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TOGIAK: Elvis spotted on Refuge!

Region 7, March 7, 2013
Togiak staff members Cheryl O'Connell and Debbie Reiswig pass out candy during the parade.
Togiak staff members Cheryl O'Connell and Debbie Reiswig pass out candy during the parade. - Photo Credit: n/a
Jon Dyasuk looks like he's got a Vegas career pegged, if he ever decides to hang up his USFWS shoes.
Jon Dyasuk looks like he's got a Vegas career pegged, if he ever decides to hang up his USFWS shoes. - Photo Credit: n/a
Elvis- alive and well on Togiak Refuge!
Elvis- alive and well on Togiak Refuge! - Photo Credit: n/a

It’s not Graceland… it’s a whole lot prettier!

 

Dillingham recently held its annual community celebration, called Beaver Round-Up, a nod to an earlier time in town history when the fur trade was a big part of the town’s make up. The event that typically marks the beginning of the multi-day celebration is the parade, an event that Togiak Refuge always participates in, and normally to enthusiastic fanfare on the part of parade on-lookers. This year was no different.

This year’s Round-Up theme was “Rockin’ 55 Years” in recognition of the 55th anniversary of Beaver Round-Up. The logo featured a 60s era Rock and Roll/Elvis theme and many of the floats reflected this.

The Togiak Refuge float featured staff member Jon Dyasuk, who was able to channel his inner Elvis, as Elvis might have been had he been a sport fisherman on the refuge. Laughter ensued along the entirety of the parade route, as parade goers found great humor in Jon’s portrayal of the king. For their efforts Togiak’s entry was selected as the first place float by the panel of judges.

The Beaver Round-Up parade is always a fun event, and it provides the refuge with a nice annual opportunity to connect with the community. With steady laughter in its wake, this year’s float certainly accomplished that.

Contact Info: Terry Fuller, 907-842-1063 ext. 8419, terry_fuller@fws.gov