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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Locally, that support includes, but is not limited to various Little League organizations, the Iditarod, the Fur Rendezvous Festival in Anchorage, and the Mount Marathon Parade in Seward, as well as charities and organizations such as the Boys 8c Girls Clubs, Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum, Bean's Cafe, Habitat for Humanity, Special Olympics, Anchorage Economic Development Corporation, ALPAR, and United Way.
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.
Two of the most famous historical and cultural events in Alaska are the Fur Rendezvous Festival and the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.