Iola Winter Carnival Set for January 31-February 2

The 2020 Iola Winter Carnival court includes (from left): Mackenzie Kielblock, Ana Holder, Liza Gauerke and Brooke Bonikowske.

Jane Myhra Photo

The 59th annual Iola Winter Carnival is set for January 31-February 2, at various locations in the Iola area.

The fun begins with fifth annual Iola Snow Bully Fat Bike Race at 6 p.m. Friday, January 31, at the Iola Winter Sports Club, located five miles northwest of Iola on County Trunk MM. For information, call Scott Cole at 715-340-3683.

The events at the Iola-Scandinavia High School on Saturday, February 2, include: Ice Sculpting from 8 a.m. to noon; Norwegian Lutefisk Supper and Craft Fair from 1-6 p.m. Cost for the dinner is $14.00 for adults and $5.00 for children age five and under. There is no charge to attend the Craft Fair. Crowning of the Queen of the Snows is at 3 p.m. The 2020 queen is selected from the Iola Winter Carnival court, which includes Ana Holder, Liza Gauerke, Brooke Bonikowske and Mackenzie Kielblock.

The free Children's Ice Fishing Contest also takes place on Saturday on Lake Iola for children age 16 and under. The event runs from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Lake Iola, with sign up at Olson Park.

Saturday activities at the Iola Winter Sports Club include skijoring at 1 p.m. and the Iola Twilight Snowshoe Race at 6 p.m.

The Central Ski Jumping Championships begin at noon on Sunday, February 2, at the Iola Winter Sports Club.

The drawing for the Iola Winter Carnival raffle will take place after the ski jumping award ceremony at the ski hill. The top prize is $1,000, followed by 10 other cash prizes and over 100 donated items. Raffle tickets may be purchased at various local businesses or at the Iola Winter Carnival.

For more information, visit Iola Winter Carnival on Facebook.

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