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'Occupy Sesame Street' wins Rondy costume contest

Mike Dunham,Casey Grove
Location: Fur Rondy, 05/25/12
Photo courtesy of Thomas Stokesberry / ADN reader submission
Location: Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, 2/25/2012 Exhibit of 32 Mexican Traditional Dresses, one for each state.
Photo courtesy of Consulate of Mexico / ADN reader submission
Location: Downtown Anchorage, 2/2512 Two teams entering turn 1 under the green light in Saturday's Fur Rondy Outhouse Races.
Photo courtesy of Ed Scott / ADN reader submission
Location: Frostbite Footrace, 02/25/2012 Be "CAUSE" We Care, We Walk For Everyone!!
Photo courtesy of Lindsey Holland / ADN reader submission
Location: Bed Races Hilltip Ski Area Anchorage AK, 02/25/2012 ER Team won 2nd place
Photo courtesy of Lesa Hollen / ADN reader submission
Location: Anchorage, 03/03/12 Running of the Reindeer
Photo courtesy of Sam Oh / ADN reader submission
Location: Downtown Anchorage, 02/27/12
Photo courtesy of Dot Seymour / ADN reader submission
Location: Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, 2/25/2012 Meet The World Event, Mexican Dance Group Xochiquetzal- Tiqun.
Photo courtesy of Consulate of Mexico / ADN reader submission
Location: Hilltop Ski Area, 2/2512 Team Mayhem chilling at the bar between 'heats' in Saturday's Fur Rondy Bed Races.
Photo courtesy of Ed Scott / ADN reader submission
Location: 4th Ave., 02/24/12 Caroline Burns
Photo courtesy of Chris / ADN reader submission
Location: Bed Race at Hilltop Ski Area Anchorage, AK, 02/25/12 Wild Salmon team photo - Native fishing for salmon only if there is no Pebble Mine
Photo courtesy of Lesa Hollen / ADN reader submission
Location: Fur Rondy, 2/26/12
Photo courtesy of Susan R. Serna / ADN reader submission
Location: rumrunners, anchorage, 02/25/12 Mrs Arizona
Photo courtesy of dave davieau / ADN reader submission
Location: Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, 2/25/2012 Meet The World Event.
Photo courtesy of Consulate of Mexico / ADN reader submission
Location: Anchorage , 2/25/2012
Photo courtesy of Susan Hendricks / ADN reader submission
Location: Anchorage, 2//25/12
Photo courtesy of Mike Criss / ADN reader submission
Location: Bed Races Hilltop Ski Area Anchorage, AK, 02/25/12 YSP Team Photo - Awesome emotion and spirit
Photo courtesy of Lesa Hollen / ADN reader submission
Location: Fur Rondy Parade, 02/25/12
Photo courtesy of Chris Jung / ADN reader submission
Location: 6th & D, 02/25/12 Arctic Warriors we salute you
Photo courtesy of dave davieau / ADN reader submission
Location: Hilltop Ski Area, 2/2512 Team Tequila poses for pictures between heats in Saturday's Fur Rondy Bed Races.
Photo courtesy of Ed Scott / ADN reader submission
Location: Anchorage, 2/25/2012
Photo courtesy of Susan Hendricks / ADN reader submission
Location: Anchorage, 2//25/12
Photo courtesy of Mike Criss / ADN reader submission
Location: Bed Races Hilltop Ski Area Anchorage, AK, 02/25/12 Tequila Team Photo - love the color
Photo courtesy of Lesa Hollen / ADN reader submission
Location: Fur Rondy Parade, 02/25/12
Photo courtesy of Amie Haakenson / ADN reader submission
Location: Parking deck, 6th level, 02/25/12
Photo courtesy of dave davieau / ADN reader submission
Location: Hilltop Ski Area, 2 All smiles as racers approach the finish line in Saturday's Fur Rondy Bed Races.
