For 77 years, the city of McCall has celebrated winter with a creative homage to snow called the Winter Carnival.
It all started in 1924 when a train carrying around 250 passengers, one of whom was Idaho’s governor Charles Moore, arrived in McCall for three days of snowy fun, including dog sled races and snow shoveling contests. The main attraction of the Winter Carnival, however, has become the intricately built and whimsical ice sculptures that can be viewed at various businesses around town. This year marks the 100th anniversary of McCall, and the ice is bigger and better than ever: Sculptures range from huge birthday cakes to outhouses to chainsaws. The best ones this year, however, are the interactive sculptures that invite folks to climb, slide or sit inside.