The Payette National Forest celebrated Christmas in July during McCall’s Lakeside Liberty Fest and the 4th of July weekend festivities.
On July 2, the Payette National Forest along with the Payette Children’s Forest, Brundage Mountain Resort, and Choose Outdoors hosted a Christmas in July event at Depot Park next to Hotel McCall. There were a wide variety of activities, games, and learning opportunities for the whole family, along with Smokey Bear and the change to learn about the “It’s All Yours” campaign. Additionally, attendees were able to make Christmas ornaments for the tree that will make its way to the U.S. Capitol. Even University of Idaho President of University Chuck Staben dropped by to show his support.
On July 4, the Payette National Forest took part in the Lakeside Liberty Fest arts and craft event at Brown’s Park. Several types of ornaments can be made at this activity including reindeer, caribou, petroglyphs, and state symbols for Idaho.