Golden Days

Fairbanks’ annual celebration of the discovery of gold in the Interior will have a very different look come the third week of July.

The traditional Grand Parade through downtown will become a reverse parade, the First Avenue Street Fair will become a citywide street fair, and details of the annual Rubber Duckie Race are still being worked out as of early June, according to a post on the Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce website,

“With a bit of creativity and a little help, we’ll all be enjoying classic Golden Days events in a safe, responsible and fun new way,” according to the website. “Wave and cheer from the comforts of your car at the Reverse Parade, track down your favorite eats and vendors at the citywide Street Fair and bet or your lucky duck to win big in the Rubber Duckie Race while helping keep the community healthy by maintaining physical distance, masking up and keeping your hands as squeaky clean as can be.”

The parade and street fair are scheduled for July 18, while the Rubber Duckie Race is still being determined.

Keep checking the Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce website or its Facebook page for updates on all Golden Days events.

Presented by Kinross Fort Knox, the Reverse Parade will be staged at the Tanana Valley State Fairgrounds.

Instead of lining the streets to watch the floats go by, spectators will drive their cars past stationary floats, armed forces units from Fort Wainwright and Eielson Air Force Base, bands, entertainers and other groups any time from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

A map of the viewing route will be published just prior to the event.

Booths at the Street Fair, presented by Conoco/Phillips Alaska, will be spread throughout town with a map being published so people can find their favorite foods and vendors.

The time and date of the Rubber Duckie Race, presented by Sunrise Bagel and Espresso, is being worked out and ticket sales will begin by mid-June, according to the website. In an effort to decrease congestion along the banks of the Chena River, the race will be livestreamed and results will be posted digitally on the website and Facebook.