Head to Wild West Winter-Fest Southwest of Yellowstone in January

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Winter-Fest Fireworks

The Wild West Winter-fest enters its 13 year in Island Park, Idaho, Jan. 19-20, 2018.

This Wild West themed event seems perfectly suited for an “outlaw” town that was originally formed to defy state liquor laws, which prohibited liquor sales outside of city limits. With just a tiny strip of land on both sides of this 33-mile stretch of highway, Island Park boasts the “longest main street” in the US.

Island Park’s other bragging rights include over 500 miles of pristine snowmobile trails and world-class fishing; both of which are highlighted during the event.

Event coordinator Jackie Jensen contributes the event’s growing success to local business owners.

“Every activity is sponsored or housed by a different business or organization,” explains Jensen. “So they truly are the reason it all works.”

The festival kicks off with a torch lit snowmobile parade and fireworks. The following day you can compete in a snowman-making contest, ice fishing derby or try your hand at dog sledding. There’s also a vintage sled show, and casino night followed by live music and dancing.

For a full list of events, times, and locations visit the Island Park’s Chamber of Commerce website, www.islandparkchamber.org, or call 208-558-7755.

Winterfest snowman



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