Tuesday, March 11, 2008

250. The Running of the Reindeer

Spain has The Running of the Bulls.  We have The Running of the Reindeer.  No one was hurt except for a few people who slipped on the ice.  It was too crowded for me to be able to take pictures, so here are some pictures other people took.  Some people thought it was sick that vendors were selling reindeer sausages, but I figure that livestock shows sell hamburgers, so it is OK as long as no one feeds any to the reindeer.

Friday, March 07, 2008

249. Ice bowling

"Only wimps bowl on wood"

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

248. Fur Rondy!

New Orleans has Mardi Gras, Anchorage has Fur Rondy. This is short for Fur Rendezvous, an annual festival which began with fur trappers in 1935. Festivities include dog sled races, outhouse races, The Running of the Reindeer, blanket tossing, ice sculptures, ice bowling, Native Alaskan crafts fair, carnival rides, fur bikini contest, etc. It ends with the beginning of Iditarod.

I will report on different activities in the next few days.

pictures: a few children watch the sled dog races on the statue of local canine hero Balto, Fur Rondy banner across fifth Avenue.

Wikipedia links: Fur Rondy, Iditarod, Balto

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