Photo courtesy of Ed Scott / ADN reader submission
Location: Anchorage, 2/25/2012
Photo courtesy of Susan Hendricks / ADN reader submission
Location: Anchorage, 2//25/12
Photo courtesy of Mike Criss / ADN reader submission
Location: Bed Races Anchorage, AK, 02/25/12 ER Team team members stating number one!
Photo courtesy of Lesa Hollen / ADN reader submission
Location: Fur Rondy Parade, 02/25/12
Photo courtesy of Chris Jung / ADN reader submission
Location: 6th & D, 02/25/12 Thanks for your service and your sacrifice
Photo courtesy of dave davieau / ADN reader submission
Location: Anchorage, AK, 02/26/12 Lead dogs of third place finisher Egil Ellis during the World Championship Sled Dog Races February 26th 2012.
Photo courtesy of Jenifer Park / ADN reader submission
Location: Anchorage, AK, 02/26/12 World Championship Sled Dog Race - Day 3
Photo courtesy of Michael Hill / ADN reader submission
Location: Anchorage, 2//25/12
Photo courtesy of Mike Criss / ADN reader submission
Location: Softball Fields Anchorage, AK, 02/25/12 Snowshoe Softball went to the Dogs - great dog costume w ears and tail
Photo courtesy of Lesa Hollen / ADN reader submission
Location: Goose Lake, 02/25/12
Photo courtesy of Courtney Potkey / ADN reader submission
Location: 6th & D, 02/25/12 Have too much time on your hands......
Photo courtesy of dave davieau / ADN reader submission
Location: Anchorage, AK, 02/26/12 Rookie Kevin Cook races his team to a second place finish during the World Championship Sled Dog Races February 26th 2012.
Photo courtesy of Jenifer Park / ADN reader submission
Location: Anchorage, AK, 02/26/12 World Championship Sled Dog Race - Day 3
Photo courtesy of Michael Hill / ADN reader submission
Location: Anchorage, 2//25/12
Photo courtesy of Mike Criss / ADN reader submission
Location: Fur Rondy, 03/03-2012 I took this picture of my wife and this Rondy Spectator. He raises funds for a charity. The Extra newspaper is published in New Ulm Minnesota.
Photo courtesy of glen schoaf / ADN reader submission
Location: Anchorage, Ak, 02/25/12 Snowshoe Softball Fields - trying to run in snowshoes a very difficult endeavor
Photo courtesy of Lesa Hollen / ADN reader submission
Location: Goose Lake, 02/25/12
Photo courtesy of Courtney Potkey / ADN reader submission
Location: Anchorage, 02/26/2012 Blanket Toss at the 2012 Fur Rondy Festival
Photo courtesy of Sam Oh / ADN reader submission
Location: Anchorage, AK, 02/26/12 Will Kornmuller's lead dogs on the way back to Anchorage and the finish line for the World Championship Sled Dog Races on February 26th 2012.
Photo courtesy of Jenifer Park / ADN reader submission
Location: Anchorage, AK, 02/26/12 World Championship Sled Dog Race - Day 3
Photo courtesy of Michael Hill / ADN reader submission
Location: Anchorage, 2//25/12
Photo courtesy of Mike Criss / ADN reader submission
Location: Government Hill, 02/25/12 View of down town from Gov Hill...(c) Ed Boudreau
Photo courtesy of Ed Boudreau / ADN reader submission
Location: Anchorage, Ak, 02/25/12 Fireworks Fur Rondy - Hearts glowing through out festival
Photo courtesy of Lesa Hollen / ADN reader submission
Location: Goose Lake, 02/26/12
Photo courtesy of Courtney Potkey / ADN reader submission
Location: Downtown Carnival Area, 02-25-12 Eskimo Blanket Toss
