The tradition of Fur Rendezvous started as the end of the trapping season, when fur trappers would come to town to sell their furs and enjoy the benefits of town life for a little while. That grew into the Anchorage winter festival of Fur Rendezvous (Fur Rondy for short) that is celebrating its 77th year this week!
Even if you haven’t spent most of the winter out in the boonies by yourself on a trapline, it’s a great way to blow off a little steam and have fun. Activities include sled dog races, outdoor hockey, a melodrama, a snow sculpture contest, outhouse races, snowshoe softball, the running of the reindeer and the Miners and Trappers Charity Ball, known for its outlandish costumes. If it’s Alaskan, quirky, or involves the winter outdoors, it’s probably on the list! There are also indoor activities, from the oyster shucking contest to the Native musicale to the Great Train Show featuring model train clubs.
This year, my injured arm is keeping me close to home. But I’ll still participate a little. My daughter and I attended the Rondy on Ice figure skating show last weekend. We enjoyed the skaters young and older, including special guests Lukas Kaugars and Agnes Zawadzki of Colorado Springs, CO, and local skater Keegan Messing. And I plan to browse the Native Arts Market this weekend. Wouldn’t be right to miss out on Fur Rondy completely.