This years Rondy Collector Button
In 1935 Anchorage resident Vern Johnson organized a three-day sports tournament, called the Winter Sports Carnival, timed to coincide with the rendezvous of the fur trappers coming to town to sell their winter cache of old hides, and resupply for the season to come. With trapping being the second largest industry at the time the Fur Rondy grew into a respectable winter celebration.
Fur Rondy was not celebrated during the war years but resumed in 1946. Rondy is still celebrated in the 21 century in spite of the endless war. We almost lost Fur Rondy in 2004 as no one wears Fur much anymore but tying the end of Rondy to the start of the Idiarod Sled Dog Race, and having reindeer chase humans down 4't ave seems to have kept the old festival alive. The Rondy World Champion Sprint Dog races are a world class event that is a blast to watch. What other city closes off the downtown for two weekends, Has the Government Snow Plows, that just last week cleared the streets of snow, haul in truckloads of the stuff and make 4th avenue and Cordova street the start of the of The 25 mile course.