Photo courtesy of Sandee Rice / ADN reader submission
Location: Anchorage, 2/25/12 Annie, Caitlin, and Lisa at the Frostbite Footrace
Photo courtesy of Russ / ADN reader submission
Location: Anchorage, AK, 02/26/12 World Championship Sled Dog Race - Day 3
Photo courtesy of Michael Hill / ADN reader submission
Location: Anchorage, 2//25/12
Photo courtesy of Mike Criss / ADN reader submission
Location: Fur Rondy 2012, 2012
Photo courtesy of N/A / ADN reader submission
Location: Rondy Parade, 2/25/12 6 Beauties in one car
Photo courtesy of Dave Davieau / ADN reader submission
Location: Goose Lake, 02/26/12
Photo courtesy of Courtney Potkey / ADN reader submission
Location: Downtown Carnival Area, 02-25-12 Eskimo Blanket Toss
Photo courtesy of Sandee Rice / ADN reader submission
Location: Anchorage, AK, 02/26/12 John Erhart navigates his dog team near the Alaska Native Medical Center during the last day of the World Championship Sled Dog Races February 26th 2012.
Photo courtesy of Jenifer Park / ADN reader submission
Location: Anchorage, AK, 02/26/12 World Championship Sled Dog Race - Day 3
Photo courtesy of Michael Hill / ADN reader submission
Location: Carnival, 02/25/12 Freworks
Photo courtesy of Dene Stovall / ADN reader submission
Location: Down town, 2/27/2012
Photo courtesy of Fur Rondy 2012 / ADN reader submission
Location: Postmark Drive, 02/25/12 Fireworks over Anchorage during Fur Rondy.
Photo courtesy of Rocky Grimes / ADN reader submission
Location: Goose Lake, 02/26/12
Photo courtesy of Courtney Potkey / ADN reader submission
Location: Downtown Carnival Area, 02-25-12 Fireworks
Photo courtesy of Sandee Rice / ADN reader submission
Location: Downtown Anchorage, 2/2512 Balto dressed for the Fur Rondy.
Photo courtesy of Ed Scott / ADN reader submission
Location: Anchorage, AK, 02/26/12 World Championship Sled Dog Race - Day 3
Photo courtesy of Michael Hill / ADN reader submission
Location: Anchorage, 15th & Cordova Intersection, 02/25/12 We were watching the dog teams racing
Photo courtesy of Jeffery Kiunya / ADN reader submission
Location: Hilltop, 2/25/12
Photo courtesy of Erin Widby / ADN reader submission
Location: Goose Lake, 02/26/12
Photo courtesy of Courtney Potkey / ADN reader submission
Location: Downtown Carnival Area, 02-25-12 fireworks
Photo courtesy of Sandee Rice / ADN reader submission
Location: Downtown Anchorage, 2/2512 The Humpy's team tries it backwards in the Rondy Outhouse Races.
Photo courtesy of Ed Scott / ADN reader submission
Location: Anchorage DownTown, 02-25-11 Rondy Fireworks
Photo courtesy of Sandee Rice / ADN reader submission
Location: On ANMC Campus, Bike Trail, 2/25/12 Watching and taking pictures of the dog teams passing through
Photo courtesy of Jeffery Kiunya / ADN reader submission
Location: Fur Rondy 2012, 03/03/12 Getting ready for the Running Of The Reindeer.
Photo courtesy of Talitha / ADN reader submission
Location: Goose Lake, 02/26/12
Photo courtesy of Courtney Potkey / ADN reader submission
Location: Downtown Carnival Area, 02-25-12 Fireworks
Photo courtesy of Sandee Rice / ADN reader submission
Location: Downtown Anchorage, 2/2512 The Team 477th's stealth crapper flying low in Saturday's Rondy Outhouse Races.
Photo courtesy of Ed Scott / ADN reader submission
Location: Anchorage DownTown, 02-25-12 Downtown Rondy Fire works
