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Posted: Monday, July 29, 2002

Funny River plans annual festival

The 2002 Funny River Festival will be this weekend. The festival will focus on love of country, family and friends, having fun and coming together as a community.

The focus is incorporated in this year's theme, "Welcome Home, Buster," which tells the story of Buster, an Alaska brown bear separated from his family by a forest fire in the Funny River area years ago. Buster has been seen square dancing with bears in south Texas, winning golf tournaments in Florida, South Carolina, California and Hawaii and fighting forest fires with his brother Smokey the Bear in Colorado. He is on his way home to Alaska for a family reunion after being honored for bravery with the Alaska Scouts in Afghanistan.

The festival will kick off with a cribbage and nickels tournaments at 7 p.m. Friday. There will be a parade at 10:30 Saturday morning, followed by an opening ceremony and a day of games, food and craft booths. There will be a spaghetti dinner from 6 to 8 p.m. and a dance from 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Sunday kicks off with a pancake breakfast, followed by a golf tournament, bicycle poker run, sidewalk art contest and salmon bake off. There also will be music and games all day Sunday.

The festival will close with a picnic at 4 p.m. Sunday, an awards presentation at 4:30 and closing ceremonies at 5 p.m.

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