What’s Fur Rondy, you ask? Welcome Chicks guest Keenan Powell, author of the wonderful debut mystery, DEADLY SOLUTION. She”ll tell you all about this unique Alaska tradition…
Alaska’s Fur Rondy!
New Orleans has Mardi Gras. New York City has the St. Patrick’s Day parade. And since 1935, fur trappers have descended on Anchorage at winter’s end to sell furs, buy supplies and carouse. Over the years, Fur Rondy developed into a ten-day festival as a prelude to the Iditarod one-thousand-mile dog sled race.
I’m an old fair boothie from way back. I wasn’t a true carny, because I didn’t work on the rides. In high school, I manned a fundraising booth at Vacaville Fiesta Days. One time when still in high school, I was at Dixon May Fair. It was a very hot day, so I volunteered for the dunking booth just to cool off. I got soaked and the water was nasty. I will never do that again.
After I came to Alaska, I worked in booths selling balloons and doing face-painting. We worked the Talkeetna Moose Droppings Festival, the Talkeetna Bluegrass Festival, the Alaska State Fair a few times, and a rodeo in Kenai. I did this stuff because I love fairs and fair-goer excitement
On the left, Fur Rondy Fat Bike Race
If nothing else, I’d break even on the expenses and worked off all the fair food I ate. My favorite is the chocolate-dipped ice cream bars. But let me tell you, boothie work is hard, dirty work. So, I quit and now I’m just another fairgoer.
Outhouse Parade on the left (yes, you read that correctly); musher truck -whatever that is – on the right
This year, I went during the first weekend, when the temperatures were in the 20’s and there was about four inches of new snow. I walked for two and one-half hours and took photos of my favorite events. Excellent glute work-out, by the way, and as I write this the following day, I am contemplating an afternoon in a hot bath.
What about you Chicks? Fair-goers, boothies or carnies? And, what’s your favorite fair food?
Keenan Powell is the author of the Maeve Malloy series (named after her grandmother). Her debut, DEADLY SOLUTION, was released by Level Best Books in January 2018. Visit Keenan at: www.keenanpowellauthor.com. FB: https://www.facebook.com/keenanwrites