164-Golden Days – Fairbanks, AK

Fairbanks, AK is is about eight hours north of Anchorage and is in the middle of Alaska. I had nothing to do one weekend so I ventured north to see the end of the road (the road actually ends a few miles beyond Fairbanks and turns into a gravel road all the way to Prudhoe Bay). I had to make this trip during the summer because it gets 60 below zero for a good part of the winter in fairbanks. I just happened to arrive during Fairbanks annual “Golden Days” celebration. This weekend of events is the largest community event all year to commemorate the heyday of gold mining in the area. Knowing that Fairbanks only has 30,000 people, you can see this is “frozen” middle America. They had a parade, local shows, art and flower exhibits, speed boat races, duct tape boat parade on the river, and a yellow duckie contest. It was about as much local color as I could take in one weekend. I had a grand time being the fly on the wall and watching the locals have fun.

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days3Winner of the nastiest feet. She had toes growing out of the top of her foot over other toes!!!

days2Best beard contest. There are a lot of these type of guys in this city.

days1Winner of the hairy chest contest with local radio DJ.