Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Hoofin' It - Alaska Style!

Over the years Fur Rondy has grown into more than the annual gathering of miners and trappers looking to trade and sell their winter's take. Established in 1935, the festival was widely attended by the majority of Anchorage's 3,000 residents, who enjoyed the traditional events of Fur Rendezvous including the Rondy Fur Auction, sled dog race and blanket toss.

This year, as part of the 10 day Fur Rondy celebration, seven antler-sporting reindeer were joined by 1,000 zany costumed runners in the Last Frontier's version of Spain's famous Running of the Bulls.

Seven year old Anchorage resident, Rees Marie McCampbell, snapped a shot of the oh-so-vicious beasts from atop her Dad's shoulder's this past Sunday during Anchorage's first annual Running of the Reindeer event. Both sides of 4th Avenue were lined with people all angling to see if the reindeer would actually give the contestants a run for their money ... and they did.

The animals really got going pretty fast in spite of the packed street full of runners. In fact, a few daredevils got tagged by the beasts, but were not seriously hurt. Good fun was had by all and the reindeer received lots of appreciation and treats for their efforts.

Proof once again that the old Alaskan adage still holds true ....
"The odds are good, but the goods are odd!"

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