The 60th anniversary of the Willow State Winter Carnival kicks off this weekend, with a jam-packed schedule of events celebrating the season.
Traditionally, the Willow State Winter Carnival has been held the last weekend in January and the first weekend in February, but due to construction at the Willow Community Center, this year's festival was moved back to March. That means on back-to-back weekends Willow hosted the restart of the Iditarod and now the annual carnival.
On Friday, the carnival kicks off with kids games and the crowning of the King and Queen. At 7:30 p.m., one of Alaska's largest fireworks show takes place.
Things get in full swing on Saturday, March 12. Throughout the day there will be a snowshoe softball tournament, a geocaching event, sled dog races, a 5K bike race and 5K fun run, ax-throwing competitions and much more. On Sunday, the Sven Eriksson 25K Tour takes place in the morning along with a snowmobile poker run, kids sno-cross races and a vintage snowmachine parade. The hilarious outhouse races start at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.
Throughout the entire weekend, food trucks will be on site, there will be door prizes, carnival rides and an ice sculpture display.
Don't miss the 60th annual Willow State Winter Carnival! For a complete schedule, click here.
Photo above courtesy of Around Alaska.