Wilderness Woman Competition

Wilderness Woman Competition

First weekend in December
In the midst of Winterfest, celebrated the entire month of December in Talkeetna, Alaska, a tongue-in-cheek competition for unmarried women takes place that pokes fun at the lack of eligible females in this northernmost state. Sponsored by the Talkeetna Bachelor Society, the Wilderness Woman Competition puts single ladies in the driver's seat—of a snowmobile—to snake through an obstacle course. After completing a number of other tasks, including the preparation of food, contestants must bring their homemade snack and a beer to a football-watching bachelor—quite a fantasy in this town at the foot of Mount McKinley where men far outnumber the women. The Bachelor Auction and Ball follow the competition.
CONTACTS:
Talkeetna Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 334
Talkeetna, AK 99676
907-733-2330
www.talkeetnachamber.org
SOURCES:
WildPlanet-1995, p. 621