All the inches of snow the Upper Peninsula of Michigan gets in the winter might not be appealing to some, but one university/town way up in the U.P. certainly makes the best of it each year.
For more than 100 years, Michigan Tech University has staged what’s known as the Winter Carnival, a festival filled with activities and most noteworthy of all, some creative and jaw-dropping snow sculptures.
The year’s event will take place from Feb. 8 to 11 on the campus in Houghton, located on a northwest tip of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
The sculptures take roughly a month to build, with winners chosen in a variety of categories. Below are examples of photos from last year’s contest.
Visit this website for even more photos of sculptures and their construction.
The festival started in 1922 and is organized by the university’s Blue Key National Honor Society.
Originally started in 1922 as a one-night event where students dressed up in animal costumes, circus-like acts were performed and there were contests for speed skating and figure skating, the event has grown into one of the country’s largest winter festivals.
In addition to the snow sculptures, there is usually an assortment of outdoor games and contests.
Last year, there was additional activities such as broomball — where participants essentially play hockey on an ice rink, except with brooms instead of sticks and a ball instead of a puck — curling and cross-country ski races.