Story Last modified at 3:46 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Awards galore given out over four-day Bear Paw festival
ALASKA STAR STAFF
Led by Janet Fales on the microphone, "soldiers" on the Prudential Jack White Vista Real Estate float strut their stuff outside "Camp Prudential." The real estate company's float claimed first prize in the Bear Paw Festival's Grand Parade, which was held Saturday, July 9 in Eagle River.
STAR PHOTO BY MATT TUNSETH
Leslie Lance is a volunteer extraordinaire.
At an awards ceremony hosted by the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce July 6 at Bear Mountain Grill, Lance's tireless devotion to the Bear Paw festival earned her the festival's highest honor, the 41st Community Service Award.
Chamber president Pete Mulcahy said Lance, who has been working as a Bear Paw volunteer for over a decade, does just about every job imaginable before, during and after the annual event.
Among Lance's many duties, Mulcahy said, are managing the paid Bear Paw staff (known as "Leslie's Crew"), driving flatbed trailers, staging the Slippery Salmon Olympics and many, many more.
"She takes a full week unpaid leave to volunteer her entire time to Bear Paw. We love her not just because she has a pickup truck but for her amazing skill sets and talents that are required to run the logistics during a large event," Mulcahy said.
Lance was the final honoree during a luncheon that also honored several other individuals and businesses for their contributions to the community of Chugiak-Eagle River. Also earning ceramic Bear Paw plaques were the Eagle River Boys and Girls Club, which won the 41st Annual Bear Paw Community Service award for an organization; along with Terry Beaty (Chugiak-Eagle River Volunteer Services Award), Peggy Hayashi (C-ER Chamber Spirit of the Festival Award), and MTA, which won the C-ER Chamber President's Award.
The awards Wednesday were the first of dozens of honors handed out during the four-day festival. Among the other top awards were the Grand Parade Grand Prize, which went to Prudential Jack White Vista Real estate; the Salmon Cook-Off Best Overall Salmon Dish, which went to Rob Nesvick; and the Miss Bear Paw, which was won by Eagle River's Johna Rutz.
Here's a list of all of this year's Bear Paw award winners:
Bear Paw Pageant
Miss Bear Paw Johna Rutz
Mr. Bear Paw Kody Trobmley
Bear Paw Princess Maggie Wallace
Bear Paw Prince Forrest Campnell
Mr. Congeniality Taylor Andrews
Miss Congeniality Hannah Ferguson
Costume Award Bre Bhangu
Community Service Award Blake Rinckey and Maggie Wallace
Grand Prize Prudential Jack White Vista Real Estate
Judges Award Alaska Military Youth Academy
Lola Pederson "Spirit of the Festival" Award Anchorage Corvette Assn.
Bill Lowe "Community Spirit" Award Eagle River High Football and Cheerleaders
Commerical 1. Prudential Jack White; 2. SBS; 3. Home Depot
Youth float 1. Eagle River High Football and Cheerleaders; 2. (tie) Eagle River Orthodontics Barrel Train and Stone Path Montessori; 4. Eagle River Parks and Rec Summer Camp "USS Bear Paw"; Honorable Mention: American Heritage Girls Troop 2008
Non-profit 1. "USS Santa Maria," Knights of Columbus Council 9830; 2. (tie) Matanuska Valley Federal Credit Union and Chugiak High Football; 4. VFW Post 9785
Autos 1. Anchorage Corvette Association; Honorable mention: British Sports Car Club, Christian Motorcyclist Association and Home Optics
Music 1. Front Row Seats Band
Marching/Walking 1. Alaska Military Youth Academy; 2. Navy and Air Force ROTC of Chugiak and Eagle River High Schools; 3. Okamoto's School of Karate
IBEW Jammin' Salmon Cook-Off
Best Smoked Salmon Courtney Huseman
Best Salmon Appetizer Eric Bushnell
Best Salmon Entrée Mary Helms
Best Soup or Chowder Mary Helms
People's Choice Eric Bushnell
Best Overall Salmon Dish Rob Nesvick
Odor Eater's Rotten Sneaker
1. Mason Bennett; 2. Chase Trombli; 3. Carter Dinkel
Slippery Salmon Olympics
1. Matt Ferdya and Kyle Johnson (sponsored by the Hahn Family); 2. Ben Rinckey and Jack Walters (sponsored by Neighborworks)
Best Truck Chuck Link, 1955 Ford pick-up
Best Competitive Vehicle Rick Nissen, 1967 Camaro
Best Street Machine Kim Nissen, 1968 Camaro
Best Street Rod Terry Erikainen, 1932 Ford Hiboy
Best Sports Car Joe Anama, 1967 Corvette
Best Import Bill Crawford, 1960 Kaman Ghia
Best Stock Pre-1948 Bob Bartlett, 1930 Ford pick-up
Best Stock Post-1948 Mark Robinson, 1955 T-Bird
Bear Paw Award Mark Robinson, 1955 T-Bird
Cruiser (1101cc and up) Deb Sinclair
Cruiser (451 to 1100cc) Jay Runyan
Cruiser (450cc and below) Travis Fahlsing
Sport Bike (701cc and up) Elizabeth Howe
Sport Bike (701cc and below) Fighter Stein
Touring or Bagger Troy Gladle
Vintage Custom (20 years or older) John Williamson
Vintage Stock (20 years or older) Patrick Donnelly
3-Wheels, Trikes, Sidecars Bob Griffiths
Dual Sport Larry Phyfe
Rat Bike Nyne White
Radical Custom/Choppers Fernando Rodriguez
Ambassador's Choice Mykola Green
People's Choice Dick Lochner
SBS Duct Tape Bear name
"Major McGrizzly Pants," Rita Turner
This article published in The Alaska Star on Wednesday, July 13, 2011.