(KTUU) ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Downtown Anchorage was abuzz with bustle and excitement over the weekend of the 2022 Fur Rendezvous, which formally kicked off the 10-day celebration that will run through August of this year.
“There was exceptionally high activity the weekend before last, notably on Friday, and this carried over into the following week. Even though it is customary for the first Friday of the month to be a quiet day, the dog races for (Fur) Rondy were very busy this year, breaking the previous record by a significant margin.” Mike Robuck, the proprietor of the Alaska Mint, shared his thoughts on the matter. Read more.
Robert Robuck is a co-owner of a gift shop on West Fourth Avenue in downtown Anchorage, which he founded with his wife. Moreover, Robuck is employed by the establishment. Their company, in addition to producing medallions for other events, also manufactures medallions for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, the Fur Rondy, and other sporting events throughout the year.
Although the Open World Championship Sled Dog Races were postponed on Sunday, Robuck stated that a large number of people still visited his store. He expects even more people to visit next weekend, when the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race takes place.
According to the guide, “we have been meeting persons from all over the state who are traveling up to see the Iditarod begin today in town,” and “we have been meeting folks from all over the state who are traveling up to see the Iditarod begin today in town.” This weekend, in the words of Robuck, “will be a watershed moment in our history.”
In a statement released over the weekend, Fur Rondy organizers stated that the winter event’s 2022 winter season has gotten off to a strong start, citing large crowds at the Miners and Trappers Country Jam and increased participation in the Frostbite Footrace and Costume Fun Run over the previous year.
According to John McCleary, Executive Director of the Fur Rendezvous, “we know that the Fur Rendezvous brings in business because we have seen it ourselves.” We still need people to help us, even though we have the numbers and the situation is improving, in order to build a robust bridge that will last until 2023. They can do this by purchasing pins or joining the organization.
This week is packed with exciting festivities, including the Iditarod Ceremonial Start on Saturday. The Iditarod Ceremonial Start will kick off the Fur Rondy’s last week on March 6 with the Iditarod Ceremonial Start. Taking place on Saturday in memory of Hobo Jim, the renowned Alaskan artist and author of the Iditarod Trail Song who passed away last year, the 14th annual Running of the Reindeer will be held in his honor. Hobo Jim was a well-known artist and author of the Iditarod Trail Song who passed away last year.