Bear Paw Festival and Parade is ‘on’


The annual Chugiak / Eagle River Bear Paw Festival is back, after taking 2020 off due to the Anchorage Covid shutdown. The dates for the festival are July 14-18, with the parade scheduled for July 17.

The festival will feature the traditional Golden Wheel Carnival, vendor court, parade, beer garden, bands, concessions, and contests. There will be a car show, corn hole tournament, and the Slippery Salmon Olympics.

Bear Paw Parade Co-chairs Jamie Allard (Anchorage Assembly) and Melissa Hickey (business owner) said up to 125 parade entries will be available. The Chugiak Eagle River Chamber of Commerce is the organizer of the event and more information will be posted at

The Bear Paw Festival began in 1985 had a handful of vendor booths, and a parade. The 30th year was in 2015, and last year would have been the 35th annual year. This year’s theme is “Roaring Twenties 2.1.”


  1. I love this festival. Everything from the 5K race, the parade, the Salmon races, the smelly sneaker contest to the fire hydrant shower.

  2. So glad Eagle River is standing up to this woke mob
    Yes, let’s have some fun, and music too yay.
    If you’re afraid, stay home. Just let us fun-loving regular people enjoy our lives.

  3. I am so pleased that the Bear Paw Festival can once again entertain the families and friends of Eagle River and Anchorage. This will be a much needed and anticipated event.

  4. I don’t know…this looks like a super spreader event to me. We may have new strains of the Brazilian virus, South African virus, UK virus, Indian virus, Singapore virus, and the Taiwan virus (China disputes the last one and calls it the Unified China virus). Better wear at least three masks, maybe more.

  5. Good one Jim!

    Personally, I am going to wear at least five masks, along with two face shields, a hard hat, a life vest, and full-body bubblewrap. One can never be too careful!

  6. Oh good, Murkowski the RINO is usually at the Slippery Salmon derby. This should get interesting.

  7. Please ban pets from the food area of the festival. A dog fight was barely stopped last time. Too close of quarters and dogs do not belong there with all the people.

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