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Letter to the Editor:

A few weeks ago, I had asked one of the major sponsor representatives for Klon­dike Days if they were excited for and would be attending this year’s Number One Winter Family Fun Festival. Much to my surprise, the response given made me want to send an open invitation out to the surrounding communities and locals alike to come out and see what Klondike Days is all about.

For these people only being in this area for a little over a year, with the reply being that “I’ve been told it’s the same thing every year,” actually shocked and upset me.

There is a very dedicated executive director and board of directors who all give of themselves endlessly year-round, working at bringing this class act history lesson to your own backyard. 

Not only can you experience things your family cannot look up on a computer, like taking a dog sled or pony ride and see all of the participants competing at venues, but you can get hands on learning with most of these people willing to talk with you.

Yes, the events might be just about the same competitions every year, but that’s because they are crowd favorites. Being a proud volunteer in many different aspects of this event for 10 years now I can assure you that if you allow it to happen, you can take away many different facets of this weekend long event.

I’m sure that the Vintage Sleigh Rally, the Great Northern Log Pull Classic or free horse-drawn sleigh rides through the woods will spark a few memories on how people used to get their work done or what they used for their mode of transportation. When all else failed, there were always the snowshoes, go strap on a pair at the Snowshoe Challenge!

Walking through the Rendezvous area truly is a step back in time, and a reality check for some compared to how we live today. If nothing else there’s food, craft vendors and free music. Who could ask for anything more?

Being able to marvel at the strength of the animals at the Dog Weight Pull and the Great Northern Log Pull Classic, and watching car­vers turn simple blocks of ice and logs into masterpieces are crowd favorites. There are also many educational exhibits in the field house and the Indian dancers will leave you in awe. Once you pay your entry fee, all events are free.

Klondike Days brings in a lot of revenue for Eagle River and many of the surrounding communities, as well as sponsoring scholarships and supporting many of the other events that come to this area.

Please come out and support Klondike Days. I can guarantee that the only thing that is the same every year are all of the hours many devoted volunteers put in. This is a very dedicated and energetic (not so much by Sunday night) group of individuals who represent Klondike Days.

Thank you, a proud 10-year participant and volunteer for Klondike Days.

Marle Punzel

Eagle River

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 4:41 PM

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