Wrangell's BearFest returns for 13th year


Photo courtesy of Breakaway Adventures

A mama brown bear and her two curious cubs sneak a look into the shelter last week at the Anan Wildlife Observatory near Wrangell.

WRANGELL - BearFest is coming out of hibernation and is planned for July 27 through July 31 throughout Wrangell.

The popular event will offer pie contests, live music, art and music workshops, symposiums, a marathon and more.

"It's a celebration of bears. That's the short of it," said Sylvia Ettefagh, chairperson for the event. "Its mission is to promote Wrangell and to promote the environment; one part of our environment - a very important part of our environment - the bears."

Not only is BearFest meant to attract visitors to Wrangell like bears to a salmon-laden creek, hungry for culture...

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