McCall, Idaho, Winter Carnival Kicks Off

Highlights include 25th Annual Idaho Snow Sculpting Championship, fireworks and parades By: Skye Mayring
The McCall Winter Carnival takes places from Jan. 28 to Feb. 6, 2011. // © 2010 McCall Winter Carnival
The McCall Winter Carnival takes places from Jan. 28 to Feb. 6, 2011. // © 2010 McCall Winter Carnival

The Details

McCall Winter Carnival
With roots dating back to 1924, the McCall Winter Carnival is a multi-day festival filled with tradition, competition and camaraderie. This year’s festivities take place from Jan. 28 to Feb. 6 at various locations throughout downtown McCall, Idaho.

One of the highlights will be the 25th Annual Idaho Snow Sculpting Championship in which artists from across the U.S. West Coast compete. Their massive ice or snow sculptures are judged based upon visual impact, detail, difficulty, theme presentation, artistic merit and originality. Several cash prizes will be awarded to participants.

The carnival will offer plenty of activities for kids, including a Children’s Light Parade, a tubing hill for races, snowman-building contests and a Children’s Mini-Carnival at Alpine Village.

Adults will find events and activities that will keep them engaged as well including chocolate and bourbon tasting, bingo, a beer garden and the Monte Carlo Casino Night.

A Mardi Gras Parade with festive floats celebrating 100 Years of McCall history will be held at noon on Saturday, Jan. 29 in downtown McCall.

Also on Saturday, Jan. 29, the McCall Golf Course will hold a wine tasting event and an art auction to benefit the Snowdon Wildlife Sanctuary, which has cared for distressed birds and mammals since 1989. The entry fee is $25 per person including a commemorative McCall Winter Carnival wine glass.

And, taking place on opening weekend is the Winter Carnival Fireworks show, which follows the opening ceremonies. The fireworks will ignite over Payette Lake and Legacy Park from 6:30-7 p.m. on Jan. 28.
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