Fur Rondy

Bidarka snow sculpture

Fur Rondy

Snow sculpture of bear and cubFur Rendezvous is a winter celebration of Alaska's fur trapping and trading heritage that is held in Anchorage each February.

The Fur Rendezvous dates from the 1930s; the Alaskan fur trade dates back to the days when Alaska was a Russian territory. Charles Dana, in his book Two Years Before the Mast, tells of encountering a Russian fur trading vessel that had come down from Kodiak, Alaska, to California in the 1830s. Fur trapping continues in Alaska; animals that are infrequently seen in the Lower 48 remain plentiful in Alaska today.

Fur Rendezvous provides Alaskans relief from the winter doldrums with a carnival, fur auction, a ball, parade, snow sculpting contest — the photos above and at right are of entries in recent contests — the World Championship Sled Dog Race (not to be confused with the Iditarod, this race consists of three 25-mile heats over the course of three days), fireworks, a blanket toss, and more.

Below, a dog shows its strength by hauling a weight-filled sled a measured distance in the World Championship Dog Weight Pulling Contest.

Weight pull

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. sjohnson
    Mar 02, 2010 @ 03:40:00

    Wow! How much fun is this?! What a nice way to welcome the coming of spring! Really. It's just around the corner.

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  2. FlynnD
    Mar 02, 2010 @ 11:04:00

    Got to like the Rondy!

    Reply

  3. Just_a_Mote
    Mar 02, 2010 @ 13:00:00

    I remember reading Two Years Before the Mast as a teenager (I still have the copy). It made quite an impression.

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    Mar 02, 2012 @ 16:51:43

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