Illustration of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox

Welcome to Winter Carnival 2018

Myths and Tales of the Past
in Our Frigid Forecast

February 8–11, 2018

Organized by Blue Key National Honor Society since 1934, Winter Carnival started in 1922 and has grown into one of the biggest annual winter celebrations in the nation. Known for huge, intricate snow statues around campus and the community, Carnival also brings Huskies together to compete in broomball, comedy skits, human ice bowling, and a queen coronation.

Winter Carnival on Social Media

View more photos on Flickr

Featured Photos


Schedule of Events

Date Time Event Location
January 12 12:01 a.m. Month-Long Statue Building Begins Campus
January 27 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Yooper Sprint Softball Diamonds
10 a.m.–2 p.m. Snow Volleyball Softball Diamonds
3 p.m.–Finish Curling Calumet Drill House
January 28 10 a.m.–Finish Curling Calumet Drill House
10 a.m.–2 p.m. Snow Volleyball Softball Diamonds
1 p.m. Cross Country Skiing Softball Diamonds Parking Lot
January 30 9:30 p.m.–1 a.m. Ice Bowling Dee Stadium
February 1 9:30 p.m.–1 a.m. Ice Bowling Dee Stadium
February 3 8 a.m.–4 p.m. Ice Fishing Chassell Bay (Check-in at Sigma Rho house)
8–11:30 a.m. Speed Skating Dee Stadium
11 a.m.–Finish Curling Calumet Drill House
7 p.m. Raffle Drawing During the Queen Coronation, Rozsa Center
7–9 p.m. Queen Coronation Rozsa Center
February 4 8 a.m.–8 p.m. Broomball Broomball Rinks
February 7 4 p.m.-12 a.m. All-Nighter Campus
8–11 p.m. Karaoke, Sponsored by MUB Board MUB Commons
8–11 p.m. Hot Chocolate, Sponsored by MUB Board near Fisher Hall
8 p.m.–4 a.m. ROTC Pancakes Fisher Hall
February 8 12–8 a.m. All-Nighter Statue Building Campus
11 a.m.–5 p.m. Broomball Broomball Rinks
1 p.m. Beards Competition Fisher 135
2–5 p.m. SnoBall Crash Course DHH Ballroom
7–10 p.m. Bigfoot Glowshoe, Sponsored by Wellness Tech Trails
7 p.m. Stage Revue Show Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts
February 9 9 a.m. Downtown Window Banner Voting Closes  
11 a.m. Human Dog Sled Race Softball Diamonds
11 a.m.–4 p.m. Tug-o-War Softball Diamonds
12:30 p.m. Downhill Skiing Mont Ripley Ski Area
3 p.m. Snowboarding Mont Ripley Ski Area
5:30 p.m. Ice Mass St. Albert the Great Ice Chapel on the Lawn
5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m. Film Board presents Thor: Ragnarok Fisher 135
7:07 p.m. Hockey vs. Bemidji State MacInnes Ice Arena
9 p.m. Winter Carnival Comedian - Josh Blue Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts
February 10 Noon Snowman Left Behind (World Record for Most Snowmen Built in One Hour) Sherman Field
5:07 p.m. Hockey vs. Bemidji State MacInnes Ice Arena
5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m. Film Board presents Thor: Ragnarok Fisher 135
8:30 p.m. Awards Ceremony Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts
9 p.m. Downtown Businesses Bonfire Waterfront Firepit
9:15 p.m. Torchlight Parade and Fireworks Mont Ripley Ski Area
9:30 p.m. SnoBall Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts

View Schedule in Events Calendar

Stage Revue

Come support your favorite organization as they put on a great show!


Thursday, February 8 at 7 p.m., Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts


$15 General Admission; no charge for Michigan Tech students


Stand-up comedian Collin Moulton

About Collin Moulton

Warning: Contains college humor

Students performing


Statue Map

Want to find your favorite organization or group's statue? Download and view the 2018 statue map that marks the locations of all of the month-long and All-Nighter statues, as well as the concession stands.


