The Bear Paw Pageant held July 9 at the Chugiak High School auditorium began with a warning from pageant director Kathleen Kuersten about the 80’s theme: “The music back then was really awful,” she said, adding, “It was difficult to find music from the era that would be…” she paused for a moment. “Appropriate.”
Sixteen-year-old Shannon Ross dons her overalls and barn boots twice a day, seven days a week. At 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., she heads to the barn to milk the dairy goats, then quickly brings the container full of milk to the house where it is chilled in the fridge in a bath of ice water.
The first time I took my now five-year-old twins to the Bear Paw Grand Parade, they stood on the sidewalk after having received candy, goodies and fliers handed out to them by the various parade participants, amazed.
Two local women returned home from the United America Pageant held in San Antonio, Texas on June 14 with new titles, recognition for their volunteer work and crowns.
There’s an old saying among farmers in the Lower 48, that when corn is “knee-high by the Fourth of July,” it guaranties a plentiful harvest. Of course, that applies to large fields and garden plots located in the Lower 48. Getting corn to grow tall enough to yield a respectably-sized corn-on-the-cob in Alaska is a challenge. Corn doesn’t love Alaska’s cooler summer temperatures.
Let’s face it: everything at Bear Paw is awesome. Little girls in tutus dancing to hip-hop on the main stage, while nearby on the park grass Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson military personnel demonstrate how to take down a (pretend) terrorist to enthusiastic onlookers, and delighted kid screams erupt from the carnival: that’s awesome. Kids in ninja outfits doing stunts in town square to hard dance electronica, while families splash through water pouring from a hose atop a firetruck ladder in the street, and the smell of vendor booth food wafts through the air: also awesome. It’s going to be an awesome Bear Paw, and if you want to get the most out of it, dear readers, we at the Star highly encourage you to embrace it.