‘Heroes and villains find their powers, in these frozen winter hours!’ Here’s hoping one of those heroes has the ability to continue the inundation of fresh powder for our winter activities. Regardless, we have the annual Michigan Tech Winter Carnival to keep us occupied—truly a heroic event!
The Winter Carnival is a huge draw for locals and tourists alike, and this year’s Comic Book themed festival should prove to be no different. Since 1922, the Michigan Tech Winter Carnival has been one of the most beloved Keweenaw recreational pastimes.
Each carnival showcases the usual winter events, including ice fishing, skating, skiing, snowshoeing, curling, and snow volleyball. But there are several more uniquely UP traditions: the human dog sled race, ice bowling, frozen tug-o-war, broomball, and even a beard competition, in which contestants attempt to grow the fullest facial hair possible. The carnival is host to the Queen’s Coronation, where a queen is selected through participation in a student organization, talent performance, and voting process.
What would the Winter Carnival be without the snow sculptures? There are two main competitions in which sculptors—usually Michigan Tech sororities and fraternities, as well as student organizations and residence halls—build monstrous, immense, and whimsical creations out of the frozen stuff. Sometimes they build these over night; other times teams spend a month on these things!
This year, the Michigan Tech Winter Carnival will take place from February 5-8. Remember to dress appropriately: don’t forget your hat, gloves, and…cape!
Visit the website at http://www.mtu.edu/carnival/ for more information.