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TOGIAK: Refuge Float is always a Parade Favorite
Alaska Region, March 9, 2011
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Salmon traps help lend to an
Salmon traps help lend to an "old school" feel for area subsistence activities. - Photo Credit: n/a
The Togiak Refuge float attempts to create a feel for the outdoor lifestyle as it might have been on refuge lands many decades ago.
The Togiak Refuge float attempts to create a feel for the outdoor lifestyle as it might have been on refuge lands many decades ago. - Photo Credit: n/a

Communities of all sizes have an annual celebrations, filled with activities and donned with a catchy name highlighting something important from the town’s past and present.  In Dillingham, that celebration is called Beaver Round-Up, a nod to the fur trade’s importance to the area. Residents from across southwest Alaska travel to the Beaver-Round Up each March to celebrate. One activity that always draws a big crowd is the annual parade, a community event that’s always on the Togiak National Wildlife Refuge calendar.

A panel of judges determines the best floats of the parade, entries are critiqued based on creativity and the connection to the year’s theme. During many years it’s the Refuge’s entry that “floats to the top” with the judges. Yet again the refuge float was a crowd and judge pleaser. The theme for this year’s Round-Up “Kickin’ It Old School”. The refuge took it to heart and created a float that and recreated a traditional fish camp in the bed of the white government pick-up with salmon traps floating in the blue “river.”   

While parades are often simple, annual events, they are also opportunities to have a bit of informal “face time” with the general public. In our case, it allows us to connect with many residents from a wide number of area villages and leave people with a positive message out Togiak Refuge and the Service- all while connecting with the community we call home


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



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