The Bear Paw Festival has always been about celebrating community, and honoring the people who have given of themselves in service of the community and people of Chugiak-Eagle River, said Merry Braham.
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.
When Eagle River resident Kyle Burnett competed in the Dept. of Defense Warrior Games this week, she did so as one of two Ultimate Athletes representing the U.S. Air Force. Each of six military branches selects athletes among the wounded warriors who try out for competition in the spring to compete in a variety of events, and one man and one woman to compete as its Ultimate Athletes in all the individual events.
For the Thompsons, art is a family affair. “I’ve been painting since I was nine,” said Mike Thompson, the patriarch of the family. “My mom was a painter, we all did some kind of art.”
Monastery Acres, a micro-farming operation in Chugiak committed to organic farming principles, recently added food production space to its operation. That’s good news for fans of the farm’s produce, which will be available at farmers markets on Thursdays at the American Legion in Chugiak, and Tuesdays at the VFW in Eagle River, selling the usual farmers market fare, plus one unusual offering for Alaska – tasty tomatoes.