Experience the Historic Winter Carnival
The history of the McCall Winter Carnival runs deep.
The first organized event that would eventually become Carnival was held in 1924 when a group of local residents decided they’d had enough of the winter doldrums and set out to spice things up for the people around Payette Lake. They organized a weekend-long event featuring different winter activities like ski jumping, horse skijoring, and even a good ol’ fashioned tug-o-war with a box of oranges as the prize!
If you’re wondering what horse skijoring means, it’s an adrenaline-packed race that involves a skier being pulled behind a horse!
Today, the festival still offers some of these activities as well as others, including cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and sledding. With this year’s theme being: Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, and Tall Tales, we look forward to seeing all the festive costumes, decorations, and themed events. The official dates for 2023 are from January 27 – February 5.