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Story last updated at 9:00 PM on Wednesday, February 9, 2011

'Funk, fleece, flannel' Homer celebrates winter's charms

By McKibben Jackinsky
Staff Writer


Homer News file photo

The horn section of the Krewe of Gambrinus Bossy Pants band performs in 2010.

What do cups of hot apple cider in a toy store have in common with thundering race cars spiraling around a track on the frozen surface of Beluga Lake?

They're both on the 2011 Homer Winter Carnival program of events. Organized by the Homer Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Alaska USA Federal Credit Union, the weekend schedule has a little bit of something for everyone, wrapped in the theme of "funk, fleece and flannel."

"Flannel and fleece are Homer things in the wintertime, for sure," said Nyla Lightcap. As the manager of the chamber's visitor center, Lightcap also is holding the carnival reins.

"We were having all that crazy weather thing going on. It was 40 degrees and no snow and then there was a bunch of snow. So we thought why not throw it all together," she said.

As for the funk part of it, Lightcap said that's up to individual interpretation.

"There is no definition," she said. "We're kind of leaving that ambiguous."

With Valentine's Day falling on Monday, some events are being built around a heartfelt theme. Like the Sweetheart Dance at Land's End Resort and the steak special dinner for two at Duggan's Waterfront Pub that actually happens on Feb. 14.

Right in the middle is the popular Saturday parade from the Homer High School parking lot, down Pioneer Avenue to the parking lot of east Kachemak Bay Campus, Kenai Peninsula College-University of Alaska Anchorage. Judges are being provided by Alaska USA Federal Credit Union, with a reviewing stand set up at Bay Realty.

Prizes will be offered in the following categories:

• Best nonprofit, $400;

• Best individual/family, $200;

• Best for profit, $125;

• Judge's choice, $125.

Sign-up forms for the parade are available online, but Lightcap said that as long as entrants are at the high school parking lot by 11:15 a.m. Saturday, she'd make room for them in the parade.

If spectators get chilled during the parade, there's free hot chocolate and cake at Alice's Champagne Palace, hot apple cider at Timeless Toys and coffee and doughnuts at the Homer Senior Center immediately following the parade. "There are lots of options to get warmed up," said Lightcap.

The complete schedule and a carnival poster are available on the chamber's website and on pages 14 and 15 of today's Homer News. A couple of changes have been made: Snowshoe softball games scheduled at Wynn Nature Center from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday will be held at Karen Hornaday Park and Drama Slam, a 24-hour theater festival on the Saturday schedule has been canceled.

But other than that, it's all good to go.

"There are lots of good opportunities for people to go out and have some fun," said Lightcap.

For more information, visit www.homeralaska.org/ or call 235-7740.

McKibben Jackinsky can be reached at mckibben.jackinsky@homernews.com.