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Time to Rondy: From running of the reindeer to the Iditarod ceremonial start, here are some of the highlights

  • Author: Yoshina Okamoto
  • Updated: February 23
  • Published February 22

The Rondy fireworks explode in the sky over the Ferris wheel at the Rondy Carnival in downtown Anchorage on the first weekend of the Anchorage Fur Rondy 2015. (Bob Hallinen / ADN archive)

It's Rondy time in Anchorage. Dress warm, get the family together and make sure you don't miss these events at Alaska's premier winter festival. For a full schedule of events see furrondy.net.

Alaska State Snow Sculpture Championship

See snow sculptures from artists of all different levels at this Fur Rondy mainstay. The Division 1 winners will represent the state at the U.S. national competition. Free. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday through March 4, Ship Creek Avenue.

The GCI Snow Sculpture Competition, a popular Fur Rondy event, in 2013. (Bill Roth / ADN archive)

14th Annual Craft Alaska

Need a break from the cold? Warm up at the 14th Annual Craft Alaska, an event featuring art, crafts, snacks and more from local vendors. This year there will be booths on both levels of the mall. Free. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Feb. 23-25 and Friday-Sunday, March 24, Fourth Avenue Marketplace, 333 W. Fourth Ave.

Rondy Open World Championship Sled Dog Races

The whole family will love watching mushers and sled dog teams race around Anchorage over the course of three days for a chance to win an $80,000 prize. Free. Noon. Friday-Sunday, Fourth Avenue and D Street.

Rondy Carnival

Grab a funnel cake, play some carnival games and take in the view from the top of a Ferris wheel. The carnival will run daily, weather permitting. Free. Times vary. Friday-Sunday, Feb. 23-March 4, Third Avenue and E Street.

Fur Rondy Melodrama: 'Hope Springs Eternal (or the Dirty Deed)'

Travel back in time to 1930s Alaska, as Sue McGee takes on a dastardly villain set on stealing her inheritance: the town of Brrrr, Alaska. Opens Friday, runs Thursday-Sunday through March 10 at 49th State Brewing Company, 717 W. Third Ave. (centertix.com)

Pioneer Pancake Feed

The Pioneer Pancake Feed is a time-honored Alaska tradition. Hosted by the Pioneers of Alaska, enjoy a breakfast with fellow Fur Rondy fans. $7 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under and children younger than 3 are free. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, Pioneer Hall, 612 F St.

Fielder Stephanie Dush throws the ball in during the Fur Rondy snowshoe softball tournament at Kosinski Fields in 2017. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)

Snowshoe Softball Tournament

Have a blast outdoors at Fur Rondy's Snowshoe Softball Tournament. Enjoy the clever team names and the wacky costumes and see who wins it all this year (last year's winner: "Oh Snow You Didn't"). 8:45 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Kosinski Fields, 230 E. 16th Ave.

Frostbite Footrace and Costume Fun Run

Open to all ages and abilities, the Frostbite Footrace 5K and the 2.5K Fun Run puts Alaska's most creatively costumed runners on display. Prizes will be given for the best costume and to the top racers in 13 age categories. 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Fifth Avenue Skywalk at the Egan Center.

Rondy Grand Parade

Fur Rondy royalty, classic cars and organizations and clubs from around Anchorage will parade through downtown Anchorage. Free. 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Fifth and Sixth Avenue.

Ben Mishler, Tom Lannan, Mark Just and Valerie Stewart work to untangle their outhouse from the snow fence as rider Reed Douhith waits patiently during the Rondy Outhouse Races on Fourth Avenue in 2017. Peak Health Dentistry sponsored the Toot Fairy team. (Bob Hallinen / Alaska Dispatch News)

Outhouse Races

Groups will compete one-on-one to find out who has the fastest toilet in Alaska. Trophies will also be given to the cleanest toilet, audience choice, most colorful and more. 4 p.m. Saturday, Fourth Avenue between E Street and F Street.

AT&T Fireworks Extravaganza

Ring in Fur Rondy with a bang. Bring the whole family out to see an exciting fireworks show hosted by AT&T. Head to the top of the EasyPark parking lot for a great view of the festivities. Fireworks will start at 6:55 p.m. Saturday, at the Ship Creek Small Boat Harbor.

Rondy DASH

Teams of up to four are given 90 minutes to complete a Fur Rondy-themed scavenger hunt through downtown Anchorage. All teams who complete the hunt will be entered to win the grand prize: four round-trip tickets to anywhere Alaska Airlines flies. 10 a.m. Sunday, AK Alchemist, Fourth Avenue and A Street.

WEEK 2

Adult World Championship Outdoor Hockey Tournament

Dress warm and support the hockey players at Fur Rondy's annual Adult World Championship Outdoor Hockey Tournament. 6-10 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, March 1-4, Mulcahy Ice Complex, E. 16th Avenue and Eagle Street.

2018 Iditarod Ceremonial Start

Cheer all the teams at the ceremonial start of The Last Great Race. These are the 67 sled dog teams that will embark on a 1,000-mile journey through Alaska wilderness. 10 a.m. Saturday, March 3, Fourth Avenue and D Street.

A 1980s prom-themed party greets mushers on the Chester Creek Trail. Karie Vix is at right and Christina Colvin second from right during the ceremonial start of the 2017 Iditarod. (Marc Lester / Alaska Dispatch News)

Running of the Reindeer

Watch or join in on the fun as Alaskans dress in their craziest costumes to race the reindeer. Online registration ends Friday, March 2. $30 per person. 4 p.m. Saturday, March 3, Fourth Avenue between H Street and D Street. (eventbrite.com)

Miners and Trappers Ball: Pardi-Gras

Indulge in a night out for a good cause for the 68th anniversary of this Fur Rondy bash and Lions Club fundraiser. Dress in your best sourdough costume and watch or participate in the annual Mr. Fur Face Contest, an Alaska-wide competition for the best beard and mustache in the state. Have a drink and dance the night away to live music from Danger Money. 21 and over. $30 per person. 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 3, Egan Center, 555 W. Fifth Ave. (furrondy.net)

* Correction: A previous version of this story listed incorrect prices for the Pancake Feed and the Miners and Trappers Ball. Those prices have been corrected. 

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