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Students Seek to Break World Records at Carnival

Phone: 906-487-2354

By Marcia Goodrich


Last Modified 3:42 PM, July 20, 2009

January 20, 2006—

Michigan Tech’s Winter Carnival has long been famous for elaborate sculptures crafted from snow and ice. This year, students are putting the university’s copious snowfall to a different use.

In a single day, they hope to break the world records for the largest snowball, the biggest snowball fight, and the highest number of snow angels made in a single event.

It all happens on Friday, Feb. 10. Michigan Tech students will roll up a six-foot snowball in the morning. Then, in the afternoon, they are inviting the general public, including area schoolchildren in grades 4 and up, to come to Sherman Field, the university’s football stadium. They will line up in two teams for the snowball fight and then drop to the ground and make snow angels.

Students have contacted Guinness World Records and are working to get their anticipated three-record feat included in its roster. A crowd of more than 3,100 will be needed for the snowball fight and the group snow-angel fest. Everyone is invited to participate. Registration is set for noon-12:45 p.m. at Sherman Field, with the snowball fight and snow-angel event scheduled for 1 p.m. For more information, contact Travis Pierce, 906-487-3056, tlpierce@mtu.edu

Winter Carnival Kicks Off Feb. 8

For nearly two weeks, Michigan Tech students have been laboring day and night building the ornate snow statues that are Winter Carnival’s show-stoppers. They’ll put in a final marathon effort throughout the night of Wednesday, Feb. 8, finishing for 8 a.m. judging on Feb. 9.

The thousands of visitors coming to view the statues should expect whimsy; this year’s theme is “Cartoon Art for the Young at Heart.”

Carnival, sponsored by the Blue Key National Honor Society, also features a queen contest, skits, ice bowling (in which students are both the bowlers and the bowling ball) and broomball, in which teams of students play a variant of hockey wearing shoes instead of skates and using brooms instead of sticks.

For more information, visit http://www.mtu.edu/carnival/ . Photos of last year’s snow statues are available at http://www.mtu.edu/carnival/2005/statues.html

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