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Sunday, 28 February 2021

FEB 28, 21 .. 2021 ALASKA STATE SNOW SCULPTURE COMPETITION

This afternoon, Patti and I drove down to the Ship Creek District here in Anchorage, Alaska, to view the Snow Sculptures. This is the first winter we have spent here in several years and it was fun to get out on a very nice, sunny, February afternoon.

In the above and below photos, note that the event is called the COMPETITION.

How unusual that in the next two photos, it is called the CHAMPIONSHIP.



The snow sculptures are part of the annual 86 year old tradition (dating back to 1935) known as the Fur Rendezvous (or the Fur Rondy as we know it locally) that runs from February the 26th to March the 7th.

https://www.anchorage.net/listings/rondy-aka-anchorage-fur-rendezvous/35961/

The Snow Sculptures are on display near The Ulu Factory, a Ship Creek landmark.




On the right edge of the above photo you can see one of our local freeways. The Snow Sculpture displays begin behind us under the freeway. We joined the crowd of people you see below walking over to the displays.


The below photo looks towards the West end of the Snow Sculpture displays. 

Here we go, under the freeway and into the display area.

At the top of the below photo you can see the freeway.

Now we begin the walk down the aisle of the sculptures.

















Matson Shipping was one of the sponsors of the event.







The above and below Polar Bears, hugging each other, were far and away our favorites.


On the right edge of the below photo, in the background, you can see The Ulu Factory in the distance.


There is a nice area to sit and rest. It was a very warm 28°F.


Yes Covid-19 is here in Anchorage and, in general, I'd estimate that about 85% of the attendees were masked-up.



We did not see a display entered by the Anchorage Daily News but we think that perhaps the below gentleman was on the ADN News Team. He certainly looked profesional.



How sweet it was, ending February on a lovely day viewing the Snow Sculptures.

Cap and Patti

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