Sunday, February 1, 2009

Fur Rondy in February

Happy February! Spring is in the air (and not ash, thank goodness!) It's another beautiful blue sky day here at Elmendorf. It won't be long until we are celebrating Fur Rondy, so I thought I'd share some past pics with you. In case you are wondering, Fur Rondy was started back in the 1930's by a gentleman named Vern Johnson. Anchorage was a little town in those days, and there wasn't much in the way of winter entertainment. The miners and hunters came to Anchorage in February to sell and trade their goods. Mr. Johnson decided to start a little 3 day sports competition/Festival to entertain the people, and the Fur Rondy was born. The whole town turned out and it was a great success. Throughout the years, the festival has grown to include a sled dog race, dog pull, and carnival. It's not only a lot of fun to participate in and watch the events, but it also signals the end of a long, hard winter.

These pictures are of the snow sculpture competition. It takes part under the C Street bridge, near Ship Creek. The kids really get a kick out of it. (OK, I do, too!)

If you are interested in learning more about Fur Rondy, check out their site. Here's the link.

1 comment:

Gretchen said...

That is really cool. Make sure you take lots of pictures this year. Hey...we were up to 41 degrees today. I think I actually smelled a hint of Spring. Too bad tomorrow will be back in the 20's.