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Alaska’s March madness

March 3, 2013



With months of darkness and cold, March with it’s longer days and warmer temperatures, is reason enough to celebrate. However since this Alaska and we know how fleeting our warm weather is we tend to pack a lot into a short period of time… To us March is a time to get outside, for longer periods of time, and enjoy that first taste of spring. This month we have the world famous Iditarod sled dog race and the equally important North American sled dog race. Then we have the World Ice Art competition, where teams from around the world come to Fairbanks to carve ice sculptures. And lastly we have my personal favorite the ‘Outhouse races’ in Chatanika, Alaska. Where teams of people build mobile outhouses and use people power to race them. This tongue in cheek race is both colorful and humorous at the same time as evident in the pictures below.

So I say keep your ‘March madness’ basketball games, I’ll just kick back and have another cold one and see which outhouse crosses the finish line first.


4 Comments leave one →
  1. moutnaingirl permalink
    March 3, 2013 3:19 pm

    What event is the best to see at the World Ice Comp? Since it’s like a month long event, I can’t go to all of them!


  2. March 3, 2013 4:06 pm

    I would suggest waiting until all the main competitions are done, and then going once in the daylight hours and again at night, when the lights are all on. That way, you get to see all the carvings and also each viewing, you will notice different things. Have good batteries and lots of memory card in your camera. Go as soon after the carvings are all done, in case of either snow or thawing, as possible.


  3. ekk2 permalink
    March 5, 2013 9:45 am

    This could give tongue in cheek a whole new meaning, but from those of us stuck in the lower 48 we can’t wait to see pictures of the ice and follow the races start to finish. Speaking of extra daylight, daylight savings time begins this Sunday too.


  4. March 5, 2013 1:45 pm

    Hi, Pete. March is also the month for Carnival in Fort Yukon and the events are held right on the frozen Yukon. We have those outhouse races, too, along with bubble gum blowing (not an easy thing to do when the temperatures are below freezing), sack races for young and old, dog races for all ages (even the little elementary kids) and lots more. Dances every night and potlaches everyday. The kids get out of school at 1:30 all week so they can go down to the river and have fun.


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