78th annual Fur Rondy pin design features a snowy owl in flight
Anchorage, Alaska - November 8, 2012 - The Board of Directors of Greater Anchorage, Inc. aka Fur Rondy announced the launch of the 2013 Fur Rondy Pin. This year’s design, created by Harlan Legare, features a snowy owl in flight. According to John McCleary, president of Greater Anchorage, Inc. Board of Directors, “There’s no better bird so well adapted to life in the Arctic than the snowy owl. A perfect fit for Fur Rondy, the premier winter festival in the nation!”
Mr. Legare, a retired hydraulic engineer, is a local artist that first came to Alaska in 1964. He has designed three previous Fur Rondy pins as well as two Rondy parade floats. Harlan states “I chose the Snowy Owl for my design in part because their majestic appearance in flight is a sight to behold; they well represent the mystique of the arctic.”
The first Fur Rondy pin tradition began in 1939. Fur Rondy festival goers used them as their entrance ticket to the Fur Rondy festival. Now decades later, the pins and merchandise (belt buckles, ornaments, charms, and more) have become coveted collector items that Alaska residents look forward to each year. Fur Rondy relies on the proceeds from pins and merchandise sales to operate the winter festival. Fur Rondy is also proud to partner with over 75 Alaskan non-profit who sell Fur Rondy pins and keep a portion of the sales for their own non-profit work. Organizations Fur Rondy partners with include the Kiwanis and Lions Clubs who use these proceeds to support scholarships and so much more.
Fur Rondy is a ten day festival in Anchorage, Alaska, celebrating the life and culture of Alaska.
Locals and visitors look forward to events such as the World Championship Sled Dog Races, Rondy Carnival, Running with the Reindeer, the Grand Parade, Yukigassen, Outhouse Races, Frostbite Footrace and Charlotte Jensen Native Arts Market, Blanket Toss and much more each year.