54th Iola Winter Carnival

The Iola Winter Carnival will be held on Saturday and Sunday, February 7-8, 2015. Many activities will take place in this small Norwegian community. This year marks the 54th annual Iola Winter Carnival.

The Winter Carnival Weekend kicks off Saturday, February 7th at 8:00 a.m. with an Ice Sculpture Contest at the Iola-Scandinavia High School—everyone is welcome to enter. Contact Peggy Olsen by calling 715-445-2411 at the Iola-Scandinavia High School Art Department, to register.

From 10am-1pm there is an Ice Fishing Contest on Lake Iola (16 years and younger) presented by the Iola Lake District.

Other activities for Saturday include a Norwegian Lutefisk Supper and Indoor Craft Sale at the Iola-Scandinavia High School from 1:00 – 6:30 p.m. The lutefisk and fresh cod with drawn butter will be served family style, along with meatballs, potatoes, vegetable, lefse, and Norwegian pastries. Tickets are $14.00 each and $5.00 for children under 12. Crowning of the Queen of SNows will happen at 2pm.

Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. back by popular demand, will be Skijoring: Cross country skiing with a dog is a sport in which a dog assists a cross-country skier. The cross-country skier provides power with skis and poles, and the dog adds additional power by running and pulling. The skier wears a skijoring harness, the dog wears a sled dog harness, and the two are connected by a length of rope. Saturday’s event is a 3K at the Iola Winter Sports Club. At 6:00 p.m. the Iola Twilight Snowshoe Racing will start with, 5K, 10K, & Kid’s 800m. The Iola Winter Sports Club is located on County Rd MM – five miles northwest of the Village of Iola.

On Sunday February 8th at 12:00 noon the Central USSA Ski Jumping event will take place. Admission is charged for a souvenir button ($5). Food and refreshments will be available. All ski events are located at the Iola Ski Jumping Complex located at E398 County Rd. MM—five miles northwest of the Village of Iola.

There is a raffle during the weekend that is sponsored by Iola Lions, American Legion Post 14 and the Iola Winter Sports Club. Prizes being offered include $1,000, $500, $350, $250, 6 - $100.00 cash prizes and numerous merchandise prizes. Drawing will take place Sunday, February 8th and winners need not be present to win.

Plan your weekend now for a fun winter event at the Iola Winter Carnival, February 7-8, 2015. For more information you can write PO Box 1, Iola, WI 54945. Before the weekend call: 715-445-4005 or on event weekend call: 715-445-3411.