Pioneers Stampede Eagle

Eagle—On June 20, twenty-three Pioneers from the Palmer, Delta and Fairbanks Igloos descended upon Eagle, Alaska, in the third annual Summer Solstice Stampede. Hosted by Pioneers with a long-term history in Eagle and members of the Eagle Historical Society, the group “circled their wagons” in front of the Riverside Hotel.

As per tradition, the stampeders brought food for two potlucks during the 3-day adventure and in the spirit of the Pioneers, two tourists from Switzerland and two brave Parisian kayakers traveling up the Yukon River were invited to join the feasting.

In addition to the fabulous feeds, the festivities included tours of the community, Ft. Egbert, and the Judge Wickersham courthouse. There was a Pioneer Trivia contest, accompanied by a fire and marshmallow roast. The losers suffered the terrible consequence of their loss—having to eat Jelly Beans, some of which were barely palatable. That caused much laughter as the runners-up tried to choke them down.

The event also held more serious moments as a Pioneer memorial was given at the cemetery to honor six Pioneers buried there. Rememberances were also given for recently departed member of Fairbanks Men’s Igloo No. 4, Larry Knapman, by those who were unable to attend his memorial service in Fairbanks just prior to the stampede.

-submitted by Wanda Huber

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