Sunday marks a new reign of Rondy royalty in Southcentral
With a Lord and Lady to lead, the next wave of Fur Rendezvous Royalty is set to begin their reign this weekend.
"They're selected based on community service, their civic involvement and dedication to business here in Southcentral Alaska," Amie Hakkenson, Rondy Royalty manager said.
The tradition of a royal court for the annual Fur Rendezvous goes back decades. "The first Fur Rendezvous Queen was selected by the most raffle ticket sales in 1936," according to the official Fur Rondy website.
The royal court has grown to now include a King and Queen Regent, Lord and Lady Trapper, Heritage Ambassador, Queen and Princesses and new for 2019, the Sweetheart category.
Honoring the Lord and Lady Trapper is different for this year. "We had a great group of nominees this year and we just couldn't let them all go unrecognized so we selected our standard three nominees that went to our legacy committee for both Lord and Lady Trapper," Haakenson said.
Mike Ford, Eddie P, and Casey Bieber are all up for Lord Trapper. Lisa Sauder, Rhonda McBride, and Debbie Reinwand-McGuire are candidates for Lady Trapper.
While the court is most visible during the winter carnival, the representatives are involved in service projects and community organizations year-round. The coronation ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, January 27, 2019, at 3 p.m. at South High School.