ANCHORAGE - “This is good for your arteries,” said one man as he pulled apart a freshly baked funnel cake. What he said may not be true, but Fur Rondy aficionados said the deep-fried carnival food is good for the soul.
“We are about to order corn dogs,” said Ricky Stinton, standing in the venders food line, holding a tiger he won at a carnival ride just minutes before.
For many, the Alaskan winter canival is a time to celebrate. It's a time to dess up in your favorite fur, jump on a ride and bite into your favorite tasty treat.
It may be something savory. “Rib tips, because they are pork and they are barbeque,” said Jacquelin Leavitt of Golden Wheel Amusement.
Twelve-year-old Oliver Jackson disagreed; he said the best savory item on the Rondy menu is the Philly cheese steak. “Steak -- steak and it's just really good.”
But for many, it's a bite into something sweet that makes the first day of Fur Rondy memorable.
“I like the ice cream cone,” said Evelyn Jackson, who added that a funnel cake is almost as good.
But this year, the fair food favorite goes to a traditional, deep fried, powdered sugar covered item.
“Funnel cake,” said 9-year-old Cheyenne Davis, who was smiling and anxiously waiting to start riding the rides, despite Friday's cool temperatures.
And Denali Jackson couldn't agree more with Davis's opinion. “Buy funnel cakes! They are so good.”
The chef behind the delicacy said there is a trick to making the treat everyone said is so tantalizing. Barbara Walker said it's all in the temperatures. She poured battter into a cast iron skillet and took the next order.
But before you head downtown, carnival-goers have one piece of advice to make sure your trip to Rondy is successful: “Ride first and eat later.”