The 40th annual Stowe Winter Carnival wraps up this weekend with a town-wide ice sculpture contest, among other events. Despite cold temperatures and a lack of snow, locals and visitors alike have been getting out and celebrating winter.
The very first Stowe Winter Carnival was held in 1921, and featured ski jumping and tobogganing on a hill behind the public school. By 1935 the event evolved to feature competitive Nordic and downhill ski races. But then the war years came, and the Carnival went on hiatus.