Last week's temperatures were pretty brutal, but that was all just to acclimate you to outdoor fun at the St. Paul Winter Carnival. As usual, the festival is city-wide, with events touching areas of interest including sports, art, state pride, and music to name only a few. The carnival starts with a mystery to be solved: January 18 through 29, the Pioneer Press will publish clues daily as to the whereabouts of the medallion, hidden somewhere on public property in Ramsey County. Whoever finds the treasure stands to win an impressive booty: $10,000 in cash and $1,200 in Cub Foods groceries. Those looking to watch art mid-construction and who aren't afraid of a Minnesotan wielding a chainsaw can check out the snow and ice carving competitions at the State Fairgrounds and Rice Park. Into sports? Try running the Securian Frozen 5K and Half Marathon January 24, or check out any of the special ice skating sessions open to the public. Looking to watch sports rather than participate? There are several Fire on Ice competitions, including an ongoing pee wee hockey tournament and ice racing throughout the run of the carnival. Those who loves the blues—and I am not talking about seasonal affective disorder—can check out the Blues Festival Friday, January 23 at Roy Wilkins Auditorium. There you'll find two stages of music, including an acoustic stage, and music by local favs like Maurice John Vaughn, Big George Jackson, and Eddie Shaw. For those who missed the Holidazzle, the always-popular Torchlight Parade starts at 6 p.m. Saturday, January 31. It begins at East Fourth Street at Broadway, travels down East Fourth Street, turns at Washington Avenue at Rice Park, and ends at Fifth Street and Cedar Avenue. For a complete schedule of events visit www.winter-carnival.com or call 651.223.4700 for button information.
Jan. 22-Feb. 1, 2009