In order to accommodate Winter Carnival, parking lots 5, 9, and 27 will be available beginning at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, February 8, free of charge, no permits required. Lot 11 will open at 4 p.m. on Friday, February 10. There will be free parking at all metered areas.

Winter Carnival Safety

Michigan Tech Student Affairs and Advancement has an important safety message. With so many activities and people, here are a few tips to make Winter Carnival safe and memorable.

Carnival Rule Book

The rules, important dates, and contact information for every event Winter Carnival event. This rule book is your organization's guide to participation in Winter Carnival.

Become an Event Vendor

An application is required for any organization wishing to set up a booth during All Nighter. A $5 non-refundable fee, in the form of a check payable to Blue Key, is required with the submission of this application. All vendors must attend the Vending Safety meeting held prior to Winter Carnival.

Only registered Michigan Tech student organizations and campus departments can participate as vendors during Winter Carnival.

Organizations wishing to sell food other than baked goods or prepackaged products must be licensed to sell these items by the Western UP Health Department, or use the licensed on-campus dining services kitchen. Each organization is solely responsible for obtaining this license. Organizations violating any health department rules will not be able to distribute food during All Nighter.


Corporate ($1000+)

  • Magnuson Hotel Franklin Square Inn*
  • Inter-Residence Housing Council*
  • Michigan Technological University Office of the President
  • Student Affairs and Advancement - MTU
  • Parent's Fund at Michigan Tech*
  • Keweenaw Convention & Visitors Bureau*
  • City of Houghton
  • Wells Fargo

Copper ($500-$999)

  • Dee Stadium*
  • College of Engineering - MTU
  • Director of Housing and Residential Life - MTU
  • Houghton Super 8 Motel
  • Keweenaw Brewing Company
  • Ojibwa Casino Resort
  • Copper Country Management Inc - McDonald's of Houghton
  • Sian and Steven Marshall
  • The Print Shop*
  • Edward Jones - Steve Zutter
  • Graduate School - MTU

Gold ($250-499)

  • Provost and VP for Academic Affairs - MTU
  • Materials Science and Engineering Department - MTU
  • Social Sciences Department - MTU
  • Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics Department - MTU
  • Rukkila, Negro & Associates, CPAs, PC
  • Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences Department -MTU
  • Koppers Performance Chemicals
  • SEMCO Energy
  • Quincy Dining Company*
  • Houghton City Transit*
  • City of Hancock
  • Chemistry Department - MTU
  • Massie Manufacturing
  • Jim's Food Mart

Silver ($100-$249)

  • Dean of Students - MTU
  • Enrollment and University Relations - MTU
  • Chemical Engineering Department - MTU
  • Country Inn & Suites By Carlson*
  • University Images*
  • Aire Care
  • Aspen Appraisals
  • Ruth L. Nara
  • Peterlin Distributing
  • Superior Graphics Studios Ltd.*
  • Athletic Director of MTU
  • Bush Grubb Hines Certified Public Accountants
  • Copper Country Veterinary Clinic PC
  • Victoria's Kitchen Inc.
  • UP Engineers & Architects Inc
  • Country Village Shops
  • Julie's Motor Inn
  • Mont Ripley Ski Area*
  • Surplus Outlet

Bronze ($5-$99)

  • Quincy Mine Hoist Association*
  • David and Lavone Bush
  • Century 21 North Country Agency
  • Mariner North
  • Joshua P. Olson
  • Portage Dental Health
  • Portage Quilt House LLC
  • The Calumet Theatre
  • Dave's Hancock Service Inc
  • Gregory O. Marshall
  • Peninsula Copper Industries, Inc.
  • R. L. Kavorik DDS
  • A-1 Toy-Lets LLC
  • Festival Foods*
  • Remax Douglass Real Estate

*denotes product donor