DISNEY on the Ice is this year's theme for the 82nd Fairbanks International Bonspiel!
Curlers: Deadline for signing up for a curling team is Monday night, March 27 @ 11:59pm. Call some friends, create your teams, and collect your costumes for this epic annual event! Team tickets are $360 USD or $90 USD for an individual. Note that a 5th on your team is $90. It's a traditional bonspiel, meaning that the teams are gender-specific. Men's & Women's teams only - no mixed or open teams. Awesome prizes, delicious food, llive music, and tons of fun are all just bonuses added to the round-the-clock curling!
Not curling? Just coming for the epic party? We will be open to the public the entire duration of the event. Come on down and hang out in our warm spectator viewing area, have a drink at the bar and enjoy some food by Between the Buns!
This event is open to the public!
Thursday night (March 30): Opening Ceremonies @ 6:00p. Curling starts at 7:00p. Band: Jazz Combo 7:00p-9:00p. Bar will be open 5:00p - late close (exact closing depends on how busy it is all night). Food: Between the Buns will be open 5:00p-9:00p.
Friday (March 31):Curling starts at 8:00a and will be round-the-clock for the rest of the weekend. Band: SHAGG! Cover charge: $10. Yes, it is 21+ only for the bands. Bar will be open 4:00 pm-very late close. Food: Hand-made Danishes by donation for the early morning draws. Between the Buns will be open 12:00p-2:30a (Yes! Lunch through dinner & also late night food!)
Saturday (April 1):Curling: Starts at 8:00 am Group Picture: 3:30 pm. Bands: 7:30p-9:30p Kentucky Tundra. 10p-2a Avery Wolves. Cover charge: $10. Yes, it is 21+ only for the bands. Bar will be open 10:00a (Ursa Major Bloody Mary Bar!) -very late close. Food: Hand-made Danishes by donation for the early morning draws. Ladies Luncheon (Potluck) 1:00p-3:00p.Between the Buns will be open 12:00p-2:30a. (Yes! Lunch through dinner & also late night food!)
Sunday (April 2):Curling: round-the-clock curling! Final Games will start around ~1:00p. Bar will be open 10:00a (Ursa Major Bloody Mary Bar!) -~9:00p. Food: Sourdough Pancake Breakfast ~7:30a-9:30a. Between the Buns open 12:00p-2:00p. Awards Banquet: ~6:00p.
This event is brought to you by Kendall Subaru of Fairbanks, Ursa Major & Odom Corp.
A shout out to our volunteer ice crew who worked round-the-clock this weekend to get our ice ready for the season. Big thank you to Lee Hazen, Ethan Birkholz, Paul Pranitis, Bert Mitman, Annie Burns, and Katie who all showed up to help out with the ice. We also hired the top two ice makers for the USCA, Shawn Olesen and Dave Staveteig to make sure that we have top-notch ice for or season! If you've always wondered what goes into making ice, check out our Facebook page where we posted a bunch of pics and videos. In the meantime, here's a few pics of the excitement over the weekend.
Mission statement: The Fairbanks Curling Club Foundation, Inc. will promote the sport of curling and support and foster amateur sports competition for the Fairbanks area residents.”
In 1990, the Curling Club Foundation was registered with IRS as a 501(C )(3). It is a separate tax entity from the Fairbanks Curling Club. The Foundation follows IRS guidelines and disburses close to the minimum amount required each year, and preserves the principal to help support the mission statement for future years.
Donations are recognized on an accumulated basis from 1991 to the current year. United Way donors are also recognized if authorization was received.
