Let your competitive spirit loose at the 2024 Winter Carnival by joining the fun at one of the many contests and competitions. Compete against family, friends and new rivals for a chance to win great prizes, recognition and bragging rights!

Puzzle Competition

Now at Union Depot! Get a team together and sign up for the annual puzzle contest that is fun for the whole family. Prizes are awarded to the top teams in each division.
2025 Registration Information Opened on October 1, 2024 at 10 am CST

2025 Winter Carnival Ice Fishing Competition Is Bigger and Better!

The Saint Paul Winter Carnival is excited to present a month-long digital ice fishing competition. You can fish anywhere in the State of Minnesota: lakes, ponds, and rivers. Prizes will be given to the top positions of each leaderboard category. Eligible fish are limited to the State of Minnesota in an attempt to master the Minnesota bite.  All fish entered in the tournament will be photographed, measured, recorded with the FishDonkey app. How to Enter a Fish.

A reminder to include at least two photos. Please include: one pic of you holding the fish and one pic of the fish on a rigid measuring board (not a tape measure). There’s a selfie button in the app. Please review the rules available in the app under the ” i ” button. The tournament fee is $20.00 (plus FishDonkey fee of $3).

Ice & Snow Sculpting Opportunities

January 23-February 1, 2025 (February 2, 2025 for Snow Park ONLY)
The 2025 Ice Sculptures at Rice Park and Snow Sculpture Park at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds will be a fun Winter Carnival experience once again! Visit for Vulcan Snow Park information.

Ice Sculpture Competition applications are available below.

2025 Multi Block Document

2025 Single Block Artisan Document

2025 Single Block Professional Document