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First weekend of Rondy is cabin-fever-reliever for Alaskans

Anchorage, AK: It’s time to Rondy, Alaskans! Time to quit moping and get outside for some fun at the 78th annual Fur Rondy festival. Days are getting longer and spring is right around the corner. Well, sort of. Fur Rondy starts Friday, Feb. 22 and runs through Sunday, Mar. 3. Register NOW for events! Here’s some of what’s in store for the first few days of Rondy:

Friday-Sunday, Feb. 22-24, starting at noon each day

World Championship Sled Dog Races: Voted “Best Event” by the International Sled Dog Racing Association, this has been attracting mushers from Alaska and the world since 1946. Defending champ Ken Chezik is back again this year! (Sponsored by Hotwire, LLC)

Friday, Feb. 22, 8pm (TICKETS $25)

Jim Beam Jam: Appetizers, adult beverages, music and dancing blend for a perfect Rondy kick-off party. (Sponsored by Southern Wine & Spirits of Alaska)

Saturday, Feb. 23, 9:30am (REGISTRATION REQUIRED, $VARIES)

Frostbite Footrace and Costume Fun Run: Rain or snow, sunshine or clouds, hardy Alaskans get out of bed early on the first Saturday of Rondy to participate in this annual favorite. (Sponsored by Imaging Associates)

Saturday, Feb. 23, 10:30am

Rondy Grand Parade: See Rondy royalty, Rondy Bear, nifty cars, roller girls, and much, much more in this festival tradition. (Sponsored by Morrison Auto Group)

Saturday, Feb. 23, 4pm (REGISTRATION REQUIRED)

Outhouse Races: No one wants to be #2 in these!

Saturday, Feb. 23, 6:45pm

AT&T Fireworks Extravaganza: “Since 1996, AT&T has enjoyed supporting Fur Rondy and our community,” said Shawn Uschmann, Regional Vice President, AT&T Alaska. “Greatly anticipated as one of the highlights of the festival, this year’s AT&T Fireworks Extravaganza will once again be visible to revelers throughout much of downtown and beyond.” (Sponsored by AT&T)

Throughout Rondy

Golden Wheel Amusements Carnival: Brought to you by the same family that’s been running this operation since 1967, the Rondy carnival is the place to let your kids scream, eat all the cotton candy they want and be a kids. But don’t let them have all the fun! Come on down and take a ride! (Produced by Golden Wheel Amusements)

Several Shows throughout Rondy (TICKETS $18-$23)

Rondy Melodrama: This year’s title is “Turnagain Temptations.” Need we say more? (Produced by Alaska Sound Celebration)

Throughout Rondy

GCI Snow Sculpture Competition: On display throughout Rondy, the GCI snow sculptures are a family favorite. Judging takes place on Sunday, Feb. 24, at 11am. (Sponsored by GCI)

To register for events, go to www.furrondy.net. Come on, Anchorage, let’s Rondy!

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Fur Rondy is the nation's premiere winter festival. Since 1935, Rondy has proudly represented the pioneering spirit of Alaskans. Rondy has something for kids of all ages. We welcome visitors and invite everyone to visit our newly remodeled Fur Rondy Shop featuring Caffe D’arte, where the nation’s #1 winter festival meets Alaska’s #1 award-winning espresso café. The Fur Rondy Shop is open year-round. www.furrondy.net. Don’t miss Fur Rondy! Feb. 22 – Mar. 3, 2013.

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