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WWW.FURRONDY.NET PAGE 1 2018 OFFICIAL FUR RONDY GUIDE FEBRUARY 23-MARCH 4 Anchorage, Alaska • www.furrondy.net


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TITLEHERE SECONDLINEHERE 2018 ANCHORAGE FUR RENDEZVOUS PAGE 2 Celebration in the sky Celebrate the festival’s 83rd year at the AT&T Fireworks Extravaganza 6:55 pm | Saturday, February 24, 2018 Ship Creek, Downtown Anchorage Visit a local AT&T store to best serve your communication needs. Anchorage 5th Avenue Mall 2220 Abbott Road 4711 Business Park Blvd. Dimond Center Mall Tikahtnu Commons The Mall at Sears Eagle River 11432 Business Park Blvd. Fairbanks Teddy Bear Plaza Aurora Center, 407 Merhar Ave. Juneau 9400 Glacier Hwy. Ketchikan 2417 Tongass Ave. 1.866.MOBILITY - ATT.COM Soldotna 35553 Kenai Spur Hwy. Wasilla 1865 E. Parks Hwy. © 2018 AT&T Intellectual Property. All rights reserved. AT&T, and Globe logo, are registered trademarks of AT&T Intellectual Property and/or AT&T affiliated companies. All other marks are the property of their respective owners.


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WWW.FURRONDY.NET PAGE 1 Cover Collage: The Spirit of Rondy This is Erik Judson’s 5th Fur Rendezvous working to capture the festival and the fun it brings our community. TABLE OF CONTENTS WELCOME TO FUR RONDY! Message from the Mayor............. 02 From the Rondy President......... 03 Meet the Rondy Team................... 05 Fur Rondy Shop.............................. 07 Keystone Kops................................. 08 DAILY EVENTS Pre-Rondy Events.......................... 11 Friday, February 23....................... 12 Saturday, February 24.................. 18 Sunday, February 25..................... 25 Monday February 26.................... 32 Tuesday, February 27................... 33 Wednesday, February 28............ 35 Thursday, March 1......................... 36 Friday, March 2................................ 38 Saturday, March 3.......................... 40 Sunday, March 4.............................. 51 Rondy Route..................................... 27 Downtown Map and Parking........................28 and 29 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SLED DOG RACES Race Overview................................. 42 Race Course...................................... 43 RONDY TRADITIONS Collector Pin and Button Artists.................................. 45 Rondy Traditions............................ 46 Rondy Royalty Tradition............. 47 Special Thanks................................ 55


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WELCOME TO FUR RONDY! 2018 ANCHORAGE FUR RENDEZVOUS PAGE 2 Welcome to the 83rd year of Fur Rendezvous. I always look forward to this annual event—one that brings the community together to celebrate our frontier history and winter spirit. The energy and enthusiasm of the Rondy crowds are reminders that Alaskans won’t let mid-winter temperatures get in the way of a fabulous outdoor celebration. Thanks to the hard work of event organizers and volunteers, I’m certain this will be another great year to Rondy! Ethan Berkowitz Mayor


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WWW.FURRONDY.NET PAGE 3 FROM THE RONDY PRESIDENT Dear Alaskans and Guests, Welcome to Fur Rendezvous, now in its’ 83rd year of growing from a local sporting event to a world- renowned winter festival that attracts attendees from around our state, and around the world. A full schedule is contained within this guide to help you plan your time enjoying events that span the ages, traditions, and cultures of Alaska. Did you know that when you participate, you’re supporting an undercurrent of more than 20 not for profit partners through this festival? When you buy one of our collector pins or participate in an event, chances are that you’ve just infused vital dollars back into our community! Kiwanis, Lions and Lionesses, Rotary, and Toys for Tots are just a few organizations that benefit for their causes through Rondy engagement. Our success would not be possible without our community partners, sponsors, and volunteers. This kind of tradition cannot continue without intent and assistance, and we thank you! Fur Rondy is about having fun, hospitality, and the Alaskan spirit. Whether it’s your first time, or one of many, please consider this your personal invitation from the Board of Directors and staff to come out and celebrate Rondy 2018! Beth Helgeson President, Board of Directors, Anchorage Fur Rendezvous ALASKA SOUND CELEBRATION PRESENTS HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL (OR THE DIRTY DEED) FEBRUARY 23 – MARCH 10 • 49TH STATE BREWING COMPANY THEATRE In this year’s beloved Fur Rondy Melodrama, our hero arrives in town to give our heroine the good news that she has inherited the city of Brrrrrr, Alaska. However, our villain has plots to steal the deed – and the town – for himself. Will evil triumph or will good prevail once again? Reserve your seats today at CenterTix.net or 263-ARTS! Written by Rand Higbee • Stage direction by David Block • Musical direction by Peggy Benton SUPPORTED IN PART BY THE MUNICIPALITY OF ANCHORAGE.


