In addition to six stakes worth $950,000 in purses, Laurel Park will serve up several special events from 12:30-4:30 p.m. during today's 11-race Winter Carnival. Ice sculptures will be on display in the grandstand and clubhouse entrances and the Terrace Dining Room, with ice carving demonstration from 1-3 p.m. Fans can dig prizes valued at more than $2,500 out of an ice wall. Fans can also have their picture taken in front of a 6-foot ice horseshoe, and there will be a sweatshirt giveaway to the first 2,500 program purchasers. The Maryland Racing Media Association's 2017 award winners will be recognized during Saturday's program. Irish War Cry, from the Fair Hill barn of trainer Graham Motion , was named the Maryland-based Horse of the Year. Jim McCue, photographer at Maryland's thoroughbred tracks for nearly 50 years, will receive the Humphrey S. Finney Award for lifetime achievement; Maryland Jockey Club President and General Manager Sal Sinatra will receive the Dale Austin Newsmaker Award, which honors those who have made big news the past year; and the Nancy Alberts Breakthrough Award will be presented to trainer Lacey Gaudet.