Ely Winter Festival Celebrates 22 Years

Artists Create for Snow Sculpting Symposium

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It’s a snow carver’s paradise!

The charming northern Minnesota town of Ely is embracing the winter by celebrating a 10 day winter festival. 

But what it’s best known for is its snow carving symposium. 

It’s an event that pull people out of the house in the middle of winter. 

The town will be packed with tourists from all over. 

More than 50 artists from Minnesota and Canada flocked to Ely to carve unique snow sculptures making it a great showcase for the town. 

Sherry Rovig, from Duluth, has taken part in the carving for 14 years.

She and her co-workers travel from Duluth and the Twin Cities. 

They all work together at a place called Blue Line Designs in Minneapolis. 

“So this is a different kind of design work for us,” said Rovig. 

In Ely’s Whiteside Park, the team is working on an intricate piece with a lot of flare. 

“Definitely the artistic element, but a little bit of whimsy.  So, you’ll have to see what ends up on the top of this,” said Rovig. 

The sculptors carved their creations from 12 blocks of compressed snow. 

“Right now, we are just chunking out the really large pieces of snow to get down to where we can start making it look more like what we are doing,” said Rovig. 

They started this past Thursday and many of them work through Sunday where their creations are then on display for the town to see. 

“We hope they are intrigued as they see it emerge,” said Rovig. 

It’s truly the heart of the Ely Winter Festival. 

The festival will wrap up Sunday, February 15. 

Click here for a link of the events going on.

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