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Presented by Fur Rondy and Anchorage East Rotary! Proceeds donated to support organizations that fight human trafficking Vote for your favorite2018 ANCHORAGE FUR RENDEZVOUS beer, brewery and pizza while you enjoy PAGE 4 live music in this inaugural event! S3a:t0ur0dpaym, Fe-b7ru:0ar0yp17mth Alaska Center for the Performing Arts Tickets: $45 Buy tickets at www.rondyrotarybeerfest.com


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WWW.FURRONDY.NET PAGE 5 MEET THE RONDY TEAM FUR RONDY STAFF: John McCleary, Executive Director Erik Judson, Marketing Manager Daniel Ribuffo, Operations Manager Kevin Young, Events Manager Carol Daugherty, Retail Manager Laurie Smith, Retail Associate Kelly Kirby, Retail Associate Follow us on Facebook: facebook.com/AnchorageFurRendezvous Follow us on Twitter: @OfficialRondyAK WITH MANY THANKS Thank you to BP for supporting our community nonprofit organizations presenting events during Fur Rondy. FUR RONDY BOARD OF DIRECTORS OFFICERS: Beth Helgeson President Kathy Chamberlin Secretary Rod Williams President Elect & Treasurer Sarah Nelson Vice President Ruth Williams Past President GENERAL BOARD: Lori Brewer Bev Felix Amie Haakenson Denis Hippert Jim Huettl Gary Hufford John Jensen Virgil Jensen Steve MacDonald Eddie P Tanya Pont John Kevin Powers Mike Robbins John Rodda Erica Thomas Rayli Wilson FUR RONDY HEADQUARTERS: 400 D STREET, SUITE 110, ANCHORAGE, AK 99501 Phone: (907) 274-1177 • Fax: (907) 277-2199 Website: www.furrondy.net


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WWW.FURRONDY.NET PAGE 7 Coffee, Espresso, Cold Drinks , Snacks & More! OPEN DURING RONDY FEBRUARY 23, 24, 25 & MARCH 3 RONDY SHOP! Exclusive Rondy Merchandise - Pins, Shirts and more! BUY TICKETS AND REGISTER FOR EVENTS JIM BEAM JAM Friday, February 23, $30/person FROSTBITE FOOTRACE Saturday, February 24 RUNNING WITH THE CRITTERS Saturday, March 3, 2:30pm $10 per child, $25 per family of four RUNNING OF THE REINDEER Saturday, March 3, $30 MINERS & TRAPPERS PARDI-GRAS Saturday, March 3, $30 Visit www.furrondy.net for other team events and tickets on sale: Rondy Melodrama, Hockey, Snowshoe Softball and more! BECOME A FUR RONDY MEMBER! Support Rondy and enjoy member benefits such as: •  Free Rondy Pins & Booster Buttons •  10% Discount in Rondy Shop •  And more!* *Member benefits vary by membership level. See www. furrondy.net for information


