The Big Flip. This is when volunteer gamblers from the Alaska Fire Service (smokejumpers and pilots) buy a keg, have a party, and ante up to win a simple coin toss competition (heads, you're out; tails, you're in). The ante this year was $50, and due to high participation, the pot grew to $4850! No, Collin didn't win, another guy did.
But then, wait! There is allowance for one last double-or-nothing opportunity, which was taken up by one smokejumper, who shall remain nameless. One toss of the coin would determine if he stole the pot, or lost $4850 of his own (in addition to his original $50). Drum roll please....Heads. Ouch.
The Annual Red Green Regatta. For 19 years, the local PBS station has hosted this event as a wacky tribute to the Red Green Show. Contestants are required to fashion a watercraft using duct tape and other household materials, and float it about a mile down the Chena River through downtown Fairbanks. Red Green (aka Steve Smith) himself was here to assist in the judging of these hand-crafted vessels.
Some were simple, others elaborate. Some were piloted by one, others by a costumed crew. Many were delivered to the dumpster immediately upon arrival at the takeout. Some didn't make it that far. Among the prizes awarded were:
- Most Un-Fathom-Able: for a vessel that gave it a go, but sank or barely made it to the finish
- Best Appreciated at a Distance: for the strangest and ugliest thing you ever did see
- Judges' Award: Not sure what to make of the vessel or costume, but it caught the judges' attention
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