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2022 Ely Winter Festival: February 3 – 13

Get ready to celebrate 10 days of winter fun in Ely
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Snow sculpting at Whiteside Park is just one of the activities planned for the 2022 Ely Winter Festival, set for Thursday, February 3 through Sunday, February 13. The sculpture pictured above is from a past winter festival. Submitted photo.

Snow sculpting at Whiteside Park is just one of the activities planned for the 2022 Ely Winter Festival, set for Thursday, February 3 through Sunday, February 13. The sculpture pictured above is from a past winter festival. Submitted photo.

ELY — The 2022 Ely Winter Festival will be held from Thursday, February 3, through Sunday, February 13.

The Ely Winter Festival board and volunteers have been busy putting all the final details together for 10 days of funfilled activities in February. The festival will include some time-honored favorite events such as the Snow Sculpting Symposium, Ely ArtWalk, snowshoe hikes with the Listening Point Foundation, and the Great Nordic Beardfest.

There will be a number of sculpting teams from Minnesota, the upper Midwest, Germany, and Argentina. The snow sculptures will take shape in Whiteside Park.

If you’re interested in registering for the amateur snow-sculpting contest, sign up as soon as possible at www.elywinterfestival.com/amateur-snow-carving contest. Amateur individuals, families, and groups will carve from Monday, January 31 to Saturday, February 5, with judging and prizes awarded that Saturday afternoon.

The Great Nordic Beardfest is hosted by the Boathouse Brewpub on Friday, February 4, and at Ely’s Historic State Theater the second night (Saturday, February 5). For more information and registration, visit www.greatnordicbeardfest.com.

Snowshoe hike tours to Sigurd Olson’s historic Listening Point will be available through the 10 days of the festival. For more information and sign-up sheets, www.listeningpointfoundation. org/event/ely-winter-festival-snowshoe tours/. Limited slots are available, so sign up soon.

The festival committee is in need of volunteers in a number of areas, especially in the making of the luminaries. To volunteer, email snow@elywinterfestival.com.

The Ely Winter Festival extends thanks to Veterans on the Lake, Raven Words Press, Twin Metals Minnesota, Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness, Grand Ely Lodge, and Ely Family Dental for their generous support.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. This activity is also made possible by a grant from the Donald G. Gardner Humanities Trust.

Look for the Ely Winter Festival brochure that will be available at local Ely businesses the end of January. For more information about the festival and COVID updates, visit www.elywinterfestival.com.

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