This winter event takes place, in Anchorage Alaska, from Feb 22 - March 3 when winter comes alive with sports, native art and culture. There will be more than 15 zany events taking place which includes two out of the ordinary ones - 'running of the reindeer' through the streets of Anchorage with caribou at your heels and steering the fastest outhouse on skis definitely stands above the rest.
The original event, which turns 78 year this year, was a 3-day sporting event timed to coincide with the return of miners and trappers loaded down with the results of their winter work. It consisted of sking, hockey, basketball, boxing, and a kids sled dog race. Most of these events have stood the test of the years, showcasing Alaska's rich native culture.
One of them is the 'blanket toss' an ancient Alaska native whaling tradition, where a walrus skin is used and all participants have a turn to either jump or grip the blanket's edge, while tossing others as much as 20 feet into the air.
Another the Rondy World Championship sled dog races has been part of the event since 1946 It is a three day, high-speed, 25-mile loop, by dog teams and their mushers vieing for the fastest elapsed time. And the newest event which began in 2011 is Yukigassen, a team snowball fight tournament
The streets of Anchorage showcase Alaska's arts & crafts with beautiful decorated pieces found at the Charlotte Jensen Native Arts Market, and in a day long Multi-tribal extravaganza, performers celebrate the diversity of Alaska's cultures.
But that is not all, there will be a grand parade, a charity ball, a giant carnival ferris wheel, and fireworks. With just 15 days, 22 hours and 4 minutes still to go visit here for the schedule.
Admission is free, and everyone is expected to wear their 'Rondy Pin' or they might end up in jail.
for the fastest elapsed time. And the newest event which began in 2011 is Yukigassen, a team snowball fight tournament.