FAIRBANKS, Alaska Joan Skilbred was the speaker at Tuesday's Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce luncheon, which was held at Pioneer Park. She spoke about the history of this celebration. This meeting usually marks the beginning of Golden Days, but this year it started on July 14th, in connection with the Arctic Lightning Air Show.
Other events this year include the Old Tyme Games taking place at Pioneer Park. Competitions of the games include watermelon and pie eating contests, Log splitting, criss-cut sawing and more. The games start at 5:30 pm on Wednesday.
The downtown parade, rubber ducky race, and street fair, will all be taking place this Saturday. The parade starts at 10 am and stretches from the Carlson Center to Gaffney Road. The Air Force will have a fly- over around 11 am Saturday during the Golden Days Parade. The street fair will be at Golden Heart Plaza. That goes from 9 am to 5 pm. There will be a Kids Korner that will offer free face-painting, balloon animals, petting zoos, and more. The duckie race will take place at 3 pm.
President of the Chamber of Commerce, Marisa Sharrah, spoke on why Golden Days is important to Fairbanks.
"It really is an opportunity for us to get together in a very traditional way and celebrate our community and the connections that bring us together," said Marisa Sharrah. "A lot of the activities that are hosted throughout the week are free to attend. They are family friendly. It's a really fun time."