This application is for the "professional" Snow Sculpting Symposium only. If you would like to enter the Amateur Snow Carving Contest, please click on the link below (fee applies).
Each team is required to apply each year regardless of past attendance. The application is simply a way to maintain professionalism in the symposium and help EWF staff make preparations in advance.
Artists may use any non-motorized tools hand tools needed to complete their sculpture. Many artists make their own special tools just for this event.
Many artists bring quite a bit of equipment with them and are allowed to drive into the park to unload their equipment as long as they are respectful to others. Vehicles may be left on site on Thursday and Friday morning but must be parked outside the park staring at Noon on Friday. Artists may still drive in to unload after that time but must immediately exit the park once unloaded.
This is a non-profit event and a majority of the funds for this event come from grants and fundraising. We do realize that it is expensive for artists to travel to Ely so we provide the following compensation:
Note: Applications for the 2023 symposium are currently closed. Check back in late 2023 to apply for the 2024 festival.
The Ely Winter Festival is made possible by donations from people like you. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit and deeply appreciate your gifts!