Throughout the month of December, the small town of Talkeetna celebrates all things winter. In 2020, unfortunately due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Talkeetna Winterfest will have a different feel.
In "normal" years, the event gets off to a roaring start, as the Wilderness Woman competition and the famous Talkeetna Bachelor Auction take place the first weekend of December. In the Wilderness Woman competition, women compete by hauling 5-gallon buckets of water up and down Main Street, try their hand at chopping wood and driving a snowmobile around town and show why they are considered the true Wilderness Woman. Then, that evening, the quirky Talkeetna bachelors are auctioned off to the single women in attendance, for a drink and a dance at the Sheldon Community Arts Hangar. This rowdy affair raises money for social services and student organizations in the community. In 2020, the Wilderness Woman is a virtual video contest, and the bachelor auction has been cancelled.
Other Talkeetna Winterfest events include the Christmas tree lighting ceremony, a motorized parade of lights through downtown and the Taste of Talkeetna, a progressive dinner that highlights the town’s amazing restaurants. The Taste of Talkeetna will not be held in 2020, but the parade and tree lighting are scheduled for December 4.