2016 Fur Rondy pin designs unveiled at Alaska Zoo
You have not one but two new pins you can wear at the 81st Fur Rendezvous next year.
Mayor Ethan Berkowitz unveiled the designs at the Alaska Zoo Thursday afternoon.
The decision to reveal the pins at the zoo — next to the lynx exhibit — made sense after the first pin design was revealed. It features a gray lynx with bright-green eyes and was created by Tara Gildow — who went to Dimond High School, where the mascot is a lynx.
Gildow said when looking at past pin designs she was surprised there weren’t any pins that used the cold-weather cat.
The other pin was designed by Emilie Bieshelt, a sixth-grader at Huffman Elementary School. On her design, two people are gazing up at the northern lights. She said her love of Alaska’s beauty motivated her to submit a design.
“I just wanted to represent me and my dad,” said Emilie, whose father was also at the zoo for the big reveal. “Because we just love winter, the cold, the northern lights. And I just wanted to capture that.”
Alaskans wearing Fur Rondy collector pins is a longstanding tradition of the event. Officials say you can find the pins at stores around town in a few days.