Photo courtesy of Sandee Rice / ADN reader submission
Location: On ANMC Campus, Bike Trail, 02/25/12 Watching and taking pictures of the dog teams passing through
Photo courtesy of Jeffery Kiunya / ADN reader submission
Location: Anchorage, 03/03/12 Running with the Reindeer in Anchorage, AK
Photo courtesy of Albert Marquez / ADN reader submission
Location: Anchorage, 2-2012 snow sculptures at Fur Rondy
Photo courtesy of me / ADN reader submission
Location: Downtown Carnival Area, 02-25-12 Fireworks
Photo courtesy of Sandee Rice / ADN reader submission
Location: Downtown Anchorage, 2/2512 Teams PooPooPeeDoo and Duck Farts at the starting line in Saturday's Rondy Outhouse Races.
Photo courtesy of Ed Scott / ADN reader submission
Location: Anchorage DownTown, 02-25-12 Downtown Anchorage Rondy Fireworks
Photo courtesy of Sandee Rice / ADN reader submission
Location: Anchorage , 2/25/2012 Bonding moment before the 2012 Anchorage Fur Rendezvous World Championship Sled Dog Race downtown.
Photo courtesy of Susan Hendricks / ADN reader submission
Location: Anchorage, 03/03/12 Running of the Reindeer
Photo courtesy of Sam Oh / ADN reader submission
Location: Grand Parade, 02/25/12 Green Star and Bike to Work Day promotes winter bicycle riding.
Photo courtesy of Green Star / ADN reader submission
Location: Dowtown Anchorage, 2/22/12 Competitors and supporters of the Fur Rondy Big Air Contest working on the landing.
Photo courtesy of Michael Barber / ADN reader submission
Location: Downtown, 02/25/2012 Communities Mobilizing for Change on Alcohol (which aims to reduce access of alcohol to youth under 21)participated for the first time in the Outhouse Races this year, taking home first place for both the youth division and most realistic.
Photo courtesy of Mishelle / ADN reader submission
Location: Downtown Anchorage, 2/2512 Outhouse Team Royal Highneee and Team Moose Meet Wagon neck and neck in the Fur Rondy Outhouse Races.
Photo courtesy of Ed Scott / ADN reader submission
Location: Carnival during Fur Rondy, 02-25-12
Photo courtesy of Sandee Rice / ADN reader submission
Location: Bed Races Hilltop Fur Rondy Anchorage, AK, 02/24/2012 YSP Team crashing into bails of hay - Multiple body parts flying and people laughing
Photo courtesy of Lesa Hollen / ADN reader submission
Location: Anchorage, 03/03/12 Running of the Reindeer
Photo courtesy of Sam Oh / ADN reader submission
Location: Fur Rondy, 02/25/12
Photo courtesy of Thomas Stokesberry / ADN reader submission
Location: Downtown Anchorage, 02/25/2012 Communities Mobilizing for Change on Alcohol (which aims to reduce access of alcohol to youth under 21)participated for the first time in the Outhouse Races this year, taking home first place for both the youth division and most realistic.
Photo courtesy of Mishelle / ADN reader submission
Location: Downtown Anchorage, 2/2512 Team Capt. Crap Sparrow and Team Pull My Finger go skid to skid in Turn 1 of Saturday's Fur Rondy Outhouse Race.
Photo courtesy of Ed Scott / ADN reader submission
Location: Downtown Carnival Area, 02-25-12 Blanket Toss
Photo courtesy of Sandee Rice / ADN reader submission
Location: Bed Races Fur Rondy Anchorage Alaska, 02/25/12 Team member enjoying the slide
Photo courtesy of Lesa Hollen / ADN reader submission
Location: Anchorage, 03/03/12 Running of the Reindeer
Photo courtesy of Sam Oh / ADN reader submission

