Hundreds gather on Ham Lake for annual Snowbowl

Hundreds of winter enthusiasts gathered on Ham Lake for the annual Snowbowl Saturday.

The event, organized by the Ham Lake Chamber of Commerce, featured a number of activities on the frozen lake.

Paul (right) and Deneena Hughes of Eden Prairie try their hands at sculpting snow. Deneena said the couple usually sculpt ice. Saturday was the pair’s second snow sculpting attempt. Photo by Kelly Johnson
Paul (right) and Deneena Hughes of Eden Prairie try their hands at sculpting snow. Deneena said the couple usually sculpt ice. Saturday was the pair’s second snow sculpting attempt. Photo by Kelly Johnson

Events included an ice fishing contest, snow sculpture contest, broomball tournament, sled dog rides, skijoring, kids’ games, helicopter rides and a vintage snowmobile expo.

A new event this year was the Arctic Challenge, a family 5K run/walk over an obstacle course.

Paul (right) and Deneena Hughes of Eden Prairie try their hands at sculpting snow. Deneena said the couple usually sculpt ice. Saturday was the pair’s second snow sculpting attempt. Photo by Kelly Johnson Durwin White of Wyoming carves detail into the snow sculpture created by the White family, which includes Durwin, his son David and granddaughters Natalie and Jessica of Elk River. Photo by Kelly Johnson Visitors check out the vintage snowmobiles on display during the Ham Lake Snowbowl. Photo by Kelly Johnson The metal sculpture greets visitors to the annual Ham Lake Snowbowl. Those purchasing a Snowbowl button were given a chance to guess the day and time the sculpture will break through the ice. Photo by Kelly Johnson
Sled dog rides were among the many Snowbowl activities. Photo by Kelly Johnson
Isaac Bryan, 9, of Ramsey warms himself with hot chocolate inside the heated tent. Photo by Kelly Johnson Alex Roberts, 5, of Lino Lakes practices his golf swing while participating in the kids’ games on Ham Lake. Photo by Kelly Johnson Kelly Schroeder (right) helps her daughter Brooke Schroeder, 2, with her golf swing. The pair are from Princeton. Photo by Kelly Johnson Youngsters became human bowling pins, sledding down a snow hill to knock over pop bottles on frozen Ham Lake. Photo by Kelly Johnson Dogs tested their muscles in the weight pulling contest. Photo by Kelly Johnson
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The metal sculpture greets visitors to the annual Ham Lake Snowbowl. Those purchasing a Snowbowl button were given a chance to guess the day and time the sculpture will break through the ice. Photo by Kelly Johnson