13 Weird, Wacky and Awesome Cold Weather Traditions

By Allie Goolrick
Published: November 17, 2014

12. Fur Rendezvous Outhouse Race, Alaska

Dean Franklin

Whoever thought the Alaska was bleak and forbidding hasn't participated in this colorful incentive to survive the brutal winter months. Anchorage’s annual “Fur Rondy” festival is sort of the Mardi-Gras of the frigid north, a two-week party with sled dog races, winter sports, parades and — our favorite — the outhouse race, pictured above.

The event started in the 1930s as a three-day sporting event, timed to coincide with the return of miners and fur trappers loaded down with the spoils of a winter of work. 


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