Huge crowds make Bear Paw 2019 one for the ages

Tuesday, July 23, 2019 - 12:01
  • Crowds pack the vendor booths area at the Eagle River Bear Paw Festival on Saturday, July 13, 2019 in Eagle River, Alaska. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Chuigak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce president Colin Fay emcees the Comset Chopped Salmon Throwdown at the Eagle River Bear Paw Festival in Eagle River, Alaska on Sunday, July 14, 2019. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Competitors in the Comset Chopped Salmon Throwdown complete their dishes during the cook-off at the Eagle River Bear Paw Festival in Eagle River, Alaska on Sunday, July 14, 2019. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Entries in the Comset Chopped Salmon Throwdown at the Eagle River Bear Paw Festival in Eagle River, Alaska on Sunday, July 14, 2019. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • The Comset Chopped Salmon Throwdown at the Eagle River Bear Paw Festival in Eagle River, Alaska on Sunday, July 14, 2019. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Rayshana Alexander, center, and Vern Alexander finish cooking their “Special Sauce Salmon” during the Comset Chopped Salmon Throwdown at the Eagle River Bear Paw Festival in Eagle River, Alaska on Sunday, July 14, 2019. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • The Comset Chopped Salmon Throwdown at the Eagle River Bear Paw Festival in Eagle River, Alaska on Sunday, July 14, 2019. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Barb Left, left, and Mike Troit prepare salmon tortas during the Comset Chopped Salmon Throwdown at the Eagle River Bear Paw Festival in Eagle River, Alaska on Sunday, July 14, 2019. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Salmon tortas made by Barb Leaf and Mike Troit at the Comset Chopped Salmon Throwdown at the Eagle River Bear Paw Festival in Eagle River, Alaska on Sunday, July 14, 2019. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) competes in the Slippery Salmon Olympics relay race with teammate Kirk Alkire, right, during the Eagle River Bear Paw Festival on Saturday, July 13, 2019 in Eagle River, Alaska. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Artist Andy Ironhart paints a Dumpster during the Dumpster Design Contest during the Eagle River Bear Paw Festival on Saturday, July 13, 2019 in Eagle River, Alaska. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Sharing a caramel apple at the Eagle River Bear Paw Festival in Eagle River, Alaska on Sunday, July 14, 2019. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Star photo by Matt Tunseth
  • A hot funnel cake is pulled from the oil during the Eagle River Bear Paw Festival on Friday, July 12, 2019 in Eagle River, Alaska. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Star photo by Matt Tunseth
  • Workers at the Poly Flava booth grill pork and chicken at the Eagle River Bear Paw Festival on Saturday, July 13, 2019 in Eagle River, Alaska. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • A festivalgoer eats a snow cone during the Eagle River Bear Paw Festival on Friday, July 12, 2019 in Eagle River, Alaska. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • People look at food options at the Eagle River Bear Paw Festival in Eagle River, Alaska on Sunday, July 14, 2019. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Rotary Club member Brad Gamble pours a trash can full of ducks into a pool during the Rotary’s Ididaduck raffle at the Eagle River Bear Paw Festival in Eagle River, Alaska on Sunday, July 14, 2019. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Miss Bear Paw Katie Fletcher, left, and Bear Paw ambassador Natasha Wanner, right, during the duck release at the Rotary Club Ididaduck raffle at the Eagle River Bear Paw Festival in Eagle River, Alaska on Sunday, July 14, 2019. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Ducks float in a pool of water before being released during the Rotary Club Ididaduck raffle at the Eagle River Bear Paw Festival in Eagle River, Alaska on Sunday, July 14, 2019. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Bear Paw Queen Katie Fletcher pulls out a plastic duck during the Rotary Club Ididaduck raffle at the Eagle River Bear Paw Festival in Eagle River, Alaska on Sunday, July 14, 2019. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Rotary Club members move bleachers before the start of the Rotary Club Ididaduck raffle at the Eagle River Bear Paw Festival in Eagle River, Alaska on Sunday, July 14, 2019. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • A man rests before the start of the Rotary Club Ididaduck raffle at the Eagle River Bear Paw Festival in Eagle River, Alaska on Sunday, July 14, 2019. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Plastic ducks sit in a pool before being released during the Rotary Club Ididaduck raffle at the Eagle River Bear Paw Festival in Eagle River, Alaska on Sunday, July 14, 2019. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Leslie Lance, second from left, directs her “Crew” during the Eagle River Bear Paw Festival on Friday, July 12, 2019 in Eagle River, Alaska. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Lizzie Dale prepares to send her vegetable vehicle down the ramp during the Lunchbox Derby contest at the Eagle River Bear Paw Festival on Friday, July 12, 2019. