More than 60,000 people are expected to descend upon McCall over the next two weekends for the annual Winter Carnival.
This years theme is Legends, Myths and Superheroes, which means that Sharlie, McCalls purported lake monster, likely will be spotted among the figures in this years snow sculpting contest.
Fireworks, parades, snowshoe golf, ice skating and sled dog races are some of the other things you can expect to find at the festival happening Friday through Feb. 3.
The Childrens Torchlight Parade kicks off this years carnival at 6:30 p.m. Friday, followed by opening ceremonies and live music at Depot Park. Fireworks begin at 7.
The Mardi Gras Parade starts at noon Saturday downtown, with live music at Depot Park from 4 to 9 p.m.
Sled dog races were introduced at last years festival and return this year with two distances, a 150-mile course and a 300-mile course. The event is a qualifier for the Yukon Quest and the Iditarod. A Ceremonial Start and Meet the Mushers event is at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Ponderosa State Park.
Find more events and a schedule online at mccallchamber.org.