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Crews prep for Fur Rondy crowds

By Dave Detling 5:54 AM February 21, 2014

Tens of thousands of people expected

ANCHORAGE – The stage is set for the 79th annual Fur Rendezvous festival in downtown Anchorage.

“Three hundred and sixty-four days of preparation to get ready for a 10-day event,” said Jeff Barney, Fur Rondy executive director.

Crews worked late Thursday into early Friday morning, closing off streets and delivering fresh snow. Event organizers expect roughly 350 truckloads of snow to be delivered.

“The snow fencing is to keep the dogs inside the streets and the spectators out,” Barney said.

It’s estimated 30,000 people will attend the 10-day festival. With added foot traffic comes specific road closures.

According to the festival’s website, 4th Avenue between I Street and Cordova St. and Cordova St. between 4th Avenue and 16th Avenue will be closed to the traveling public intermittently for the World Championship Sled Dog Races. Drivers should expect closures from Thursday evening, Feb. 20 through Sunday evening, Feb. 23. Surrounding side streets will have limited access.

Click here for a complete schedule of events.

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