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Story last updated at 3:23 PM on Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Homer's winter carnival celebrates the season

By McKibben Jackinsky
Staff Writer

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Sunshine, slush, ice, rain, snow ... you name it, the 2013 Homer Winter Carnival had a little of everything.


It also had plenty of fun, thanks to the Homer Chamber of Commerce, the sponsorship of Alaska USA Federal Credit Union and a long list of volunteers who did everything from stopping traffic from interrupting Saturday's parade to judging parade entries.

Speaking of the parade, Homer Mayor Beth Wythe was the grand marshal. Judges Alita Mahan, Helen Phipps and Crystal Rogers selected the parade winners.


Nonprofit: Relay for Life

Family/individual: Personal Growth, a group of new Homer residents

Social club: Krewe of Gambrinus, marching for the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies;

Judges choice: Krewe Ton du' Chanceaux

Brew competition

There were 87 different entries in the 31st annual home brew competition sponsored by The Brew Shop and held Saturday at the Bidarka Inn Best Western. Winners included:

Lager wheat: Michael Lassin

Imperial pale ale: Michael Lassin

Pale ale: Jason Allmendinger

Amber: Randy Creamer

Porter: Carrie Oats

Stout: Craig Phillips

Pumpkin beer: Dan McNolty

Big beer: Joel Cooper

Cider: Ryan Lee

Mead: Rhubarb mead, Eric Swanberg

Best of show: Eric Swanberg

Ice events

It was a play day for ice-racing vehicles due to weather and conditions on Beluga Lake, according to Dean Ravin. Look for them to be on the ice this weekend, as long as the temperatures stay cool.

The Homer Cycling Club also decided to cancel races on Beluga Lake. However, plans are underway for the Big Bike Festival March 1-3. The festival kicks off Feb. 28 with a screening of "Reveal the Path" at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, doors opening at 6:30 p.m., film beginning at 6:30 p.m.