The "Occupy Town Square" outpost near City Hall was missing from downtown as the 2012 Anchorage Fur Rendezvous rolled along on Saturday. But "Occupy Sesame Street" -- the name of a group entry in the Frostbite Fun Run that featured runners dressed as Elmo, Big Bird and friends -- was on hand. In fact they finished first in the group costume competition.

Other award winners in various categories included a Tarzan guy, Pacman with a Ghost, characters from "The Wizard of Oz" and living Russian "Matuska" nesting dolls.

Some thought that the three runners dressed as whales from the "Big Miracle" movie deserved a mention, but the top Corporate or Organization Group costume prize went to "Because We Care," a set of runners representing local charities.

Parade and firetruck

Temperatures were in the teens, but the sun was bright and there was no wind in the morning, which seemed to bring out the crowds who lined Fifth and Sixth avenues for the run and the Grand Parade that followed. Highlights included the awesome Oshkosh 4500 ladder truck of the airport's aircraft rescue and firefighter unit -- more a like a Navy destroyer on wheels than a firetruck.

Cyclists on fat-tire bikes promoted biking to work. A float of "polyp people" and a giant colon made of balloons promoted colorectal cancer awareness. The great blue Cordova Ice Worm, 100 feet long or more, was animated by at least 40 Anchorage school children. People cheered when the inflatable Statue of Liberty on the Liberty Tax Preparation Service float did a limbo back bend to get under the Fifth Avenue Skywalk at Egan Center.

Snowball precision

Rondy goers also flocked Saturday to Hilltop Ski Area in South Anchorage, where Yukigassen teams blasted each other with perfect, round snowballs at one end of the Hilltop base area in the snowball fighting competition's second year at Rondy, and up the hill a ways, costumed racers jumped on plastic-wrapped mattresses for the Great Alaskan Bed Races.

In Yukigassen, teams don hockey helmets with face masks and pummel each other with snowballs in a version of capture the flag. Ducking and weaving, the competitors take cover behind rectangular barricades and hurl the pre-made snowballs. If a player is hit, he's out of the game.

"That's why I came here. If I can just get one guy in the face, it's a good day," said Viktor Baklanov of the Centaurs, who had just lost to the Big Test Icicles.

In the next match, a team sponsored by Lynden Transport battled to a 2-1 victory when Mike Forsythe stole the other team's flag in a wild sprint. Forsythe, who doesn't look much like a sprinter, was winded and might have vomited a little after the match-winning grab.

"I ran out of ammo and just went for it," Forsythe said. "It's a great time. It's been fun. A lot of fun."

The reigning champions, sponsored by Chilkoot Charlie's this year, espoused a strategy of patience.

"We'll just sit back and let 'em come to us. They'll rush it," said Taylor Reed.

"A lot of people, they want to be heroes and grab the flag," said teammate Justin Bode. "We just pick 'em off one at a time."

The strategy seemed to work. The 'Koots team won a battle of attrition as their opponents, Apex, hung back at first, then rushed after several players on each side were knocked out.

"We did exactly what we wanted to. Mission accomplished," Bob Livingston said. "We only get aggressive if we have to. ... That's our key. Don't be dumb."

Bed racers earn battle scars

There appeared to be far less strategy at the other side of Hilltop, where teams raced mattresses down the ski slope, slammed into hay bales and sometimes continued on through one or two layers of fencing.

Less strategy and less clothing too.

There was the Yellow Snow Patrol with yellow capes and yellow underwear over tight, white body suits. Also racing were the Real Housewives of Alaska, "which involves dudes dressed like ladies," the announcer proclaimed. Then there was the team dressed in hospital gowns and scrubs, leaving skin exposed to the harsh snow.

Cara Shelton, a travel nurse from Oklahoma, showed off some scraped skin on her hip.

"Battle scars," Shelton said.

The team had won its first heat, and Bjorn Olson -- wearing a hospital gown, goggles and little else -- shivered as they waited for the next go down the hill.

"We're trying to get a good push start, keep a low profile, be aerodynamic," Olson said. "I ate a big breakfast, you know, more weight."

Native arts on display at Egan Center

The giant Charlotte Jensen Native Arts Market at Dimond Center won't start until Wednesday, but an array of artists had their work on display at tables in the Egan Center during the Inter-Tribal Gathering. That was a one-day event. But those heading downtown for the final day of the Fur Rondy races Sunday may want to take in another large craft show, with lots of tables containing everything from Native art to jellies and live music. It's taking place daily throughout the Rondy in the 4th Avenue Marketplace.

Reach Mike Dunham at mdunham@adn.com or 257-4332.

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By MIKE DUNHAM and CASEY GROVE
Anchorage Daily News