Anchorage Fur Rendezvous


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Anchorage Fur Rendezvous

Begins on the second Friday in February
The Anchorage Fur Rendezvous, also called the Rondy and sometimes the Mardi Gras of the North, is a 10-day city-wide celebration held in Anchorage, Alaska. The Rondy has its origins in the days when fur trappers, joined by miners, capped off a season of trapping by carousing in Anchorage; this annual rendezvous was formalized as a winter carnival in 1936.
Highlighting the celebration is the World Championship Sled Dog Race, a 75-mile race run in three 25-mile legs on three successive days, starting and ending in Anchorage. Contestants come from throughout the United States. Among the scores of other events and exhibits are parades, the Miners and Trappers Ball, Eskimo blanket tossing, Eskimo dances, a snowshoe baseball game, wristwrestling matches, and performances of an old-time melodrama. Special Alaskan foods sold include sourdough pancakes.
See also Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race
CONTACTS:
Greater Anchorage, Inc.
400 D St., Ste. 200
Anchorage, AK 99501
907-274-1177; fax: 907-277-2199
www.furrondy.net
SOURCES:
AmerBkDays-2000, p. 138
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The Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Festival, celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2010, was started by a group of Anchorage locals who threw a three-day party for the miners and trappers coming into town to sell their wares.
The Anchorage Fur Rendezvous is 10 days of mirth and mayhem where Alaskans and visitors rub frozen noses in events like the Outhouse Race, the Frostbite Footrace and take part in games like Snowshoe Softball.
A special award plaque was presented to Anchorage Fur Rendezvous marking its 75th anniversary.
Susan Duck, executive director of the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous, first met Kastner in 2007 when they were both working at the World Championship Sled Dog Race--Kastner was there shooting video from the race for Dogsled.
To name a few, he has been recognized with the Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Service Award, 1966; Outstanding Anchorage Chamber Member of the Year, 1980; Governor of Alaska's Volunteer of the Year Award, 1983; a Presidential Citation from Ronald Reagan for vocational education, 1984; Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Lord Trapper, 1998; and Alaska Business Monthly/Junior Achievement Hall of Fame Laureate, 2005.
Will take place during the annual Anchorage Fur Rendezvous winter
All years don't go smoothly, but we are successful because of our volunteers," says Bill Wortman, board president of the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous.
It isn't hard to understand why the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous has had more than 65 years of success as a unique winter event, with a touch of the fantastic and unusual to boot.
We also concentrate on increasing attendance of events, like the Cans Safeway Great Alaska Shootout, the Nissan Classic, the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous and the Mayor's Midnight Sun Marathon.
And true as well, the roster of Alaska's wintertime festivals included the likes of the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous, the Fairbanks Winter Carnival, and scads of more localized celebrations.
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