Winter festivals are an effective way of keeping down on the socially unacceptable craziness often brought on by cabin fever by replacing it with socially acceptable craziness, instead.
The natives of cold places with long winters tend to pull out all the stops for these rowdy town parties. Most of the events are held outdoors and nearly every form of ice or snow related competition is included. The McCall, Idaho Winter Festival is no exception.
There’s snowshoe golf, snow sculpting, tubing races, a snowmobile fun run and a closing ceremony with fireworks over the very frozen Payette Lake.
My pick for maximum entertainment value is the Monster Dog pull. They load down plastic sleds with weight about equal to the dog’s weight. Then, they see which dog can pull it the fastest in a monster dog drag race. There are different weight classes and the proceeds go to the regional animal shelter, Mc Paws.
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