Calendar of Events

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Whiteside Park

700 E Sheridan St
Ely, MN 55731 United States
Snow carving in Whiteside Park during 2011 Ely Winter Festival

Snow carving in Whiteside Park during 2011 Ely Winter Festival

Whiteside Park is the location of the International Snow Sculpting Symposium during the Ely Winter Festival.

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January 2018

NLAA Amateur Snow Carving

January 29 - February 3
Whiteside Park, 700 E Sheridan St
Ely, MN 55731 United States
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Various
Amateur carving 2011

Each year during the Ely Winter Festival, the Northern Lakes Arts Association (NLAA) sponsors an Amateur Snow Carving Contest. This year's contest will be held from January 29 - February 3 with judging on Saturday, February 3rd at 5:45 pm in Whiteside Park. Participants need to enter to reserve one of 20 4' x 4' snow blocks available for carving in Whiteside Park over the week. The contest is for amateur carvers and is judged according to the following three categories:…

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February 2018

International Snow Sculpting Symposium

February 1 - February 4
Whiteside Park, 700 E Sheridan St
Ely, MN 55731 United States

Professional sculptors from the area and around the world come to Ely to participate in a snow (not ice) sculpting symposium (not a competition). 8' and 12' blocks are carved into beautiful works of art in Whiteside Park.  The carvers begin carving on Thursday and wrap up by Sunday morning. The sculptures are glorious in the sunshine as well as by night lit by ice candles.  Come walk through the park while the carving is underway and watch art being…

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Third Annual Winter Festival Kickoff

February 2 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Whiteside Park, 700 E Sheridan St
Ely, MN 55731 United States
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Free

Don't miss the third Annual Winter Festival Kickoff in Whiteside Park!  The Festival's torch glides into the park. We'll ignite the fire bowl and open the skating rink, officially starting the party.

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Fat Tire Bike Demos & Ride

February 3 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Whiteside Park, 700 E Sheridan St
Ely, MN 55731 United States
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Free

Leaves Whiteside Park at 10 a.m. for a leisurely ride around the Trezona Trail and out to Winton, with a possible stop at the 3rd Annual Winton Roadhouse ice bar.  All levels welcome, no registration required (but if you need a bike, please call to reserve). Demo from 10-4. Bring your own bike or rent from (please call to reserve a bike): Spokengear 1130 11th Street,  Two Harbors, MN 55616 Phone: (218) 834-2117  

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Amateur Snow Carving Awards Ceremony

February 3 @ 5:45 pm
Whiteside Park, 700 E Sheridan St
Ely, MN 55731 United States
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Free
Ely Winter Festival Amateur Snow Sculpting contest

Northern Lakes Arts Association (NLAA), the sponsor of the Amateur Snow Sculpting Contest, judges which of the amateur teams wins prizes in four categories.   FREE and fun for all ages! Held in Whiteside Park Saturday evening at 5:45.

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Kubb Tournament

February 10 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Whiteside Park, 700 E Sheridan St
Ely, MN 55731 United States
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$30
2018 Kubb Tournament

  KUBB - the Scandinavian Summer lawn game we play in the Winter! Teams of 3-6 players compete in a round robin tournament in the morning followed by a bracket playoff in the afternoon. All ages, all abilities are welcome! Swag bags for all teams, and the top three teams win awards. Register at www.elykubb.com, cost is $30 per team.

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Meet a Sled Dog Race Team

February 10 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Whiteside Park, 700 E Sheridan St
Ely, MN 55731 United States
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Free
Wolf Track Classic

The WolfTrack Classic Sled Dog Race presents “Meet A Race Team”  Saturday, February 10th, 12:00-3:00 pm, on 7th Avenue by Whiteside Park in front of the Pavilion.  This is a great opportunity to meet a team of beautiful Huskies and learn about the WolfTrack Classic Race on February 25th, 2018.  This year is the 10th anniversary race.  We will be on hand to show you equipment, talk about training dogs, nutrition, care and a whole lot more.  This is a…

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