From parades to parties, there’s plenty going on around Chugiak-Eagle River this summer! Among the biggest events of the summer are the Annual Scottish Highland Games, the annual July 3 fireworks show in Lions Park, Chugiak’s Fourth of July Parade and the Bear Paw Festival. There’s also a full slate of races, community events and lots of Alaska Baseball League games at Loretta French Park on the Old Glenn Highway in Chugiak, where the Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks play their home games. Hold onto this calendar all summer long to keep track of what promises to be a fun (and busy!) season in Chugiak-Eagle River.
Chugiak-Eagle River is one of the most scenic recreation destinations in the Anchorage area. In addition to numerous parks and trails, the area offers ample fishing and sightseeing opportunities for residents and visitors alike. This is far from a complete list, but here’s a rundown of some of the area’s most popular outdoor gems to get you started this summer.
Get out your boots and spurs, because a western-themed Bear Paw is right around the corner. The theme for this year’s annual community celebration is “Round-up at the Bear Paw Corral,” which Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber special events coordinator Merry Braham said should make for a stompin’ good time.
After drawing a record crowd at last year’s Alaska Scottish Highland Games, event chair Chris Anderson is hoping to repeat history this year. Anderson estimated 8,000 people — 3,000 more than the previous record — participated in the annual Scottish festivities at Eagle River’s Lions Park last year.
The Alaska Legislature adjourned on time Sunday after finishing a tremendous amount of work on some of the state’s most important issues, including reforming oil taxes, advancing a natural gas pipeline, providing energy and air quality relief to Interior Alaska, and holding the line on state spending.
Filming Iron Dog racers out the window of his buddy’s Cessna 180, Eagle River’s Cody Kubitz couldn’t help thinking how nice it would be to have an unmanned aerial vehicle, or drone, to do it instead.
The same business that printed newly elected Anchorage Assemblywoman Amy Demboski’s campaign signs also printed the small signs that were used to vandalize runner-up Pete Mulcahy’s campaign signs.
Chugiak High has a top-notch music department — and it has the hardware to prove it. Chugiak won the Choral, Instrumental and Overall Sweepstakes trophies — the competition’s top honors — at the Heritage Music Festival, which featured 19 schools from six states, in San Francisco on April 13.
How many people can say they know how to safely operate an electric saw? How about install shingles? Or build a shed? A handful of Chugiak and Eagle River high-schoolers can.