Organizers of Snow Rondi 2012 must have been looking in a crystal ball last fall when they chose "Anchor Point moving forward in a flurry" as the theme. It has most definitely been a winter of one flurry after another, the snow variety that is.
How better to combat winter's hold on the southern Kenai Peninsula than with a little fun? That's what Snow Rondi is all about.
"We hope the whole community turns out and has a good time," said DeAnn Catlin, office assistant at the Anchor Point Chamber of Commerce, organizer of the annual mid-winter event. The four-day schedule of events begins Feb. 23 with an auction benefiting the chamber. It begins at 7 p.m. at Anchor River Inn.
"The auction items have been generously donated from many businesses in Anchor Point and Homer," said Jennifer Henley, a chamber board member. "Also, there are some fresh-baked goodies -- pies, rolls, things that are absolutely fabulous and mouth-watering. The cinnamon rolls look like what Grandma made. They're fabulous."
Also being auctioned off are pool players that will take part in the pool tournament on Friday.
"You bid on your favorite pool player and if they win, it's a split-the-pot thing," said Henley.
Past Snow Rondis have had as many as 20 pool players who were "sold" for $5-$100.
"It's mixed men and women," said Henley. "There are some women that really know how to play pool. They give those men a run for their money."
Friday evening is full of activities for young and old. A Texas Hold 'Em Tournament is at Anchor River Inn at 6 p.m., followed an hour later by a made-for-kids talent show for the younger set at Chapman School, a pool tournament at Anchor River Inn and community bingo at Anchor Point Senior Center.
The talent show has room for more talent, according to Debbie Poindexter, organizer and secretary at Chapman School. Any youngster interested in performing can contact Poindexter at Chapman School, 235-8671.
The Rondi continues on Saturday, beginning with breakfast at the Anchor Point Senior Center from 9-11 a.m. The Beta Sigma Phi bake sale offers another way to start the day. Held at the Anchor Point Visitor Center, goodies will be available from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
The focus switches to the parade on Sterling Highway, with floats going from the Petro fuel station, south to the Anchor River store. Entrants need to be at the line-up at 10 a.m., with the parade beginning at 10:30 a.m.
Then, it's pick and choose carefully because there's a lot going on through the remainder of the morning and the afternoon. The pinewood derby always draws a large crowd to the Chapman School gym. Weigh-in is at 10; racing begins at 11 a.m. The afternoon schedule is filled with outdoor activities promising plenty of fresh air and an opportunity to kids and adults to stretch winter-weary muscles. On the schedule are a ski biathlon, a snowshoe biathlon, an adult archery and turkey shoot, youth ski races, youth archery, a snowshoe race, a team ski and sled pull and a coin hunt for the kiddos.
New to the Saturday afternoon schedule is the hockey slap shot at 12:30 p.m., woodsplitting competition at 1 p.m. and no sooner do the wood chips stop flying than a snowshoe race begins at 2 p.m.
Saturday winds up with a community awards banquet at 7 p.m. at Anchor River Inn.
The winning Rondi button also will be drawn at the banquet. Pins sell for $2 each and have a number on the back. The pins must be present at the banquet when the winning number is announced.
Sunday begins with hot breakfast at the Anchor Point Senior Center from 9-11 a.m. Then there's the Mountain Man Classic at the gun range at 11 a.m., snowmachine activities at noon at Griner Pit and the oh-so-popular dog show, a benefit for the Homer Animal Shelter, at Chapman School at 2 p.m. There is a $2 fee to enter each category. Call Poindexter at 235-8671 or stop by the school for entry forms. Judging will be done by Vicky Blaine, Becky Wyatt and Sherry Bess, with Cam Wyatt emceeing.
The entire weekend wraps up Sunday afternoon with a community fish fry at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10221 from 4-6 p.m.
"It's always fun," said Henley of Snow Rondi. "We're hoping for wonderful weather and we're hoping everyone comes out and enjoys it and has a great time."
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