Alaska winters are long and February for many in Anchorage feels like the last few miles in a marathon of snowy days and cold, dark nights.
Locals say that might be why, in the 1930s, the city began a wintertime festival during this month called “Fur Rendezvous” that coincided with when miners and trappers came to trade. There were parties and sporting events, and at the center of all the excitement were amateur dog sled races through town.
Anchorage was just a little grid of streets back then. Now it’s a busy city with sprawling neighborhoods and office towers and 300,000 residents. But the Fur Rendezvous tradition, known as “Fur Rondy,” is as strong as ever. Fur Rondy is part of what makes life in the northern city unique, especially for kids.
“Fur Rendezvous is the perfect ticket for easing out of our midwinter funk,” said Anchorage mom Erin Kirkland, publisher of AKontheGO.com and author of “Alaska On the Go: Exploring the 49th state with children.”
The week of winter celebration this year began Feb. 24 with a sled dog race that covered a 25-mile…