Bear Paw theme announced

Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 04:17
The 2013 Bear Paw Festival logo was designed by Eagle River artist Stephanie Johnson.

You can’t have a Bear Paw Festival without a theme, and this year’s is sure to bring out the inner cowboy and cowgirl in local fans of the annual community hoedown.

Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber special events coordinator Merry Braham said this year’s theme will be “Round Up at the Bear Paw Corral,” a choice she said hopes will “spur” some western-inspired floats in the popular midsummer parade.

“It’s really all about fun,” Braham said.

This year’s logo, which features the festival’s cuddly bear mascot dressed in a cowboy hat and sporting a moustache, was designed by Eagle River’s own Stephanie Johnson, who also designed last year’s logo.

Braham said picking a theme and logo is one of the first steps necessary for planning the big event, which will be held July 10-14 in downtown Eagle River.

“For the people who do the parade, and for us to order pens, t-shirts…you can’t do any of that without a theme,” she said.

Braham said she’s already trying out some of her best cowboy quips in anticipation of the festival.

“Grab your saddles,” she said.

For more on the Bear Paw festival, visit the chamber’s website at

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