(Alaska’s Scottish Highland Games Draw Crowds in the Tens of Thousands Each Year)
In moves that will bring sadness to young and old alike, three of the Valley’s largest summer events have had to punt to next summer amid this year’s economic and health concerns.
For 40 years, Houston Founder’s Day has drawn hundreds of Alaskans to Mile 57.3 of the Parks Highway each year, and is easily the city’s largest annual event (Frontiersman article announcing cancellation).
The history of the Scottish Highland Games also stretches back 40 years, and boasts crowds of more than 20,000 each year (announcement from the event organizers).
The Alaska State Fair, on the other hand, usually draws around 300,000 visitors to the Palmer State Fairgrounds each year (announcement from the event organizers).
In typical Alaskan fashion, all three are “hands-on” events. It is difficult to envision any of these events taking place in the hands-off context of social distancing currently recommended by the CDC.