Let these Anchorage Fur Rendezvous memories take you back and fill your heart with happy memories of Rondys gone by with nostalgic pictures, videos, and stories you'll love.
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Michael Landon Rides
in the Fur Rondy Parade
The NBC western TV series Bonanza was on television from 1959 to 1973. Michael Landon, who played "Little Joe Cartwright" was on Bonanza, and was quite …
1965 Fur Rendezvous
Back in 1965, I walked to downtown Anchorage to film the Fur Rendezvous parade and other Rondy activities with my new 8mm film camera. I was attending …
in the Fur Rondy Parade
If you were in a marching band in Anchorage's yearly February, Fun Rendezvous Parade, there were three things you always worried about. Would you slip …
Rainbow Girl Drill team Not rated yet
I lived on Fort Richardson and belong to the Rainbow Girls of Anchorage. We had a drill team, and we practiced in the hangers at Elmendorf. We marched …
Fur Rondy Corn Dogs Not rated yet
Yes! I loved my Fur Rondy corn dogs. I liked them best with ketchup. My husband Mike told me he liked his best with mustard. It was the grand opening …
My Mom Got Put in
the Rondy Jail Not rated yet
My first memory of the Fur Rendezvous was a little scary. I was about 5 years old when I experienced my first Fur Rondy. Dad was working, so mom took …
Anchorage's Winter Carnival Not rated yet
It All Started Back in 1935 By Mary J. Dougherty The first Anchorage Fur Rendezvous was February 15th through the 17th. Vern Johnson and …
Photo by Gene Gough
Back in 2012, the Fur Rendezvous Festival was selected as the number one Winter Carnival in the world, by National Geographic Traveler.
The name “Fur Rendezvous” came into being when fur trappers got together to sell their furs and kick up a little snow as a way to shake off the long winter in early Anchorage.
In Alaska, everyone knows that late February is time for fun.
Now, people from all over the world converge in Anchorage, Alaska for events like:
And much more fun, food, and games
Have you ever ridden a Ferris Wheel in the winter when it was below zero outside?
That's just one of the fun, and unique attractions Mike and Mary, the authors of Anchorage Memories.com remember enjoying.
One year Mike and his brother Tom and their band “The Matadors” played on the Melodrama stage during Rondy for a delighted crowd.
And each year, Anchorage's popular 4th Avenue Theater played a movie to compliment the Fur Rendezvous.
One year Mike and Mary remember seeing the Charlie Chaplin silent movie “The Gold Rush.” Another time, the 4th Avenue played “Joniko and the Kush Ta Ka” an Alaskan movie produced in Juneau, Alaska by filmmaker, Chuck Keen.
And one year they screened a locally produced movie about an Iditarod dog sled team titled “Hot Foot to Nome.”
We'd love to read your Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Stories.
People from around the world travel to Anchorage, Alaska each year to experience North America's number one winter carnival.
Alaska is a special place and Anchorage's winter carnival is a great experience.
To learn more, visit the Greater Anchorage, Inc website.