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Ice Carnival - A Clarkson tradition.

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Ice carnival 2013 kicks off on Sunday, January 27 with a bonfire and s’mores. Throughout the week, students will enjoy human dog sled & soapbox races; ice forts and snow sculpture competitions and Ugly Sweater Day!  It wraps up on Saturday February 2 with a student-alumni  trip to Ottawa for Winterlude , followed by the late night Ice Ball where this year’s king and queen will be crowned.

Relive the memories of Ice carnivals past and keep up with what is happening this year, photos of this year’s carnival will be uploaded every day during carnival week.

Share your memories and join the discussion on Clarkson FB page. 

Schedule of Events

Sun, January 27 Ice Carnival Kickoff
Outside Student Center, 4-8 p.m. Cookout, s’mores, hot chocolate, introduce each group competing,a pie-eating contest, frozen t-shirt contest.

Mon, January 28 Window Painting Judging
Forum, 4-5 p.m. Windows completed by this date and judged by Digital Arts faculty

Tues, January 29 Dog Sled & Soapbox Races
Bagdad Field, 6 p.m. Human Dog Sled & Soapbox races 

Wed, January 30 Ice Fort, Snow Sculpture, and Snow Man competition.
 Forum, 5-6 p.m. In case of no snow, can decorate cardboard snowmen indoors. Judging happens that day
Thurs, January 31 Skits & Lip-Sync Competition
Forum, 8-10 p.m. Ice Carnival Halftime Show (Skits)

Fri, February 1 Ice Carnival Happy Hour
Club 99, 5-6 p.m. Alumni, staff and students are invited to stop by Club 99 before the men's hockey game to get their picture taken with the Knight and receive a free CU gift.

Sat, February 2


9 a.m. -10 p.m. Trip to Ottawa for Winterlude
10 p.m. - 2 a.m.  Ice Ball (King and Queen are crowned)

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Select Ice Sculpture Memories from our Alumni and Friends on Facebook

Tracy Simmonds Westover: "We are totally reminiscing our college days!"

Joanne Crawford, Potsdam native "This makes me miss Potsdam..."

Carolyn Ball Gibson, Norwood resident "Loved those ice sculptures-that used to be a family activity of ours-a drive to Potsdam to see all the sculptures!"

Stephen Savard (alumnus) "You can tell we go to an engineering school because how else are you going to get that made out of ice?"

Victoria L Hayek: "I remember those cold, beautiful times."

Pete Vars, alumnus: "I remember pulling all-nighters working on the sculpture and getting into snowball fights with TKE across the street."

Bonnie Hoover (Potsdam native) : "Oh here come the good memories. I loved all the ice sculptures by the students!!"

Allen Jerabeck, alumnus : "My parents used to tell me all about these. I so wish we did these while I was at Clarkson. Bring back ice carnival!"

Peter Straub, former Potsdam resident : "The Ice Carnival statues of "old" were part of my introduction to live in Potsdam when we moved north in '57. They were magic to this little guy"

Robin Wolpin: (Potsdam native) "The creativity, work, and pride that went into the sculptures was incredible. It was good, clean fun and it provided all of us kids wo grew up in Potsdam such awesome memories."