Saint Paul Winter Carnival Ice Block Stock for Sale

This week, the St. Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation announced that stock to fund the carnival's distinctive ice-carving contest is now available.  There is a twist this year, however.  This time, buying stock in a block of ice will provide a little warmth to people in need.

When each stock is sold, $5 will be donated to Saint Paul's Dorothy Day Center to provide food for about 1,400 people.

"It's a community festival, and we believe in giving back to the community," said Kathy Bjerke, chairwoman of the St. Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation. "The Dorothy Day house is very close to where the ice sculptures are, and it's great for the community."

This the second year that the cost of the ice-sculpting event has been brought to the public. Though the ice carvings are one of the premier events of the St. Paul Winter Carnival, there were problems with the funding.  The issue was brought to the community in order to keep the ice sculpture contest running.  Though the Heritage Foundation did not meet its goals last season, members considered it a success.  This season, fundraising has started months in advance.

Because the carnival is in its 123rd year, the "stocks" will be sold for $123 each. Stock can be purchased through the carnival's Web site,, or by calling 651-223-4700. The first 123 participants will have the chance to participate in the carnival parade. All stockholders will receive a certificate of ownership.

The goal is to raise $123,000. This would take care of the costs of producing and managing the ice-carving contest.

The St. Paul Winter Carnival will be held from January 22 to February 1.  Most of the events will happen in Downtown St. Paul.

About 20 to 30 people will participate in the single- or multiblock competition. Prizes go to the first six place winners, as well as to the community's choice and the carvers' choice.

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