Fairbanks is one of the best places in Alaska to enjoy the great summer months. There are opportunities for camping, fishing, hiking, hunting, boating, and more. Denali Park is open year-round, but most services are only available from May through September. A Farmer's Market opens on College Road every Wednesday and Saturday during the summer months. Frequent festivals and open-air concerts offer entertainment, but the largest celebrations center around June 21, the longest day of the year. Festivities include the Midnight Sun Run, a 10-k run and costume competition, and the Midnight Sun Classic, an annual baseball game hosted by the Fairbanks Goldpanners; the game usually starts around 10 pm and is played entirely without artificial lighting.
Winters in Fairbanks can be harsh, but don't let that keep you inside. Fairbanks has a lot to offer in the winter months as well. Fireworks and the spectacular Northern Lights brighten the long nights. Both downhill and cross-country skiing are available, as well as snow boarding. Hockey fans can cheer on the local Fairbanks Ice Dogs and the UAF Nanooks. Dog mushing and skijoring competitions occur regularly throughout the winter, culminating in the Yukon Quest in early February. Ice carvers from around the world meet in March for the annual World Ice Art Championships. And be sure to check out Santa's Workshop in North Pole during the holiday season!
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In these dangerous driving conditions, even the best drivers must be prepared for anything. An unexpected accident only a few miles outside of Fairbanks could leave you stranded, beyond cell phone range, and with no immediate help. Sub-zero temperatures can make such a situation miserable for the toughest "Sourdough," but for the unprepared it could be fatal. Ensure that your vehicle has emergency winter gear, such as extra clothing, blankets, jumper cables, flashlights, food, and matches.
Before you can even get on the road, however, your vehicle must be properly prepared. The cold temperatures can quickly drain batteries or freeze fluids if your vehicle isn't properly winterized. It usually costs several hundred dollars to install a battery blanket and an oil pan heater, but these are necessary expenses for most Fairbanks' residents. Check with local dealerships and repair shops for exact information about what you need.
Remember that you are stationed in a great place: America's Final Frontier! There are many things to see and do in Alaska, just waiting for you to explore. If you have any questions or concerns about anything please contact me here.
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