Wisconsin Union says no Lady Liberty on Lake Mendota this year

Lady Liberty on Lake Mendota
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MADISON, Wis. — The iconic Lady Liberty won’t be on Lake Mendota this year, one of many changes the Wisconsin Union is making to its annual Winter Carnival due to COVID-19.

Instead of the large inflatable Lady Liberty being placed on the frozen surface of Lake Mendota, the Union will instead hold a “Winter Lady Liberty DIY Contest” this year, encouraging people to create their own “Lady Libertys” and take a picture, tagging the Wisconsin Union on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

New this year for the Carnival, the Union will offer an Ice Fishing Derby on February 6th from noon until 7 p.m., allowing people to take part either as competitors or as learners. The Union calls it their first-ever educational fishing competition and will provide the equipment to people who need it.

A variety of other events will be offered throughout the week, including sledding, snowshoe rentals, ice climbing, nordic skiing lessons and curling tournaments. A full list of events can be found on the Wisconsin Union’s website. Some events require pre-registration, but are open to both Union members and guests.

This year’s Carnival will run from February 3rd until February 7th.