The 51st Iola Winter Carnival will be held Feb. 4-5, in Iola.
The Winter Carnival Weekend kicks off at 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, with an Ice Sculpture Contest. Everyone is welcome to enter.
To preregister, call Marsha Mueller, Iola-Scandinavia High School Art Department, at 715-445-2411.
Other activities for Saturday include a Norwegian Lutefisk Supper and Indoor Craft Sale from 1-6:30 p.m. at the I-S High School. The lutefisk and fresh cod with drawn butter will be served family-style, along with meatballs, potatoes, vegetable, lefse and Norwegian pastries. Tickets are $12 each and $5 for children under 12.
Saturday evening brings a new event to the Winter Carnival: The Iola Twilight Snowshoe Race 5K and 10K, with a Kid’s 800m. The races begin at 6 p.m. at the Iola Winter Sports Club (IWSC) Complex, located on County Road MM five miles northwest of Iola.
The Nordic Combined Cross-Country Race will begin at 9:30 a.m. and the Central USSA Ski Jumping event will begin at noon on Sunday, Feb. 5, at the IWSC Complex. Admission is charged for a souvenir button. Food and refreshments will be available.
There is a raffle during the weekend that is sponsored by Iola Lions, American Legion Post 14 and the IWSC. Prizes include $1,000, $500, $350, $250, 4 – $100.00 cash prizes and numerous merchandise prizes. The drawing will take place Sunday, Feb. 5, at the ski hill; winners need not be present to win.
For more information on the Iola Winter Carnival, call 715-445-4005 or 715-445-3411.