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Former Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce special events coordinator Merry Braham talks to event volunteers during the Slippery Salmon Olympics at the Eagle River Bear Paw Festival on Saturday, July 13, 2019 in Eagle River, Alaska. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Motorcycles line Business Boulevard during the GEICO motorcycle show at the Eagle River Bear Paw Festival in Eagle River, Alaska on Sunday, July 14, 2019. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Judges an Bear Paw princesses cover their noses as Benjamin Thrasher shows off his stinky sneakers during the Odor Eaters Rotten Sneaker Contest at the Eagle River Bear Paw Festival on Friday, July 12, 2019. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Bennett Hamm shows off his shoes for inspection during the Odor Eaters Rotten Sneaker Contest at the Eagle River Bear Paw Festival on Friday, July 12, 2019. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Bear Paw ambassador Natasha Wanner reacts to the smell of stinky shoes during the Odor Eaters Rotten Sneaker Contest at the Eagle River Bear Paw Festival on Friday, July 12, 2019. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Children participate in the Odor Eaters Rotten Sneaker Contest at the Eagle River Bear Paw Festival on Friday, July 12, 2019. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Marchers in the Odd Man Rush Brewing float play to the crowd during the Grand Parade during the Eagle River Bear Paw Festival on Saturday, July 13, 2019 in Eagle River, Alaska. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Members of the U.S. Army Band march in the Grand Parade during the Eagle River Bear Paw Festival on Saturday, July 13, 2019 in Eagle River, Alaska. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • The Bear Paw Grand Parade was held Saturday, July 13, 2019 in Eagle River, Alaska. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • A boy gets some candy during the Grand Parade at the Eagle River Bear Paw Festival on Saturday, July 13, 2019 in Eagle River, Alaska. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • The Alaska Celtic Pipe and Drums group marches in the Grand Parade during the Eagle River Bear Paw Festival on Saturday, July 13, 2019 in Eagle River, Alaska. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Members of the Chugiak High football team march in the Grand Parade at the Eagle River Bear Paw Festival on Saturday, July 13, 2019 in Eagle River, Alaska. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Cars drive along Business Boulevard during the Grand Parade at the Eagle River Bear Paw Festival on Saturday, July 13, 2019 in Eagle River, Alaska. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Members of Thee Northern Sound, the Colony High marching band, perform during the Grand Parade at the Eagle River Bear Paw Festival on Saturday, July 13, 2019 in Eagle River, Alaska. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Color guard members lead the Grand Parade during the Eagle River Bear Paw Festival on Saturday, July 13, 2019 in Eagle River, Alaska. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Reily Raulerson hammers a board as part of the Elks Club float at the Grand Parade during the Eagle River Bear Paw Festival on Saturday, July 13, 2019 in Eagle River, Alaska. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Rodeo Alaska members ride in the Grand Parade during the Eagle River Bear Paw Festival on Saturday, July 13, 2019 in Eagle River, Alaska. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • The Eagle River Bear Paw Festival on Saturday, July 13, 2019. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • A participant in the Grand Parade waves from the Kiwanis/Boys and Girls Club Keystone Kops float at the Eagle River Bear Paw Festival on Saturday, July 13, 2019 in Eagle River, Alaska. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Birchwood Christian School’s Tyler Huston dunks a basketball during the Grand Parade at the Eagle River Bear Paw Festival on Saturday, July 13, 2019 in Eagle River, Alaska. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Members of the Alaska Military Youth Academy march in the Grand Parade during the Eagle River Bear Paw Festival on Saturday, July 13, 2019 in Eagle River, Alaska. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Bear Paw Queen Katie Fletcher waves to the crowd during the Grand Parade at the Eagle River Bear Paw Festival on Saturday, July 13, 2019 in Eagle River, Alaska. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Members of the Okamoto’s Karate entry march in the Grand Parade during the Eagle River Bear Paw Festival on Saturday, July 13, 2019 in Eagle River, Alaska. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Members of the Alaska Celtic Pipe and Drums group perform during the Grand Parade at the Eagle River Bear Paw Festival on Saturday, July 13, 2019 in Eagle River, Alaska. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Odd Man Rush Brewing owner Reid McDonald drives in the Grand Parade during the Eagle River Bear Paw Festival on Saturday, July 13, 2019 in Eagle River, Alaska. