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July 12-16, 2017


Bear Paw Festival 2017

Visit all of our Corporate Partners, Friends of the Festival and Volunteer Teams for the 2017 Bear Paw Festival. Below are just a few of our Premier Corporate Partners who make this family friendly event possible!


Thank You To All Of Our Amazing Partners

  • First National 2
  • Anchorage Muni
  • MTA
  • MEA (2)
  • Enstar
  • Eklutna Inc 1
  • Conoco
  • BP (1)
  • IBEW
  • cocacola
  • pizza
  • threebears

Friends of the Festival

  • BP Alaska

  • Alaska Laborers 341

  • Northstar Electric                               

  • Cozy Interiors             

  • Eagle Center Physical Therapy

  • Ty & Dana Thorp Patterson         

  • Homan, Inc 


  • ConocoPhillips

  • MEA

  • Eva Loken, Jack White Real Estate 

  • Alyeska Title

  • Municipality of Anchorage

  • Garcia’s Cantina 

  • Northern Chiropractic

  • AlaskaUSA Credit Union

  • Capstone Family Medicine

Bear Paw Event Schedule Click the arrows to see daily events

2017 Bear Paw Festival

    • 12pm – 1pm  Bear Paw Awards Luncheon, Eagle River Ale House
    • 6pm-8:30pm – Handyman Relay Race & Xtratuf Competition @ Chepos
    • 6pm-8:30pm -Alaskan Sourdough Truck Contest @ ReMAX of Eagle River Parking Lot

      All Week                      Eagle River Camera Club presented Bear Paw Photography Contest @ Jitters

    • 2pm – 9pm – Golden Wheel Carnival, ER Commons  
    • 7pm – Bear Paw Pageant  Chugiak HS
    • 6pm  – 1st Annual Suburban Challenge sponsored by HealthWise Care Center & Physical Therapy
    • 7pm  – Bear Paw Royal Pageant @ Chugiak High School   
  • Teddy Bear Picnic @ ER Commons

    Food, Fun, Games Courtesy of Picnic Sponsors: Alaska Regional Hospital, Carrs & VFW Post 9785

    • 11am Teddy Bear Parade Registration
    • 12pm Lunch Box Derby
    • 1pm Odor Eaters Rotten Sneaker Contest

    New Event for 2017!

    2pm 1st Annual Custom Builder LEGO Competition sponsored by CER-Women in Business @ Eagle River Town Hall Center, Room 170

    • 6pm – 9pm Classic Car Show sponsored by Chepos @ Business Blvd
    • 10:30am                    Bear Paw Classic 5K @ Autozone

    • 11am                            Bear Paw Festival Grand Parade sponsored by CER Chamber of Commerce

    • 1pm                             Bicycle Safety Rodeo  sponsored by Fred Meyer & State Farm Insurance @Mainstage 

    • 1:15pm                        Slippery Salmon Olympics  sponsored by MTA @ Mainstage

    • 2:45pm                      Registration Opens for Bear Paw’s Got Talent @ Mainstage

    • 3pm                            Bear Paw’s Got Talent sponsored by Northrim Bank @Mainstage

    • 4pm                            Rodeo Alaska Champions Tour – Grand Entry @ 6pm

    • 5pm                            Human Foosball Competition sponsored by Three Bears of Alaska @ Mainstage

      Final day for public to vote on Bear Paw/Eagle River Camer Club Photography Exhibit for Festival Favorite @ Jitters

      Ongoing Events During Bear Paw Festival

    • Entertainment Mainstage @ Mat Valley Fed Credit Un 

    • Carrs Benefit BBQ @ Mainstage

    • Vendors & Concessions @ Valley River Center

    • CER Senior Center Treat, Health & Outreach  @  Transit

    • Blood Bank Alaska @ Transit

    • Golden Wheel Carnival @ Eagle River Commons

    • Horse Drawn Carriage Rides @ Business Blvd.

    • 11:30am                      Eagle River Camera Club Announces “Festival Favorite” Photography Award @Jitters 

    • 11:30am                      VCA Dog & Owner Look-a-Like Contest @Mainstage

    • 12pm                            Rodeo Alaska Champions Tour – Grand Entry @ 2pm

    • 12:30pm                     Candice’s Dance Studio Performance

    • 1pm                              Motorcycle Show sponsored by GEICO @ Business Blvd.

    • 1pm                              Running with the Bears sponsored by 1st National Bank Alaska  @ Mainstage 

    • 1:15pm                         Carrs Ice Cream Eating Contest @ Mainstage

    • 1:30pm                       Chopped Salmon Throwdown Cooking Competition sponsored by  IBEW 1547,   Alaska Salmon  Alliance, Comset Fisheries & Tilgen’s Seafood @ Mainstage  

    • 4:30pm                      Rotary I-Did-a-Duck Race sponsored by Eagle River Area Rotary Club @ Mainstage

      Ongoing Events During Bear Paw Festival 

        Mainstage Entertainment @ Mat Valley Fed Credit Un

        Blood Bank Alaska @ Transit

       Golden Wheel Carnival @ ER Commons

        Bear Paw Photo Contest Winner’s Display @Jitters

        Carrs Benefit BBQ @ Mainstage

        Vendors on Business Blvd & Regency Drive

        CER Senior Center Treats, Health & Outreach @ Transit

        Horse Drawn Carriage Rides, Bus Blvd.

Matanuska Valley Federal Credit Union Presents Main Stage Entertainment

    • 6:00 – 9:00 pm – Classic Car Show
    • 10:30 am Don Russell, “The Magic Guy”
    • 3:30pm  Bear Paw’s Got Talent sponsored by Northrim Bank
    • 4:00pm – 6:00pm Human Foosball Competition
    • 11:30 am VCA Dog & Owner Look-a-Like Contest
    • 12:30 pm 
    • 1:00 pm Running of the Bears – 300 Yard Fun Run
    • 1:30pm Chopped Salmon Throwdown
    • 3pm Carrs Ice Cream Eating Contest
    • 4pm I-DID-A-DUCK Rubber Ducky Race

Bear Paw Awards 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

12:00 PM – 1 PM

Eagle River Ale House

11901 Old Glenn Hwy, – Eagle River, Alaska 99577

2017 Grand Marshall Virginia Lauer McMichaels

Virginia Lauer-McMichael is the 2017 Grand Marshall of Bear Paw Festival Parade. The McMichaels moved to Alaska in 1986 and to Chugiak in 1992 to join the Fire Department and Virginia is nearing her 25th year with the Chugiak Volunteer Fire Department.  With 32 years in Emergency Services, her experience includes work as an EMS in Mississippi, working with FEMA during Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, and has been a reservist ever since. She instructs fire and EMS classes throughout Alaska and has received the 2012 and 2016 EMS Provider Award by the State of Alaska.  In her free time, Virginia enjoys raising animals, traveling and spending time with her eight children and 4 grandchildren.


Bear Paw Event Descriptions

Entry Forms Click on the PDF icon to download