This weekend brings with it one of the most unique events you'll ever encounter, and one that is truly Alaskan to its core - the Wilderness Woman competition and the Bachelor Auction and Ball in Talkeetna, all part of a jam-packed month of Talkeetna Winterfest.
The weekend gets off to a start tomorrow night with the annual Parade of Lights on Main Street at 6 p.m. Come Saturday at noon, however, the zaniness goes to a whole other level with the Wilderness Woman competition. After the Talkeetna bachelors meet the women at the Alaska Railroad depot, the women compete for this coveted title by hauling 5-gallon buckets of water up and down Main Street, "shooting" a bear, riding a snowmachine - that's "snowmobile" to our friend from the Lower 48 - around town, make the bachelors a sandwich and a few other fun activities. But make no mistake about it - despite the hilarity of the day, the women take this competition very seriously. And to win, they definitely must be a true Wilderness Woman.
Then, during the evening, the women get their chance to find love, Talkeetna style. The famous Bachelor Auction takes begins at 7 p.m., with only women allowed admittance. The Talkeetna Bachelor Society puts together a "Male Order Catalog" of the bachelors being auctioned off for a drink, a dance and a photo at the Bachelor Ball. The bachelors represent a wide variety of backgrounds, and range from ages 21-70, and they are eager to share their Talkeetna lifestyles with those in attendance!
It's wild and fun times for sure, with live music throughout the night at both the Sheldon Community Arts Hangar and then at the Fairview Inn. The Talkeetna Roadhouse even opens for breakfast at midnight Saturday.
While the event is hilarious, it's also important to the local nonprofit scene - last year alone, the Talkeetna Bachelors Society raised more than $22,000 for local nonprofit agencies through the auction alone.
For a complete schedule of events, or for more information about the Wilderness Woman competition or the Bachelor Auction, visit http://www.talkeetnachamber.org/ or http://www.talkeetnabachelors.org/.