Independence Day festivities began with a boom at Eagle River Lions Park Monday night.
The annual community fireworks show — hosted by the Eagle River Lions Club — is always a major event, according to organizers and spectators. This year’s show involved $10,000 worth of pyrotechnics, several thousand onlookers, dozens of vendors and two stages for bands. While the fireworks display itself lasted about 15 minutes, the celebration leading up the show ran for six hours.
Home following a marathon legislative season, a trio of local lawmakers gathered in Eagle River July 19 to give constituents a bleak brief on capitol affairs.
“It’s a messy business with 60 people, all with different ideas,” said Sen. Shelley Hughes, a District F Republican, at a weekly meeting of the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce. “The state is at a serious crossroads.”
Chugiak High School student Sarah Dykman holds a unique distinction: A 2015 Bear Paw Pageant Princess, she’s one of the longest-reigning royals in the history of the event.
Now it’s almost time to cede the throne.
“I’m totally OK with giving up my crown,” said Dykman, 15. “I’ve had it for two years.”
After the retirement of two longtime volunteers, the pageant was cancelled in 2016, according to event organizers. A community variety show was hosted in its place, and the 2015 Bear Paw Court kept their titles for another summer.