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McCall Winter Carnival

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Where can you see a life-sized pickup truck, horse-drawn covered wagon and sphinx-flanked pyramid sculpted from snow and ice? Only the annual McCall Winter Carnival. It isn't just about the snow sculptures, though they are one of the biggest attractions: The Idaho State Snow Sculpting Championships, which kick off Tuesday, Jan. 30, bring in a big portion of the 60,000-strong crowd that makes the pilgrimage to the annual festival. Events begin Friday, Jan. 26, with the Children's Torchlight Parade and Opening Ceremonies, which include a cozy bonfire and a first round of show-stopping fireworks over Lake Payette. Over the next several days, check out the Mardi Gras Parade (Jan. 27), live music, food and other family-friendly events, plus the snow sculptures and so much more.