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Alaska, Alaska Living, Things to Do in Alaska

March 4, 2016

FUR RONDY 2016 | THINGS TO DO IN ALASKA | WINTER

This past weekend, we headed downtown Anchorage to be a part of Fur Rondy 2016 and while it’s still going on, I gotta say, so far it’s been an AHHHHMAZING experience!

The Fur Rendezvous winter festival – known locally as Fur Rondy or “Rondy”, is a winter festival and what I love most about this festival is that it’s not just a festival. It has a story. A purpose and a reason. It’s rooted in tradition. Fur Rondy is a festival that gives Anchorage its personality.

Fur Rondy 2016 | Anchorage Alaska | Sachel Samone Photography | What to do in Alaska

Fur Rondy 2016 | Anchorage Alaska | Sachel Samone Photography | What to do in Alaska

After reading about the festival, I learned it began as a sports tournament that featured skiing, hockey, basketball, boxing and a children’s sled dog race down Fourth Avenue. Nearly the entire population of Anchorage turned out for the bonfire and torchlight parade. Since then, Fur Rondy, visitors have come from all over from to attend and stay for Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, which is the annual long-distance sled-dog race run in early March from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska, which is…roughly 1,000 miles…yea…pretty darn far y’all.

Other than the world championship sled dog races, Fur Rondy also features a carnival, a fireworks show, ice sculpture competitions and so much more. So far, I’ve had so much fun at this festival, but I can’t tell you how excited I was to see the sled dog races! Those dogs were super focused and to think at them pulling all that weight going up and down hills?!? Whew…I wish I had their stamina!

Fur Rondy 2016 | Anchorage Alaska | Sachel Samone Photography | What to do in Alaska

There are so many reasons to visit Anchorage, Alaska! The views are breathtaking, you never know what kind of animal you may run into while running to Target (seriously, a bear almost wondered into the Target by our home!!) and the culture here is unlike any other! I know a lot of people shiver when they think about visiting Alaska in the winter, but honestly the festivals that happen in the winter are just as cool as the festivals in the summer.

Fur Rondy 2016 | Anchorage Alaska | Sachel Samone Photography | What to do in Alaska

If you ever looking for a reason to visit Anchorage during the winter, aside from seeing the beauty of the Northern Lights or trying the local food, Fur Rondy and Iditarod are both great reasons to head to the far, far northwest. Now that Fur Rondy is coming to a close, I’m excited to experience the kickoff of Iditarod this weekend!

Fur Rondy 2016 | Anchorage Alaska | Sachel Samone Photography | What to do in Alaska

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