Homer Winter Carnival Celebrates 59 Years


     It’s Winter Carnival time in Homer again.

     Every year the carnival has a theme, and Homer Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Monte Davis said this year is no exception.

     “This year’s theme is ‘Snowmachines, Skates and Skis – Oh My!’,” he said.

     The four-day event kicks off with a basketball tournament at Homer High School Thursday. 

     “We’re celebrating winter. People in the Lower 48 sometimes don’t get that. But when you live here, part of the reason that you live here is because you do love winter. If it’s too cold to golf, I wanna be able to cross-country ski, thank you very much,” Davis said.

     There will be lots of indoor and outdoor activities for everyone to take part in. And as Homer Visitor Center Manager Nyla Lightcap explained, plenty of those activities will be family-friendly.

     “Paul Banks does their carnival after the parade. Wells Fargo does a fun thing for kids where they have kids’ activities. The Pratt has a couple of fun days. The ice bike races, the ice races. There is a free skate out at the hockey rink that NOMAR sponsors,” Lightcap said.

     Though she and Davis point out the erratic weather over the last few weeks may impact some of the plans for the weekend; especially the ice racing on Beluga Lake.  

     “If that happens, usually we figure out another way to have fun,” Davis said, “There isn’t actually a plan for postponement; certainly not the ice races. I guess we’ll just have to see what the weather brings.”

     Lightcap said although it’s not especially “wintery”, she is most looking forward to Jazzline, which is an event and fundraiser featuring dancers of all ages. There are performances at the Mariner Theatre scheduled for Friday night at 7 and Saturday at 3 and 7 p.m. Davis said he can’t wait for the parade, which begins at noon on Saturday.

     A complete list of activities is available at the Homer Chamber of Commerce website or on the chamber’s Facebook page.