Monday, February 3, 2014

Sandpoint Idaho Winter Carnival 2014

February 14-23
Like a holiday, all the best events return year after year and, thankfully, the Sandpoint Idaho Winter Carnival is one of them!

The winter season may just be the most beautiful time of year for this small, North Idaho town with its snow-capped mountains, partially frozen lake, a ski resort only minutes away, and lots of different, cold-season things to do and explore. Luckily, they want to share it with the rest of us at their annual Winter Carnival!

Just look at this amazing host of events:

Goldsprints -
Head-to-head, 500-meter sprints on roller-mounted bicycles.

Skijoring -
One horse, one skier, one rope! A Scandinavian-inspired contest featuring horses and riders pulling skiers around a course at daredevil speeds.

Parade of Lights -
The wild and crazy Sandpoint Idaho Winter Carnival Parade with its wacky floats, marching groups and, the World’s Longest Knit Cap (stretching a good block long), and more.

Cirque de Sandpoint -
Gravity-defying acrobatics, fire dancing, and feats of silken aeronautics.

K9 Keg Pull -
Dogs of all shapes and sizes pulling full-sized kegs or even just an empty beer can down a snow-packed course as fast as they can to the crowd's enthusiastic pandemonium.

Family Fun Day -
Includes a free coffee tasting, with hot chocolate for the kids, the ever-popular Dave Nickodemus Puppet & Magic Show, Creations and Waldorf School Art Projects, the Eureka Institute’s Dodge Ball tournament, and more.

Let It Glow Parade and Finale Fireworks Show -
Kids 12 and under who are intermediate or better skiers are welcome to join the ski-parade with “glow torches” for the first 100. Bring out all your portable lights to help the glow! Fireworks finale to follow.

And I've barely scratched the surface: there's also live music, great sales in the Sandpoint shops, great deals in Sandpoint restaurants, a spelling bee, after parties, before parties, winter crafts, Snowschool, Fun In The Kitchen, a Laser Light Show, sleigh rides .. if I was telling you all of this in person my throat would be sore by now - just get here and hold on!

Sandpoint Idaho Winter Carnival 2014

February 14-23
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