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45th Annual McCall Winter Carnival

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It's time once again for the Annual McCall Winter Carnival. This year the carnival turns 45--and isn't 45 is the new 21? In fact, to show folks that this oldie-but-goodie hasn't slowed down one bit, it's rolling out the Recession Reliever Romp. This concert event will be held at the Golf Course Clubhouse on Friday, Feb. 5, at 6 p.m. to raise funds for the annual Summer Music Festival at Roseberry and the McCall Nordic Ski Team. In addition to live music from Gizzard Stone, Nahko and Medicine for the People, The Yurt Brothers and Carter Freeman, there will be food, a full bar, a silent auction and plenty of door prizes.

While the traditional draw to the Winter Carnival has always been the ice sculptures, there are countless other reasons to make the trek into the mountains. For a whole 10 days, the town will fill with--deep breath--sleigh rides, snowmobiling, elk viewing, a backyard barbeque at Rupert's, a slew of stand-up comics, a casino night, Bingo, a dog pull, wine and art jubilees, and a fun run. There's even a Mardi Gras parade, ice skating, snow tubing and skiing at Ponderosa State Park, Brundage and Tamarack. Not to mention some hairy scary contests, including sexiest leg, hairiest leg and best beard. And don't forget the fireworks show. Basically, if you can't find something fun to do at the McCall Winter Carnival, it's your own damn fault.

Through Sunday, Feb. 7, various times, FREE, McCall, mccallwintercarnival.com.

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