This drone video shows the setup for this weekend's St. Paul Winter Carnival

So. Much. Snow.

This is what the setup for the St. Paul Winter Carnival looks like if you're a bird.

Freelance photographer Darin Kamnetz took drone video from above the State Fairgrounds on Sunday afternoon as crews prepare for the annual winter festival, which begins Thursday and runs through Sunday, Feb. 5.

Those big giant blocks of snow shown in the video are used in various events held at the fairgrounds this year, including the Snow Park at the Fair, the snow sculpting competition and the Beer Dabbler Winter Carnival.

Carnival organizers say they use at least 50,000 cubic feet of snow (that's enough to cover the entire State Fair Kidway in at least 5 feet of snow) for the sculpture blocks, exhibition sculpture and snow slide.

Kamnetz's video isn't the only drone video from carnival preparations. This video posted to Facebook by the St. Paul Winter Carnival shows a bird's eye view of the ice block harvest.

For more information on the various winter events held throughout St. Paul, click here.Credit: Darin Kamnetz, YouTube

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