Anchorage is Ready to Rondy
Annual winter festival kicks off Friday
ANCHORAGE - So far this month, we’ve seen Groundhog’s Day, Valentine’s Day and of course, today, President's Day.
"It really increases the traffic,” said Buzzy Rohlfing, owner of The Bear Square. “I think it's great for the community, you know. It’s been pretty cold lately and now we're going to have something to do during the weekend. The fireworks always have been a great turnout for everybody. And of course we have the carnival down here and all the events. And it works out pretty darn good."
Snow carvers already are competing in a parking lot near Ship Creek.
While Fur Rondy organizers are excited, they say there's not going to be anything really new. They’re going to stick with the tried and true.
"Right now, it's still open. All of our registrations are open,” McCleary said. “Whether you're coming out to the ball, the ballroom, for the Miners and Trappers Ball, to the Jim Beam Jam or to be doing the snowball battle up at Hilltop. So all of our registrations are open, and we're hoping the public will come out, because we have snow now."
Ten years ago, a study concluded that Fur Rondy generated about $16 million in additional business activity.
But whether it’s for love or money, Fur Rondy is an Anchorage mainstay.