Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Stories

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Michael Landon Rides in the Fur Rondy Parade 
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1965 Fur Rendezvous, Michael Landon, Grand Marshall 
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 …

Marching 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 …

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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 …

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It All Started Back in 1935 - By Mary J. Dougherty The first Anchorage Fur Rendezvous was February 15th thru the 17th. Vern Johnson and …

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Fur Rondy 1946

Fur Rondy Anchorage Alaska 1946

Photo courtesy of Gene Gough

The following 3 minute

1959 Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Film

has no sound

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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:

  • Blanket Toss
  • Fur Auction
  • Melodrama
  • Miner's and Trapper's Ball
  • Outhouse Races
  • Carnival Rides
  • Fur Rondy Parade
  • Snow Shoe Softball
  • And the World Champion Sled Dog Races

And much more fun, food and games

1964 Rondy Parade and Sled Dog Race

This color super 8mm film has no sound

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Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Stories

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 remember enjoying.

One year Mike and his brother Tom and their band "The Matadors" played on the Melodrama stage during Rondy for a very happy 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 film maker, Chuck Keen.

And one year they screened a locally produced movie about an Iditarod dog sled team titled "Hot Foot to Nome."

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People from around the world travel to Anchorage Alaska each year to experience North America's number one winter carnival.

Maybe you visited the great land just to enjoy the festivities. If so, you're invited to post your stories right here.

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Alaska is a very special place and Anchorage's winter carnival is a great experience.

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