Festival activities offer a little something for everyone


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The five fun-filled days of the 2012 Bear Paw Festival continue today (Thursday, July 12) throughout Chugiak-Eagle River.

The event started with the presentation of the Bear Paw awards during the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce luncheon Wednesday at Bear Mountain Grill. Here’s a few of this year’s highlights:

 

Today’s events:

The Golden Wheel Amusements carnival opens this afternoon in the Eagle River Commons. The carnival offers everything from a Merry Go Round, to roller coasters, to a Ferris wheel and games.

The carnival, which runs through Sunday, is one of the biggest draws of Bear Paw, said chamber of commerce executive director Susie Gorski.

“People love it when the carnival comes to town,” she said.

Contestants in the Bear Paw Pageant take the stage in Chugiak High’s Steve Primis Auditorium at 7 p.m. The contestant crowned Miss Bear Paw Queen will receive a $1,000 scholarship with a $500 scholarship going to the person selected with the most outstanding community service record courtesy of the Sleeping Lady Mountain Lions.

The Bear Paw King will receive a $1,000 scholarship sponsored by the Chugiak-Eagle River Foundation.

 

Friday’s events:

The Teddy Bear Picnic runs from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Eagle River Commons. Parade registration starts at 11 a.m. with the Lunch Box Derby at noon and the Oder Eaters Rotten Sneakers contest at 1 p.m.

The Carrs Benefit barbeque and Classic Car Show both go from 6 to 9 p.m.

Starting at 7 p.m., the U.S. Air Force Band of the Pacific will perform on the main stage. It will serve as one of the quintet’s final shows before disbanding, Gorski said.

 

Saturday’s events:

The Grand Parade begins at 11 a.m., just after the conclusion of the 5K race. This year’s parade theme is “It’s a Jungle Out There.”

The Slippery Salmon Olympics start at 1:15 p.m. in the Commons.

Bear Paw’s Got Talent participants take the main stage at 6:30 p.m. and have three to five minutes to show the crowd what they’ve got.

 

Sunday’s events:

The Dog and Owner Look-A-Like contest will be held on the main stage at 11:30 a.m.

“That’s a hilarious event,” Gorski said.

Both the Motorcycle Show and Running With the Bears start at 1 p.m.

The children’s ice cream eating contest starts at 2:30 p.m. on the main stage, and the Bear Paw wraps up with the I-Did-A-Duck Rubber Ducky Race at 4 p.m.

For more information about the 2012 Bear Paw Festival, visit www.bearpawfestival.org.

 

— Mike Nesper

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