Barrow residents enjoy spring festival despite below zero temperatures

Posted: Sunday, April 14, 2002

BARROW (AP) -- Barrow residents turned out in force for the spring festival even though there was a blizzard, winds of 20 mph and temperatures stayed below zero.

The 19th annual Piuraaqta Spring Festival started Friday and runs through Sunday. A potluck will be held Monday.

Events include a harpoon throwing contest, foot races, a caribou cooking contest, Eskimo ice cream making and the Top of the World Golf Classic, played on frozen lagoon between Barrow and Browerville. The game is played with orange golf balls for better visibility on the ice and snow.

''Everything is going on schedule, despite the winds,'' said Bob Thomas of Barrow's recreation department. ''It's great to see so many people coming outside and enjoying themselves after a long, cold and dark winter.''

The kite flying event had to be postponed Saturday because of the winds.

This year's spring festival parade had a distinctly patriotic theme. There were lots of American flags on the floats, some of them held in place with duct tape.

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