Yukon Quest begins Saturday, more festivals to follow

Posted: Thursday, February 03, 2011

Beginning Saturday, the Yukon Quest will host its 28th running of the 1,000-mile sled dog race between Whitehorse, Yukon and Fairbanks. Over 9 to 14 days, 400 canine athletes will lead their humans over historic northern travel routes in a unique race that will utilize 15,000 pounds of dog food and 800 bales of straw and require 700 volunteers, officials and veterinarians from around the world. For more information, visit www.yukonquest.com/.

Here’s a look at other upcoming festivals in the area:

• Available Light Film Festival (Yukon Film Society), Feb. 7-13.

The 9th annual ALFF includes 25 screenings, guest filmmakers, workshops, panels, and the ALFF Industry Forum (Feb 6 to 9). For more information, visit www.alff.ca.

• Frostbite Music Festival, Feb. 18-20.

The Frostbite Music Festival, established in 1979, showcases the music of local and national musicians in several venues. For more information, visit www.frostbitefest.ca

• Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous Festival, Feb. 24-27

Based on an overall theme of the 1890’s, the festival not only celebrates the Klondike Gold Rush but all that is Yukon. For more information, visit www.yukonrendezvous.com.

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