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KEYSTONE KOPS of the University Kiwanis, Anchorage 2018 ANCHORAGE FUR RENDEZVOUS PAGE 8 In the mid-sixties the University Kiwanis came up with the idea of being Keystone Kops, enforcing the tradition of having to wear a Fur Rondy pin or button when a person is in attendance at any of the winter festival activities. Their Kiwanis club constructed a couple of portable jails where they good-naturedly incarcerate ìvillainsî who are not wearing a Fur Rondy pin or button. One way to stay out of jail (or get back out) is to purchase a pin or button from the Keystone Kops who, coincidently, sell them! This project is their largest fundraiser. They receive a percentage of the pin and button sales for their efforts, netting approximately $10,000 to $20,000 annually. These proceeds go back into the community via their many projects ñ predominantly to the four Key Clubs and a KCI club they sponsor each year. Starting around Thanksgiving, they staff a pin sales table each weekend at different locations throughout Anchorage to sell the current yearís pins. Also, members individually sell the pins and buttons through the winter months as do some of their Key Clubs. During the actual Fur Rondy festival they are on the streets downtown, in local establishments, in the parade, and at other events actively selling pins. They also have their own pin design, new each year, which they sell at the same time. Although this is their largest fundraiser, it is also a community service project. Over the years the Keystone Kops have become recognized as the face of the Fur Rondy celebration. They appear in their Kop outfits (looking like British Bobbies with many Fur Rondy pins on their coats) at many public functions to advertise the event. They also appear on television raiding the newscasts to arrest local newscasters who do not have a Fur Rondy pin. All of this is done in good-natured fun to promote the winter carnival. During the event they serve as ambassadors for the festival, providing information and directions to many visitors. They are in hundreds of photos, posing with visitors, from around the world, who want their picture taken with a Keystone Kop. For more information, or to learn how you can join the fun and become a Keystone Kop, visit www. anchorageuniversitykiwanis.org.


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WWW.FURRONDY.NET PAGE 9 Hours of Operation Friday, 2/23: 12pm-9pm Saturday, 2/24 11am-9pm Sunday, 2/25 12pm-8pm WSaayvset!o Monday, 2/26: 3pm-9pm 2 for 1 Tuesday! 2/27: 3pm-9pm 2 for 1 Tuesday! You Pay and Your Buddy Wednesday, 2/28: 3pm-9pm Rides FREE! Military Appreciation! 3/1: 3pm-9pm Friday, 3/2: 3pm-9pm Saturday, 3/3: 11am-9pm Military Appreciation! Sunday, 3/4: 12pm-8pm 50% off Super Saver More Midway Information at goldenwheelamusements.com Ticket Sheet on Thursday with Military ID!


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RONDY CORNHOLE “Toss” your hat into the ring and test your skill at cornhole! Toss us a like on Facebook! www.facebook.com/ak.cornhole ICE BREAKER TOURNEY Friday, March 2nd, 7:00pm American Legion Post 28 7001 Brayton Drive CHAMPIONSHIP Sunday, March 4th, 10:30am Anchorage Senior Activity Center 1300 East 19th Avenue For tournament fees & details, visit www.furrondy.net 2018 ANCHORAGE FUR RENDEZVOUS PAGE 10 Sponsored by: Miners & Trappers Presents: Pardi-Gras! Let’s Light Up the Night! MUSIC & DANCING, COSTUME CONTEST, AND THE OFFICIAL ALASKA STATE BEARD & MOUSTACHE CHAMPIONSHIP FOR MR. FUR FACE 2018 Break out the costumes and bring your world-class beard and your extremely tolerant other half to compete in the “Mr. Fur Face Contest,” the Alaska State Championship Beard and Mustache Contest. $30 PER PERSON Tickets available at furrondy.net, the Fur Rondy Shop, Party World, & Party Craft Saturday, March 3rd Egan Center Doors Open 5:30pm MUST BE 21 YEARS OR BENEFITTING OLDER TO ATTEND. LOCAL LIONS ID REQUIRED CLUBS CHARITIES Mr. Fur Face: 7:00pm Costume Contest: 9:00pm


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WWW.FURRONDY.NET PAGE 11 PRE-RONDY EVENTS SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17 OFFICIAL RONDY EVENT < 3:00pm-7:00pm Rondy Rotary Beer Festival Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, 621 W 6th Ave Presented by Fur Rondy and Anchorage East Rotary! Vote for your favorite beer, brewery and pizza while you enjoy live music in this inaugural event! Proceeds donated to support organizations that fight human trafficking. Tickets $45, available at rondyrotarybeerfest.com MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19 5:00pm-7:30pm Fur Rondy Pin Swap Meet Moose Lodge 1534, 4211 Arctic Blvd WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21 7:00pm Musher’s Bib Draw Hard Rock Café Upstairs, 415 E St The mushers competing in the 2018 Open World Championship Sled Dog Races draw their bib numbers to determine starting order. Musher registration at 5:00pm, draw begins at 7:00pm. THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22 10:00am PLAAY Day, Statewide PLAAY Day is Alaska’s first simultaneous student physical activity even. Schools and other organizations from across the state will engage elementary students in a half hour of organized—and synchronized— physical activity. OFFICIAL RONDY EVENT < 3:30pm-7:00pm Frostbite Footrace Bib Pick-up Glacier BrewHouse, 737 W 5th Ave, Suite 110 SupportedbyKendall ToyotaofAnchorage


