Anchorage Fur Rendezvous

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Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Memories

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KENI-TV Fur Rondy Coverage

KENI-TV Fur Rendezvous personalities

Left to right are KENI General Manager Al Bramstedt, News Anchor Ty Clark, Camera Operator Jim Balog, Bill Stewart and Host Orville Lake.

Remember the

KENI-TV Rondy Sled Dog Race theme song?

It was De Selvera's “Sleigh-Ride in Alaska” (1959).

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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
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 …

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
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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 …

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 …

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Fur Rondy


Photo by Gene Gough

Fur Rendezvous Anchorage Alaska 1946Rondy fun for all ages

The following 3 minute

1959 Anchorage

Fur Rendezvous Film

has no sound

Are you, your family

or friends in this film?

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

Do you know anyone

in this film?

Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Memories

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 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.”

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Rondy Memories

Mike of Anchorage Memories recalls getting out of school to enjoy the Fur Rendezvous.

When we were teenagers, mom drove me, my sister Anna and brother Tom to downtown Anchorage during the Rendezvous, gave us each some spending money and told us where she would meet us later and to enjoy our day.

We would walk around, watch the dogs getting ready to race, go to the Carnival, or maybe even see a special movie at the 4th Avenue Theatre.

The Fur Rendezvous was a fun time for everyone. And we could also stay home to watch all the excitement of the sled dog races on KENI-TV channel 2.”

Great Memories

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.