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.
Early in December, clean-shaven competitors sign up in three different categories (beards, goatees, and sideburns). Contestants have two months to grow the fullest facial hair possible. Finally, in an attempt to wow the judges, they show off their beards using costumes, songs, skits, and other shenanigans.