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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23 9:00am-6:00pm The Great Train Show Historic Alaska Railroad Depot, 411 W 1st Ave The Military Society of Model Railroad Engineers brings you sights, sounds, and shapes of model railroading. Kids of all ages will enjoy the wonder and magic of model railroading brought to life with trains operating on multiple layouts of different scales. Re-invigorate your inner child while sharing and exploring your thoughts, stories and ideas with other people who share the “I had a layout as a kid” experience while reviving memories of railroading from years gone by. Come and partake of the aura of the Historic Alaska Railroad Depot, help bring ARR 557 back to life, and find out what adventures await you on the Alaska Railroad. We’ll see you there. All aboard! 10:00am-7:00pm Artistry in Wood Exhibit and Competition Northway Mall, 3101 Penland Pkwy Free to the public, entries accepted Feb 18 & 19, 10am-8pm. Exhibition Feb 21-Mar 4. Competition is open to all wood-made projects made in the last two years. OFFICIAL RONDY EVENT < 10:00am-8:00pm Amateur Photo Contest The Mall at Sears, 600 E Northern Lights Blvd Come see the world through the eyes of amateur photographers as they display photos and compete for top honors in various categories. OFFICIAL RONDY EVENT < 10:00am-10:00pm Alaska State Snow Sculpture Championship Ship Creek Avenue, across from Comfort Inn Sponsored by BP, Anchorage Distillery & The Port of Alaska 8ftx8ftx8ft blocks of compressed snow form the starting point for creative miracles to happen. Watch artists of varying levels create and compete for sculptural dominance! Division 1 winners go to the US Nationals to compete as Alaska’s team. 10:00am-6:00pm 14th Annual Craft Alaska 4th Ave Marketplace, 333 W 4th Ave 4th Avenue Market Place will be hosting our 14th Annual Craft Alaska Event. Get out of the cold and enjoy our warm, 2018 ANCHORAGE FUR RENDEZVOUS PAGE 12 dry, jubilee. Craft Alaska is a fun, family extravaganza with unique Alaskan artists, craft vendors, and delectable snacks. This year we will have both the first and second floor of the mall filled with fun for the whole family. Located inside the 4th Ave Market Place, 1st and 2nd floor, at the corner of 4th and D street. OFFICIAL RONDY EVENT < Noon Rondy Open World Championship Sled Dog Races (Day 1) 4th Ave and D St Take part in the action with the Grandfather of Alaska Sled Dog Racing as mushers compete for the $80,000 purse! This Alaska Sports Hall of Fame event has been continuously voted “Best Event” by the International Sled Dog Racing Association. Witness the sheer intensity and excitement that is the most anticipated sprint race in North America. Endurance, speed and agility prove these dogs are true athletes. OFFICIAL RONDY EVENT < Noon-9:00pm Rondy Carnival, 3rd Ave and E St Funnel cakes, fishing frogs and Ferris Wheels! Peer down on the entire inlet from your private gondola in the sky! Grab a caramel apple or some popcorn and hit the zipper! Are you man or woman enough to outlast your kids? Kids, are you going to let them? Daily during Rondy, weather permitting. Produced by Golden Wheel Amusements. Noon-6:00pm Horse Drawn Carriage Ride, 3rd Ave and E St For nearly 30 years, the Horse Drawn Carriage Company has given passengers a taste of yesteryear with authentic carriage rides pulled with on-ton Percheron draft horses. Ten-minute downtown ride for two is $15.00, quarter-hour Park Strip ride for two is $40.00, half-hour Bootleggers Cove ride for two is $75.00, and one-hour Westchester Lagoon ride for two is $150.00. Each additional person is $5.00.


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