FUR RONDY: Bigger and Better!

| June/July 1998

Fur Rondy show

19991 Birchwood Loop Chugiak, Alaska 99567

Well, it's that time again. February in Anchorage, Alaska, can sometimes be a real problem. The days and the winter get long, the weather can be a chore, to say the least, but for the people who live in cold country, this is nothing new.

For the past sixty-three years the city of Anchorage has had the solution to this problem: a two-week winter carnival, right smack in the middle of winter. For the first two years I lived up here, I had my doubts about this city carnival, but for the past twenty-eight, I've really enjoyed it.

Now let me explain. This is no small sideshow. This is a full, city-wide, two-hundred thousand-plus people affair with snowshoe Softball games, ice carvings, car races, dog sled races, dances, auctions, craft sales, and about anything else you can think of that is connected to a carnival. Lots of people come in from the bush, along with a few from the outside. 'Outside' to an Alaskan means a person from the lower 48 states.

Anyway, during this time, our club, the Antique Power Club of Alaska, puts on a tractor and engine show, and we have a lot of fun doing it. Of course, we do it inside. The A&M RV dealer here lets us use his shop on Main Street going into downtown Anchorage. This was our sixth year in the Fur Rondy, and it was the best and largest show yet.

Getting the tractors and engines into town can always be a problem, and needless to say, there are a few good stories that can be told. Our club now has more John Deere tractors than the other brands, and need I say, the JD boys are picked on. Not a lot of farming goes on up here, but most of our active club members have spent their childhood, or some time on the farm.