To the editor: As the hot summer weather is winding down to the rainy autumn of our Interior, I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the many groups and organizations that made our Golden Days celebrations that much better.
It seems recently that the local spirit to celebrate gradually decreases with each passing year. However, I noticed a few key organizations that worked to change that, mostly the great folks over at Pioneer Park.
The Pioneers of Alaska held a wonderful rededication of the Pedro Monument on the Steese Highway, which is the oldest Golden Days tradition since 1947. So many were dressed of the period, a beautiful ceremony on a sparkling day and traditional snacks were served, making you feel right in the old Gold Rush.
Golden Heart Utilities brought the Old Tyme Games to Pioneer Park, which put kids against adults in games and contests like log splitting, crosscut sawing, pie eating and a water bucket brigade.
The Friends of the Tanana Valley Railroad added a new event that celebrated the 120th birthday of our town’s oldest locomotive, which happens to be the northernmost passenger steam train in North America. Their crew was all dressed up and put on a wonderful ceremony, complete with golden spike and a great big cake reception that was served by visitor delegates from Valdez.
The Bag Ladies of Fairbanks held their annual Bath Tub Races, which put teams of five together, racing all sorts of homemade bath tubs around Pioneer Park. Four runners and one bather are timed to see who was fastest around the circuit, all while holding a bathing item like a bar of soap. The best part is each year there is at least one team that consists completely of visitors who spontaneously put together a team and have a great time.
Thank you to everyone for the hard work this year. I really look forward to what is in store for our Golden Heart Community next year during the 2020 Golden Days!