SEWARD — This town was flush with fun and enthusiasm Sunday as residents and visitors prepared for an Independence Day celebration that has traditionally been among the biggest and most vibrant in Alaska.
Thousands of people strolled through downtown for a street fair with plenty of stands and vendors.
The fish toss was among the most popular downtown events, with dozens of 2-person teams tossing salmon back and forth as they moved farther apart with each succeeding catch.
Another popular event with the kids was arm wrestling. Youngsters took on Goliath the Bear and predictably came out on top over the bruin in every instance.
Over at Seward High School on Sunday night, competitors in Monday’s Mount Marathon race gathered for the traditional bib auction and to receive final instructions. The last few spots for the 94th running of the race went for as much as $600 in a live-bid auction.
The celebration closed with a late-night boat parade and a fireworks display over Resurrection Bay.
Emily Mesner is a multimedia journalist for the Anchorage Daily News. She previously worked for the National Park Service at Denali National Park and Preserve and the Western Arctic National Parklands in Kotzebue, at the Cordova Times and at the Jackson Citizen Patriot in Jackson, Michigan.