Musher Banquet for Alaskan Visitors| What to wear and bring

I had the privilege of taking part in the Iditarod Musher’s Banquet at the Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage, Alaska last night.  It was a wonderful opportunity to meet local residents, learn more about the Iditarod Dogsled Race and enjoy a great party.  There were a few thousand people in attendance, proof of what a big event it is for the locals.

The dress code ran the scale from casual to dresses and suits, but most people were wearing jeans and dressy tops.  There were at least 60 race participants there; most of them were wearing t-shirts or sweatshirts identifying their team and/or kennel name.  Sean Parnell, the governor of Alaska was in attendance and spoke for a few moments to wish the race teams a safe and enjoyable race.  He also introduced the other four past governor’s who were in attendance.  Sarah Palin came to the stage in chic jeans and a USA t-shirt; she fit right in with many other locals and guests.

We all had a really nice, huge dinner while watching video of past races and dogs.  It started out with bread and salad, followed by steak, potatoes and three different vegetables.  They finished it off with coffer an a huge piece of chocolate cake.  There was a bar for purchasing drinks, as well as a table selling memorabilia and a huge silent auction.

So, wear whatever you want and you will fit in nicely.  Bring a sharpie and or pen for autographs.  If you’d like to get something from the bar  or Iditarod sales table; if you plan to participate in the huge silent auction, bring some money or a credit card.  Aside from that bring a big appetite for a huge slab of meat and a great dinner.

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