Michigan Tech winter fest starts with all-nighter

February 6, 2013 • Entertainment

Biomedical engineering major Rebecca Whitney irons a snow statue on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, in Houghton, Mich., as part of the Air Force ROTC entry in Michigan Technological University’s Winter Carnival. The theme this year is, “Heroes and villains find their powers, in these frozen winter hours,” and her [auth] team’s statue is based on the Halo video game. Students planned to work on their statues through the night. Judging was set to start at 9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Michigan Technological University, Jordan Meske)

HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) — Students in Michigan’s frozen far north are laughing in the face of the frigid weather and taking to the outdoors for Michigan Technological University’s annual Winter Carnival.

The Houghton school officially kicked off the party on Wednesday, but students have been hard at work since early January on the snow and ice sculptures that are the centerpiece of the carnival.

An all-night push to finish the sculptures began at 4 p.m. Wednesday and ends at 8 a.m. Thursday, when judging starts.

The carnival runs through Sunday with dog sled and sleigh rides, a beard contest, carnival queen selection and bigfoot snowshoe event.

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