Original Founders in 1991 $5000 E. M. Cox, Margaret Cox, Joe and Dolores Jackovich, Norm MacPhee, Kenneth A. Murray, Louise Severance, Paul Stutzmann, Dave Swanson
Eight Ender $5000 Robert Bettisworth, Corky Corkran, Earl Crass, Ted Cox, Fairbanks Curling Lions (8), Denis & Pat Fox, Foundation annual dinners, Estate of Howard Mackey (31), Estate of Phelpsie Sirlin, Estate of Frank Severance (29), Estate of Paul Stutzmann (2), Bill & Cindi Gryder, GVEA match, Lenny & Michele Johnson, Peter & Denise Lundquist, Memory of Jean Cox, Memory of Denis Fox (2), Memory of Paul Misterek, Memory of Carl Ledbetter, Memory of Chet Vanderbilt, Paul Misterek, Rex and Moira Nutter, The William Cindy Peskoff Charitable Fund, Harold Samuelson, Louise Severance, Wm Stroecker Foundation (15), Paul Stutzmann, Marion Weeks Foundation (4), United Way Anonymous, Chet & Claire Vanderbilt, Greg & Barbara Wyman
Benefactor $1000-$4999 Alyeska match, Chuck & Carol & Angela Bean, Adie Callahan, Mark & Susan Carothers, Pat & Glen Franklin, GVEA match, Gayle & Lee Hazen, Dave & Joanne Hufman, Alaska Linck, Grant McCoy, Memory of Gary Birklid, Memory of Wally & Ann Cathcart, Memory of Dave Swanson, Dave & Roberta Miller, Ron Miller, Mary Mitchell, John & Kathy Nussbaumer, Jason and Jen Ostnes, Ralph & Ouida Paden, Lance & Karen Parrish, Allen & Janelle Persinger, Ken & Cathy Persinger, Bill & Jane Pryor, Leland & Margaret Rich, Gerry & Sandy Richards, Danny and Paula Robinette, Steve & Debbie Sather, Steve and Cathy Shuttleworth, Phelpsie Sirlin, William Stroecker, Arnold Tornell, Walsh Kelliher & Sharp in honor of Ted Cox, Don & Millie Wheat, Jack & Charlotte Wilbur
Patron $500-$999 Patricia Bergdahl, Larry & Anne Burke, Ruth & Wally Burnett, Cole Carson, Ed & Alta Clark, Jim & Diane Fulford, Alice King, Memory of Earl Crass, Memory of Nadine Draper, Matt Evenson, Martha Hanlon and Jeanette Smith, Memory of Joe & Dolores Jackovich, Memory of Corky Corkran, Memory of Ed Krivak, Memory of Leonard Pilcher, Michael and Terri McFarland, Ken H. & Nancy Murray, Greg and Catharine Persinger, LeRoy & Barbara Rich, Bill and Betsy Robertson, Per & Lynda Sather, Julie Shalvoy, Jeff & Karen Spaleta, Jan & Dan Sorenson, Wilma Schikora, Lisa Stevenson, Williams Alaska Petroleum
Sustaining $100-$499 Jack & Connie Burnett, Canoy Family, Larry Crouder, Hal & Nadyne Draper, Dolores Dodson, Jim and Kathi Dodson, Marge Eagan, Larry Ehnert, Merrill Hakala, Janet Gillam, Charlie Green, Bill & Connie Kind, Doug & Karen Laird, Mapco Alaska Petroleum, Jim McCord, Claudia Koch & Dave Goodard, Jeannine Graves, Charlie Green, Bob & Betty Hufman, Doris Loennig, MAPCO Alaska Petroleum match, Memory of Bill Birklid Sr., Memory of Janet Gillam, Memory of Phil Jones, Memory of Roger Moore, Memory of Ken A. Murray, Memory of Ralph Paden, Memory of Harold Samuelson, Memory of Wilma Schikora, Memory of Louise Severance, Gordon Moe, John & Mary Ann Nickles, Bert & Betsy Sharp, Bev Shuttleworth, Olga Steger, Elmer & Toni Stone, Denny Thies, Michelle Thompson, June Thomson, Al & Helen Vacura
Family $50-$99 Glen & Ellen Cruse, Joe & Evelyn Franich, B.J. Henson, Sharon Herman, Paul & Gina Hufman, Margie MacFarland, Harvey Marlin, Dick Morris, Janice Noll, Jon Sandberg, Betty Waldhaus, Jim & Judy Worley
Donors from years when amounts were not available from United Way Bill Birklid, Sharon Burris, Design Alaska match, Tracy Johnson, Sue Sandberg.
