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The St. Paul Winter Carnival won't have an ice palace this year after all

Organizers were hoping to build one.

Just kidding, there won't be a giant ice palace at the St. Paul Winter Carnival this year. 

The organizers of the Winter Carnival are extending the annual event this year to coincide with the Super Bowl in Minneapolis, and they were hoping to have a giant, $15 million ice palace on the State Capitol grounds as part of the festivities, the Pioneer Press says.

But on Wednesday, the Winter Carnival announced that won't be happening. 

That's because the ice palace team wasn't able to secure the minimum $5 million it needed to cover the costs of the project to move forward. 

"We were faced with a significant challenge and could not resolve it with the confidence that we could both cover the costs of constructing and operating the ice palace and not negatively impact our organization's long-term financial future," the statement said. 

The St. Paul Winter Carnival will run Jan. 25-Feb. 10 this year, and it will feature "dozens" of events, including some new things. Among them: 

  • The U.S. Olympic Committee's Team USA WinterFest, including meet and greets with Olympians.
  • Rice Park will be transformed into an ice sculpture garden, filled with large sculptures, competitions, and live ice carving demonstrations. 
  • At the Vulcan's Snow Park, there will be the usual snow sculpting competitions, a giant snow slide, as well as Polar Plunges for Special Olympics, and lawn mower and bar stool ski races.

For a full schedule of events, click here

There will be an ice castle in Minnesota, though

If you're really disappointed that there won't be able to visit the giant ice palace, don't you worry. 

The Ice Castles will return to Stillwater this year. 

Earlier this month, Ice Castles LLC got the OK from the city to build the frozen sculpture in Lowell Park this winter, the Stillwater Gazette reports

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