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Lohja, a southern city in the Uusimaa region, will host the world’s first Ice Carousel Festival and Ice Carousel Championships on February 23-24.

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Last winter, writer and inventor Janne Käpylehto built the world’s biggest ice carousel and the international visibility was unprecedented. Now the project rises to new dimensions when the City of Lohja is organizing a unique Ice Carousel Festival that is held by the Lake Lohja, in Aurlahti.

The festival will include many ice carousels, featuring ice mechanics, light and sound related sculptures.  Children will also have their own ice carousel with animals made out of ice.

The Ice Carousel Festival will take place on Lake Lohja. Picture: Janne Käpylehto

On Saturday, four teams will compete on who will build the most interesting and funniest carousel in the first ever Ice Carousel World Championships. The jury contains for example of the most famous Finn in Russia, Ville Haapasalo.

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The event is free of charge and will feature a lot of other activities, too, such as reindeer rides and ice skating.



Lohja prepares up to 20,000 visitors. The event will be arranged by the City of Lohja, with the help of Käpylehto and an extensive network of partners.

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The Ice Carousel Festival will kick-off at 15:00 on Friday, February 23. The children’s ice carousel will open at 16:00, and the big carousel will start spinning at 18:00. The Ice Carousel World Championships will be held on Saturday, starting at 11:45. The location of the event: Aurlahti, Rantapuisto 08100 Lohja