Still to Come at Rondy: Native Arts Market, Hockey, Reindeer, Poker and a Hairy Ball
Anchorage, AK: Rondy fun’s not over yet—not by a long shot! Here are major official Rondy events coming up.
Charlotte Jensen Native Arts Market: Starting today, this market features more than 150 Native artisans selling and demonstrating their art – basket weaving, dolls, beading, carving and more! This is a rare opportunity to meet and greet the artists and watch them create one-of-a-kind items. Most are Silver Hand Artists. (Through Sunday, Mar. 3, Dimond Center)
World Championship Outdoor Adult Hockey Tournament: Eighteen years of outdoor hockey competition with a great family atmosphere. Throw in a couple of grills and you’ve got one heck of a party! For additional information, contact Tournament Director, Edwin Blair at Edwin@alpinealaska.com. (Feb. 28 – Mar. 3, Mulcahy Ice Complex)
Running of the Reindeer: Always a crowd-pleaser, this mellower version of Pamplona’s Running of the Bulls is nevertheless wild and full of the wackiest costumes imaginable. Several reindeer are hauled to Anchorage from The Reindeer Farm in Palmer to be let loose in heats with groups of adults racing along in everything from bikinis to fake butts to Santa suits to flapping capes. (Saturday, Mar. 2 at 4pm. Start is at 4th & H.)
Alaska Hold’em Tournament of Champions: Participants ante-up and prove that they are the best Hold’em player in Alaska! Players qualify at local clubs and organizations in and around Anchorage to participate, and several local celebrities have seats at the tables. (Saturday, Mar. 2 at 4pm. Egan Center.)
Miners & Trappers Charity Ball: Most people will come in costume—or wear the one they wore in the reindeer run—to celebrate the 63rd anniversary of this event. The Alaska State Championship Beard and Mustache Contest, aka “Mr. Fur Face,” is held, and Rondy raffle ticket winners are announced. The Miner’s and Trapper’s Charity Ball has raised several million dollars for local charities and is produced by local area Lions Clubs. Tickets are available online at the Rondy Shop (https://rondy-shop.myshopify.com/collections/event-tickets-1/products/miners-trappers-ball), in person at the Fur Rondy Shop at 4th & D, at Dooley’s and at Party World. Tickets will also be available at the door. (Saturday, Mar. 2 at 7:30pm, Egan Center. Must be 21 or older.)
Fur Rondy continues through March 3. For a full schedule, to register for Rondy events, and to purchase tickets, go to www.furrondy.net.
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.