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If you’ve been downtown Wrangell in the past month, you probably have seen two very curious bears hanging around town&hellip; no they’re not loose from ANAN; they’re Bearfest bears here to kick off Wrangell’s second annual Bearfest celebration. Organizer Sylvia Ettefagh says the festival is a way to promote Wrangell for something other than fishing or timber.

“When people think about Alaska bears are one of the things people immediately think of. and there are plenty of eagle festivals and bird festivals and everything else but we don’t talk about one of the greatest natural resources that we have, which is bears,” she says.

And that’s exactly what Bearfest has set out to do. Ettefagh is spearheading next week’s events and says Bearfest is about show casing the community in new and fun ways. some of those events will include charter trips to ANAN Bear Observatory, art and photo exhibits, a golf tournament, 5k marathon, teddy bear checkups, and educational seminars on southeast Alaska bear life, just to list a few.

Ettefagh and the Bearfest team have been working hard to spread the word about Bearfest and help the festival go viral. Bears have been moving around town and there is even a website where you can see Bearfest bears around different landmarks in Wrangell. Ettefagh would like to see the bear’s presence in the community increase in the years to come.

“Every year we are going to get another bear, so we develop whole groups of bears, and that way we can send more bears out into the community and help build Bearfest up,” she says.

Bearfest is open to all ages, and runs from July 27th through July 31st. for a full schedule of events you can go to <a href=”javascript:void(0);/*1311286871418*/”>www.alaskabearfest.org</a> or call 874-2829. For KSTK I’m Charlotte Duren. </font>

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