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Katie Kingsley gestures to the crowd as part of the Alaska Quality Septic float during the Grand Parade during the Eagle River Bear Paw Festival on Saturday, July 13, 2019 in Eagle River, Alaska. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Members of the Chugiak Soccer Club hand out water during the Grand Parade at the Eagle River Bear Paw Festival on Saturday, July 13, 2019 in Eagle River, Alaska. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Kelsey Ingram waves as part of the Alaska Soda Jerk float during the Grand Parade at the Eagle River Bear Paw Festival on Saturday, July 13, 2019 in Eagle River, Alaska. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Members of theCrossing play music during the Grand Parade during the Eagle River Bear Paw Festival on Saturday, July 13, 2019 in Eagle River, Alaska. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • The Bear Paw Grand Parade was held during the Eagle River Bear Paw Festival on Saturday, July 13, 2019 in Eagle River, Alaska. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • “Jasper” waves to the crowd as part of the Walmart float during the Eagle River Bear Paw Festival on Saturday, July 13, 2019 in Eagle River, Alaska. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Children wave during the Grand Parade at the Eagle River Bear Paw Festival on Saturday, July 13, 2019 in Eagle River, Alaska. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Musicians with the Yahweh Worship Center float perform during the Grand Parade at the Eagle River Bear Paw Festival on Saturday, July 13, 2019 in Eagle River, Alaska. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • The Eagle Eye Storage eagle gestures to the crowd during the Grand Parade at the Eagle River Bear Paw Festival on Saturday, July 13, 2019 in Eagle River, Alaska. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Two men walk past an earthquake simulator during the Eagle River Bear Paw Festival on Saturday, July 13, 2019 in Eagle River, Alaska. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Brian Anderson reacts while riding the bungee jump ride during the Eagle River Bear Paw Festival on Friday, July 12, 2019 in Eagle River, Alaska. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • The view of the Bear Paw carnival at the Eagle River Bear Paw Festival on Saturday, July 13, 2019 in Eagle River, Alaska. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Crowds walk through the carnival midway during the Eagle River Bear Paw Festival on Friday, July 12, 2019 in Eagle River, Alaska. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star) Crowds walk through the carnival midway during the Eagle River Bear Paw Festival on Friday, July 12, 2019 in Eagle River, Alaska. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Elle Jeffries, left, and Katie Collins react while riding the 1001 Nights ride during the Eagle River Bear Paw Festival on Friday, July 12, 2019 in Eagle River, Alaska. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • A child covers his nose during the Odor Eaters Rotten Sneaker Contest at the Eagle River Bear Paw Festival on Friday, July 12, 2019. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce president Colin Fay talks to Slippery Salmon “O’Fishals” before the start of t he Slippery Salmon Olympics at the Eagle River Bear Paw Festival on Saturday, July 13, 2019 in Eagle River, Alaska. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Jaclyn Olds reacts as she prepares to hand off to teammate Amanda Rodriguez during the Slippery Salmon Olympics event at the Eagle River Bear Paw Festival on Saturday, July 13, 2019 in Eagle River, Alaska. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Jake Paolucci completes the Slippery Salmon Olympics during the Eagle River Bear Paw Festival on Friday, July 12, 2019 in Eagle River, Alaska. Paolucci and teammate Joshua Cordes won the event for the St. Andrew Parish “Holy Mackerel” team. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Anchorage assemblyman John Weddleton participates in the Slippery Salmon Olympics at the Eagle River Bear Paw Festival on Saturday, July 13, 2019 in Eagle River, Alaska. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Participants in the Slippery Salmon Olympics clean their hands after competing in the salmon relay race during the Eagle River Bear Paw Festival on Saturday, July 13, 2019 in Eagle River, Alaska. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Children walk down a hill in Town Square Park after attending the Teddy Bear Picnic during the Eagle River Bear Paw Festival on Friday, July 12, 2019 in Eagle River, Alaska. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Leighton Jones, 4, smiles as she looks at her painted face during the Teddy Bear Picnic at the Eagle River Bear Paw Festival on Friday, July 12, 2019. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Star photo by Matt Tunseth
  • Children throw stuffed animals into the air during the Teddy Bear Picnic at the Eagle River Bear Paw Festival in Eagle River, Alaska on Friday, July 12, 2019. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • People walk along Business Boulevard at the Eagle River Bear Paw Festival in Eagle River, Alaska on Sunday, July 14, 2019. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)

