Beaver Round Up turns 60 next week

Mar 13, 2018

Dillingham’s five-day winter festival kicks off Wednesday. “Elders’ Tales” is the theme for the 60th annual celebration.

Mike Halko's suggestion, Elders' Tales, won the theme competition for the 60th annual Beaver Round Up.
Credit Beaver Round Up

Beaver Round Up is just around the corner. Next Wednesdsay,  floats and people will parade through Dillingham to mark the start of the 60th annual winter festival. Then outhouse racers will tear through the streets, and joggers in costume will join the fun run.

For six decades, BRU has been a Dillingham winter calendar staple.

“BRU is very important to our community for many reasons. We all look forward to this five day event all year long. It is our event to celebrate traditions, celebrate friends and family that we don't always have the chance to see and have fun,” said Charlene Lopez, the event coordinator.

This year, the theme is “Elders’ Tales.” In addition to classic events, including bingo, basketball, tug ‘o war and more, BRU will feature events that focus on traditional storytelling and crafts.

“We have two elders coming to help with our Elders' Tales. They will be telling stories with story knives and teaching us how to make kuspuk patterns,” said Lopez.

The final schedule with a full list of activities will be available online Monday, March 19. Raffle tickets are available now at NUSH/WAC Rippies. The festivities begin Wednesday, March 21. Beaver Round Up will conclude with fireworks on Sunday, March 25.

Contact the author at or 907-842-2200.


Beaver Round Up Parade, 2015
Credit Hannah Colton/ KDLG

A bright Saturday morning brought families out to the Lily Pond in 2017 for an annual favorite—the candy and ping-pong ball drop.
Credit Avery Lill/ KDLG

The BBAHC team runs hard in the 2015 BRU outhouse races.
Credit Hannah Colton/ KDLG