When my kids were small, it seemed like we always had a sub-zero cold snap during Rondy. I have memories of dressing the kids in multiple layers and snowsuits to ride the tilt-a-whirl, but this year my husband and I were blessed with a perfect run of sunny weather. We started with the amateur photography exibit...
...and then toured the snow sculptures.
|"Not All Treasure is Gold"|
The second weekend saw the Running of the Reindeer, Anchorage's answer to the Running of the Bulls. Fortunately reindeer are much gentler, and as you can see, costumes are encouraged.
While it's not technically part of the festival, the ceremonial start of the Iditarod happens at the end of Rondy. The trail runs all the way across Anchorage. We joined a big crowd of kids and adults near the university to watch the dog teams go by. In between sleds, kids climbed trees and played in the snow, and I saw some enterprising Girl Scouts with bags of cookies working the crowd. It was a great day to be in Alaska. The "Iditariders" in the sleds looked like they were having fun, too.
Sadly, we had things to do and didn't make it to the blanket toss, scavenger hunt, Mr. Fur Face competition, or the rootbeer float chugging contest. But there's always next year.
What annual festivals or activities do you celebrate where you live?
If you can't make it in person, you can visit Alaska through my Northern Lights series. The latest release is An Alaskan Proposal, available in paperback or ebook from online bookstores.
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