• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
1m 32s

Are you ready to Rondy?

By Heather Hintze 7:40 PM February 21, 2014

The 79th annual winter carnival kicked off Friday

ANCHORAGE - “Three! Two! One! Go!” shouted the announcer. A team of sprint dogs raced across the snowy starting line.

With that the 2014 Fur Rendezvous festival was underway.

One of the biggest crowd pleasers is the World Championship Sled Dog Races.

“This is the prerequisite for everything,” said Fur Rondy Executive Director Jeff Barney. “It’s the grandfather of all the races. It’s prior to the Iditarod, prior to the Yukon Quest. It’s a bucket list thing. That’s why we have Lance Mackey running it this year.”

Hundreds of people turned out to watch the dog teams take off. The race is especially fun for Rondy first timers, like Alyssa Denny.

“I’ve never seen a dog race before so I want to see it live,” she laughed.

Of course you can’t have Fur Rondy without the fur. Waino Salo stood out in the sea of fur with his lynx hat, made from two lynxes.

“I created this hat myself,” he said. “I wanted it to be something a little bit different. I didn’t just want it to be a hat.”

Down at Ship Creek the giant snow sculptures were starting to take shape.

“We’re doing a Chinese dragon going over the top of a pagoda,” said Wade Pier as he chiseled the snow.

He and his teammate will spend at least 60 hours each transforming the block of snow into a work of art.

“It’s like being a kid all over again,” Pier said. “You get a week of spending time playing outside in the snow as opposed to working.”

Whether it’s watching carvers work or cheering on the dog teams, Rondy has something for everyone.

“The days are getting longer, the people are out,” Salo said. “If anybody has any cabin fever this will cure it in a heartbeat. It’s just having fun.”

Latest Stories

  • Crime

    Police: Man shot, hospitalized, no suspect in custody

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jun 26, 15:42

    Last updated at 4:02 p.m. on Sunday, June 26 A man was taken to an Anchorage hospital after a shooting at Arctic/Benson Park Sunday afternoon, police said. In an email to KTVA, police spokeswoman Renee Oistad said the shooting was reported at 2:27 p.m. When police arrived at the park, located at 750 W 31st […]

  • News

    Pope Francis says gays deserve apology from the Church

    by CBS News on Jun 26, 13:45

    ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE – Pope Francis says gays — and all the other people the church has marginalized, such as the poor and the exploited — deserve an apology. Francis was asked Sunday en route home from Armenia if he agreed with one of his top advisers, German Cardinal Karl Marx, who told a conference […]

  • News

    APD concerned for well-being of 15-year-old missing since Friday

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jun 26, 11:11

    The Anchorage Police Department says there is concern for the well-being of 15-year-old boy who disappeared on his way to a sleepover at a friend’s home Friday night. Francisco Mena was last seen leaving his home on Crescent Moon Place to spend the night with a friend around 10 p.m. Friday. Later, that friend arrived […]

  • Lifestyle

    Grow Palmer project brings fresh, free food to the Valley

    by Eric Ruble on Jun 26, 10:21

    Along one of Palmer’s most popular walkways, 40 giant planters are bursting with fresh flowers and vegetables. They are a new installment as part of the Grow Palmer program, an effort to bring healthy, fresh food to people for free. Now in its fourth year, it is the first time Grow Palmer has a permanent […]

  • News

    Motorcyclist killed in crash on Minnesota Drive

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jun 25, 21:09

    Last updated at 10:32 a.m. on Sunday, June 25 Anchorage police say a motorcyclist is dead after a crash on Minnesota Drive near W. 40th Avenue. Police closed all southbound lanes of Minnesota Drive at the scene of the crash, which was reported just after 8 p.m. Police have since reopened all lanes. “We received […]

  • Sports

    More than 50 mushers already signed up for Iditarod 2017

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jun 25, 20:10

    The Iditarod Trail Committee says more than 50 mushers from Alaska and around the world have already signed up for the 2017 Iditarod Sled Dog Race. Saturday was the first official entry day. Of the 52 entries, 12 of them are rookies to the Last Great Race, and 10 teams are from other nations, including […]

  • News

    U.S. Coast Guard stationed in Kotzebue for summer

    by Margaret DeMaioribus / KNOM on Jun 25, 16:46

    The U.S. Coast Guard is setting up for activities in Kotzebue this summer and summers to come. The Coast Guard signed a five-year lease with the Alaska Army National Guard facility in Kotzebue. It’s the first long-term lease for the Coast Guard above the Arctic Circle and will serve as a station for Arctic operations. U.S. […]

  • News

    Police extend presence at Alaska PrideFest following altercation downtown

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jun 25, 16:40

    Alaskans have been celebrating the 2016 Alaska PrideFest in Anchorage for a week now, but the festivities were briefly interrupted Saturday by an altercation between festivalgoers and a group of protestors. The protestors, alleging to be with Westboro Baptist Church, were congregated near the intersection of Ninth Avenue and F Street with a megaphone and […]