timberland custom boots 2018 McCall Winter Carnival
MCCALL The always popular McCall Winter Carnival returns to the Central Idaho mountain community for its 53rd year, bringing with it all sorts of fun and excitement for the entire family. The 2018 edition of McCall’s signature event runs from Friday, Jan. 26 Sunday, Feb. 4.
Each year tens of thousands of visitors are treated to parades, dozens of larger than life snow sculptures and breathtaking firework shows over Payette Lake.
Organizers have a full slate of family friendly activities planned this year (see the schedule of events below). New in 2018 is the McCall Ultra Sled Dog Challenge. This Iditarod qualifier race will span a 200 mile course throughout Valley County.
“We’re thrilled to be celebrating another year of the McCall Winter Carnival,” Winter Carnival chair McKenzie Kraemer said. “The City of McCall has gathered together to create a memorable experience that keeps visitors coming back year after year, and we are so proud of our community.”
The theme of this year’s Carnival is “There’s ‘Snow’ Place Like Home” a celebration of all that is special about the region of Idaho known as the West Central Mountains.
Snow artists from across the West always strive to come up with the most creative sculptures while sticking to the event’s theme in an effort to take home top prize.
Gallery: McCall Winter Carnival snow sculptures and parade
The annual celebration of all things winter was inspired by the Payette Lake Winter Games, which was first held in 1924 when a train from Boise brought 248 visitors to McCall. Since its inception in the 1960s, the McCall Winter Carnival has grown into an iconic Idaho event, which, according to the McCall Chamber of Commerce,
brings in more than 60,000 visitors each year.
In addition to the quintessential snow sculptures, the event features live music on Friday and Saturday nights, a vendor court, beer garden, and a number of other activities in and around McCall.
WATCH: 2018 Mardi Gras ParadeBelow you’ll find a schedule of some highlighted events happening during the McCall Winter Carnival.
Friday, Jan. “Black and Blue” Rivalry Hockey Game Manchester Ice CenterSaturday, Jan. “Black and Blue” Rivalry Hockey Game Manchester Ice CenterSunday, Jan. McCall Ultra Sled Dog Challenge: Ceremonial Start Legacy ParkMonday, Jan. Winemaker Dinner featuring Dunham Cellars Rupert’s (Hotel McCall)Tuesday, Jan. Party Bingo (21 and older) Foresters ClubWednesday,