Carnival Committee

Willow has hosted this annual winter festival for more than 50 years. The carnival draws crowds and media coverage from all over Alaska and is a fun event for tourists to experience with a full schedule of events in the dead of winter. The carnival boasts one of the state’s biggest winter fireworks shows, Iditarod qualifying sled dog races, homesteading competitions, $1000 bingo cash pots, talent contests, foot and ski races, entertainment, kids games, a cribbage tournament, and food.

The Willow State Winter Carnival is also a primary fundraising event for the Willow Area Community Council. Funds raised from the carnival support culturally valued groups and activities through the maintenance of the Willow Community Center.

The carnival planning committee meets at the Willow Community Center on the 3rd Monday of each month at 6:00 PM.

Carnival Schedule

Find information about event registration, fees, and other important details in this flyer.

Thank our Platinum Sponsors!

Thank our Gold Sponsors

Thank our Silver Sponsors

Thank our Bronze Sponsors

Houston Lions Club
Rotary Club of Susitna Alaska
Snowhook Adventure Guides of Alaska
ABC Penn Jersey Pump LLC
2 Tails Mobile Vet
Sheep Creek Lodge


Download the Winter Carnival Vendor Application here. 


The Willow State Winter Carnival is an excellent place to reach Upper Susitna Valley residents and the many recreational visitors that choose Willow as their play destination. Sponsorship recognition and advertising are customized to each sponsor’s goals and level of participation. Download the Advertising and Sponsorship Packages here. Send questions to [email protected].