Massive crowds turned out for Bear Paw over the weekend as people weary of scorching temperatures and smoky skies allowed the 2019 festival to beat out dipnetting as the hottest ticket in Southcentral.

Event organizers don’t charge admission so getting hard numbers on attendance is tricky, but the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber does have one way to estimate crowd size: trash. Rinckey said the group’s Dumpsters have never before been filled by the end of the festival.

“We filled them up by 7 o’clock last night,” chamber executive director Debbie Rinckey said Sunday afternoon as the festival wound down under a warm drizzle — the first rain in more than a month.

Rinckey said the chamber also had to up its Port-a-potty order as the crowd swelled.

“It’s been amazing,” Rinckey said. “We’re super happy.”

Beary special

Signs the festival would be one to remember were everywhere starting Friday, when huge throngs of teddy bear-toting toddlers packed the hill in Town Square Park for the annual Teddy Bear Picnic. The turnout was so large, organizers had to run next door to Carrs for more hot dogs.

“We’ve gone through 1,250 of them,” said Julie Estey of Matanuska Electric Association, which co-sponsored the event with Carrs and Alaska Regional Hospital.

Painted faces and balloons were everywhere at the picnic, which featured both the cleanest drag race and smelliest shoe display in the state in the Lunchbox Derby and Odor Eaters Rotten Sneaker Contest.

In the derby, children were tasked with creating cars from vegetables. One contestant, 10-year-old Lizzie Dale of Eagle River, said her secret was securing her potato wheels with specialized bolts.

“Last year I used turnips — bad idea,” she said after sending her vehicle down a short ramp. “This year I used carrots — good idea.”

At the rotten sneaker contest, the Hamm family once again out-stunk the competition as Bennett Hamm took first place with a pair of stinky sneakers he said acquired their funk through hours of skateboarding and helping his mom, Lauren, in the garden.

“We’ve got a bunch of rough-and-tumble kids,” said Lauren Hamm, whose son, Hunter, won the local and national contest in 2018.

Members of the family have won the local and national contest the last four years in a row, with Hamm cousins Senneca and Connor Slocombe winning in 2018 and 2016, respectively. For winning this year, the family received $200 and a trip to New York City for the national contest, which awards a $2,500 top prize.

Eagle River loves a parade

On Saturday, people began staking their claims to real estate alongside the Old Glenn Highway and Business Boulevard by plopping down camp chairs two hours before the 11 a.m. Grand Parade.

Things kicked into high gear at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, when 597 runners — 34 more than last year — raced through the streets and bike trails around Eagle River for the Bear Paw 5k, which saw a pair of local winners in Chugiak High runner Michael Earnhart and CHS grad Hannah Booher.

Even the parade was a bit extra, taking about 10 minutes longer than its allotted one hour to snake through the town’s main drag. Former chamber special events director Merry Braham and her husband, Mitch, were honored as Grand Marshals for the event, whose theme was “Shake, Rattle and Rebuild.” Many of the floats referenced the Nov. 30, 2018 earthquake and the area’s ability to recover from the magnitude 7.1 earthquake — one by the local Elks Club featured children pounding hammers while framing up a new building.

Rinckey said this year’s slightly revamped festival grounds and some new events — as well as a second night for the hugely popular music and beer garden — may have helped spur attendance.

“People are coming up to me and saying they want us to have that twice a month,” Rinckey said.

The weather was mild all weekend, with overcast skies a welcome break from the high 80s of the week before. Big lines formed behind food vendors as the smell of Polynesian barbecue and cotton candy wafted over the festival grounds, which encompassed Business Boulevard and Town Square Park. All-Alaskan events dominated the landscape, with everything from a salmon cook-off to an Xtratuf decorating contest.

Sen. Dan Sullivan made an appearance at the annual Slippery Salmon Olympics, where he and Kirk Alkire — an Army veteran who led the effort to rename “Gold Star Peak” near Eklutna Lake — competed in the salmon-and-soda relay race.

From the slimy spectacle of a senator running with a slippery salmon to the silliness of the human foosball tournament to the skill on display Sunday at Bear Paw’s Got Talent, big crowds of families turned out to laugh, cheer and come together for one of the state’s most popular summertime events.

Rinckey said the event couldn’t come together without the efforts of dozens of volunteers, including the crew of worker bees led by Leslie Lance, who is stepping down after 20 years of managing the logistics of the massive festival. From emptying trash to setting down (and taking apart) event venues, Rinckey said “Leslie’s Crew” is the heart and soul of the operation. And to honor Lance, Rinckey said her name will live on in Bear Paw tradition.

“We’re still going to call it ‘Leslie’s Crew,’” she said.

Fish and family

The festival has become a family tradition for people from Anchorage to the Mat-Su, and that’s the case for Comset Chopped Salmon Throwdown third-place finishers Rayshana and mother Vern Alexander, who cooked on behalf of “Pops” Alexander, an Army veteran and longtime area resident who inspired the duo’s “Special Sauce Glazed Salmon.”

“We’re here in honor of dad today,” Rayshana Alexander said of her late father. “Now he’s at Fort Rich, bless his soul.”

