Anchorage Fur Rendezvous

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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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.com.
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.
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"All years don't go smoothly, but we are successful because of our volunteers," says Bill Wortman, board president of the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous. The board has often had to make last-minute decisions to cancel or delay outdoor events be cause of the weather.
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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