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The Fur Flies in Alaska

By Linda Tancs

An event celebrating winter’s transition is Alaska’s Fur Rendezvous, also known as Fur Rondy.  Fur in this instance refers to fur swappers, who would meet at winter’s end and exchange their pelts. Held in Anchorage since the 1930s, the event includes sled dog rides, craft shows, a carnival, reindeer runs and a blanket toss.  Of particular note are the Rondy pins (as in lapel pins) commemorating each year’s festival, a popular collector’s item.  This is also home to the World Championship Sled Dog Races.  Enjoy it through 6 March.


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