Locals rendezvous at Fur Rondy


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From left, human dog team members Traci Reeves, Charity Mollison and Arlene Carlos “mush” their way down Fifth Avenue in Anchorage during the Fur Rondy Frostbite Footrace on Saturday, Feb. 23. Reeves and Carlos are from Eagle River. All three women are members of the Alaska Air National Guard.

Matt Tunseth

From the carnival to carriage rides, Anchorage’s Fur Rendezvous has a definite Chugiak-Eagle River connection.

Among the most visible local participants at this year’s festival are Chugiak’s Golden Wheel Amusements, Birchwood’s Horse Drawn Carriage Company and dozens — if not hundreds — of participants in Rondy’s many contests and events.

A Fur Rondy Princesses, Sierra Slade, was born in Eagle River. So was snow carver Brian Nosich. And among the participants in the Frostbite Footrace were a trio of Eagle River residents (Traci Reevs, Arlene Carlos and Sonny Carlos) who teamed up with their National Guard and active duty friends to dress as a human dogsled team — most of them barking and yelping during the entire 5-kilometer race through downtown.

Locals ware also well represented in the Rondy’s Amateur Photography Contest, which is on display at the Mall at Sears through the weekend. Winning Best in Show was Eagle River’s own Ed Boudreu, who also won First Place in the Color Scenic and Black and White Rondy categories.

The photo contest was full of talented Eagle River shooters, with Gary Carpenter taking home 2nd place in the Black and White Creative category and 3rd in both the Black and White and Color Pets divisions. Chugiak’s Paul Lawrence won 3rd place in the Color Unclassified category and got an Honorable Mention in Color Portraits; Chugiak’s Susan Sherburne was named Honorable Mention in Color Portraits; junior Anna Claire Klusewittz, of Eagle River, took home 2nd in Black and White Portraits; and Eagle River junior entrant Michael Boudreu won Honorable Mention in Color Pets.

Locals who haven’t gotten in on the fun still have plenty of time to visit Fur Rondy. The annual event continues through March 3. For a full schedule, visit www.furrondy.net.

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