The cook-off included a raffle in which each of the six entries were raffled off to the crowd. Eagle River’s Marcy Wilder won the second-place salmon tortas cooked up by Barb Leaf and Mike Troit. Wilder said it’s the second year in a row she’s won a dish cooked by Leaf, who happens to be her co-worker at Greatland Property Management.

“I know it’s going to be amazing,” Wilder said before taking a bite. “Everything she cooks is delicious, she’s always spoiling us at work.”

Bear Paw wrapped Sunday afternoon with the annual Rotary Club I-Did-A-Duck raffle, which saw nearly 2,000 colorful plastic ducks splashed with a couple hundred gallons of water down a short plastic runway and into a kiddie pool, where Bear Paw Queen Katie Fletcher was waiting to pick the winners in the raffle, which featured a $1,000 first prize and dozens of smaller prizes.

Rinckey said the chamber is already hard at work planning for next year’s event, and hinted they’ve already come up with a theme for the 2020 event.

“It might just have something to do with the Roaring 20’s.”

Editor’s note: This story has been altered from a previous version to remove the names of the Chopped Salmon Throwdown winners.

2019 BEAR PAW FESTIVAL EVENT WINNERS (provided by Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce)

Bear Paw Royalty

Miss Bear Paw: Katie Fletcher

Bear Paw Princess: Kylie Grue

Bear Paw Ambassadors: Natasha Wanner and Sydney Kelley

Bear Paw Community Service Awards

Community Service Award: Dawn Hoxie, Northrim Bank

President’s Award: Matt Tomter, Matanuska Brewing

Community Service Organization: Eagle River-Chugiak Parks and Recreawtion

Bear Paw Classic 5K race

Men - Michael Earnhart

Women - Hannah Booher

Odor Eaters Rotten Sneakers

1st - Bennett Hamm - Age 7

2nd - Benjamin Thrasher - Age 7

3rd - Sean Ferguson - Age 10

Lunchbox Derby

1st - Connor Slocombe, 12 feet, 6 inches

2nd - Bryston Toth, 7 feet, 6 inches

3rd - Oliver Taal, 6 feet, 6 inches

Classic Car Show

People’s Choice - Dean Cox, 1980 Triumph tr8

Best in Show - Red Firebird

Best Truck - Orange truck

Classic/Antique - 1969 black Ford Falcon

Muscle Car - 1969 black Ford Falcon

Kiwanis International and Boys and Girls Club Eagle River Kid’s Button Art Contest

Winner: Madison Bauer

Chugiak-Eagle River Young Professional’s Group Alaska Backyard Style Cornhole Tournament

Team Chandler and Chandler (Bruce and Chandler)

Grand Parade

Grand Prize - Girl Scouts of America - All Chugiak Eagle River Girl’s Troops

Best Theme - Eagle River Orthodontics

Judges’ Choice - Birchwood Camp

Honorable Mentions: Eagle River Elks 2682, Yahweh Worship Center, Alaska Quality Septic

MTA Slippery Salmon Olympics

1st Place Holy Mackerel - St. Andrews Parish - (Josh Cordes and Jake Paolucci)

2nd Place Slippery Salmon Clean-Up Crew (Quinn Rinckey and Alyssa Andrews)

All Seasons Clothing Xtra Tuf Adeventures

1st Place – Katie Fletcher

2nd Place – The Dolan’s

3rd Place – Elsie Davis

4th Place – Lego Boots

5th Place (TIE) – The Corbett’s & Veronica Hoxie

Chugiak-Eagle River Women in Business Lego Competition

TBA

The Art of Trash

First Place: Andy Ironhart

Bear Paw’s Got Talent

Best Vocalist & Bear Paw’s Choice – Lacy Jay

Best Musician – Elaine Flagg

Best Variety Act – Holly Jensen

Human Foosball

Winners: Team Olimpia

VCA Dog & Owner Look-a-Like

TBA

Motorcycle Show

TBA

Summer Family Relay

“The Landers Family”

Comset Chopped Salmon Throwdown

1. Coho Crushers

2. Senior Duo (Barb Leaf and Mike Troit)

3. Pops Alexander (Rayshana Alexander and Vern Alexander)

VCA Dog/Owner Look-A-Like Contest

Kids:

1st- Eli and Gideon Bloom with their dog Darth

2nd- Sadie Lamarche with Lulu

3rd- Hayden O’Neill with Pixie

4th- Glacier Velasquez with Cinder

Adults:

1st- Kim Berger with Coco

2nd- Patty Hickok with Charlie

3rd- Felisha Showmaker with Bear

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