Fur Rendezvous Family Fun: Saturday

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You can tell Fur Rendezvous is here when the ferris wheel and swings show up on the Anchorage skyline. Alaska’s largest winter festival kicks off tonight in downtown Anchorage, and even with a lack of snow, enthusiasm is high.

For most families, “Fur Rondy” represents the best of an Alaska winter, and with 80 years under its belt, the festival knows how to keep kids and parents happy. Tomorrow is when the fun really takes off, and we’ll be there, in the thick of things. Try these events and activities on Saturday, and wave when you see us in the Frostbite Footrace!

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9:30 a.m. Frostbite Footrace, 5th and 6th Avenues. It’s not the miles, it’s the costumes. Guys in long underwear, people dressed up as jellyfish. Kids in Halloween costumes. It’s all good at the Frostbite. Find a good spot to cheer on runners and walkers, and stay there, because right after comes the…..

10:30 a.m. Fur Rendezvous Grand Parade! Bundle up along the same route and thrill to fire trucks, military vehicles, music, clowns, and a reminder of what makes our town a wonderful place to live.

11 a.m.-9 p.m. Carnival. Ever ridden the Gravitron in a snow suit? No? This might be your year. Grab your kids, your wallet, and head to 3rd Avenue at the site of the Anchorage Market and Festival for carnival rides, funnel cakes, and a great view of Ship Creek and the Chugach mountains.

12 p.m. George Attla Memorial Ceremony 4th and D Streets/Fur Rondy HQ. Fur Rendezvous, and sled dog racing would not be the same without George Attla, who passed away recently from cancer. Join your community for a short memorial at the Balto statue near Fur Rondy Headquarters and pay homage to this wonderful example of living life on one’s own terms.

4 p.m. Outhouse races. Yep, outhouses, potties, whatever you want to call them, that’s what people are racing. It’s one more wacky way Alaska’s make it through a long, dark, and cold winter.

6:45 p.m. Fireworks Extravaganza! Stand anywhere above Ship Creek and you’ll see the beautiful firework show light up our night sky. Get to the good places (3rd Avenue overlooking the Alaska Railroad depot) early for best viewing, and dress for weather.

Ongoing, Fur Rendezvous Snow Sculptures, Ship Creek near Comfort Inn. Always a fun wander for kids and grownups, the snow sculptures are art created by groups wanting to show off their talents. Get down there early and watch the process unfold!

Weather forecasts show a chance of snow tomorrow, so dress for the weather, add snacks and warm drinks to your bags, and get ready to Rondy!

~EK

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