The Board also wishes to thank over twenty persons who over the years have not checked the box for United Way to release their contribution or identity
Please accept our apologies for misspelled names. Information submitted to the best of our ability.
This scholarship was established by the Fairbanks Curling Club Foundation to aid students who are attending the University of Alaska Fairbanks and who act as ambassadors by actively promoting and participating in the sport of curling.
High school GPA of 3.0 or higher and/or University of Alaska with GPA of 2.0 or higher (4.0 scale). Meet and maintain eligibility standards for UAF. Previous and current curling participation mandatory.
$500 per semester for full-time student.. Renewal for seven concurrent semesters as long as eligibility standards are maintained for each school semester. Maximum total scholarship = $4000.
Write an essay (maximum 500 words) describing how curling has affected your life.
Obtain a copy of your high school or college transcripts (whichever is most recent).
Obtain two letters of recommendation from individuals not related to you.
Submit completed application, essay, transcripts, and letters of recommendation to the Fairbanks Curling Club Foundation no later than April 30.
The curling club scholarship committee will review completed applications and qualifications of the applicants
Contributions have been received from individuals, United Way designations, the Fairbanks Curling Lions, the Marion Weeks Foundation, the William Stroecker Foundation and two large estate donors, Howard Mackey and Frank Severance.
Grants have been awarded to the Fairbanks Curling Club to promote curling through open houses, curling instruction, youth curling in schools, and club projects to help improve the curling facility. The Foundation has helped support travel for junior curlers to the U.S. National events and Arctic Winter Games, travel for adults to the U.S. Mixed Nationals and to the Pacific International Cup in Vancouver. In 2007, the Foundation began awarding scholarships to attend the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
There are no paid wages in the Foundation. A small amount is paid for preparation of the annual IRS tax return. All other work (daily accounting, fund raising, and investing), is accomplished on a volunteer basis.
National-level Curling meets National-level Dog Mushing!
How fortunate! The Iditarod, which usually starts in Willow, AK, has been moved to Fairbanks! This will happen while Club Nationals are here!. The iconic dog mushing race will start on Monday, March 6 at 10:00 am local time.
How it works. The first team will take off from the yet-unreleased start point at 10:00 am sharp. The next teams will start at two minute intervals until all 75 teams have started. This means the start will take two and a half hours.
The 2017 plan is not yet released. The Iditarod started in Fairbanks in 2015, so the information here is how it worked in 2015, but details of the final 2017 have not been released. The details listed here are not confirmed for this year, and are subject to change as the City of Fairbanks formulates a plan for this change that was only announced on 2/10/2017.
Shuttle busses. In 2015, there was no parking near the Iditarod Start line. Instead, free shuttle busses moved people between a parking lot and the start line. That parking lot was at our arena, the Carlson Center, which is directly next door to the Fairbanks Curling Club.
If you play in the 8:00 am draw. After your game,you will walk over to the Carlson Center, hop on a shuttle bus, and it'll take you down to the Start line, where mushers will still be starting. You will get to watch the last half of the mushers leave.
If you play in the 12:00 pm draw. We recommend you come to the Curling Club around 9:00 or 9:30 am, walk over to the Carlson Center and get on the first busses heading to the Start. If it starts where it did in 2015, it will be about a 10 minute ride. You will get to watch the first batch of mushers leave.
So as the draw stands it looks like you'll all get to see the Iditarod 2017!
Pre-orders for all 2017 Club Nationals merchandise is available until Wednesday, February 15 @ 10:00 am (AK time). These prices are discounted for pre-order. A very limited quantity Clubs merchandise will be ordered outside of these orders and available onsite for full price. If you'd like merchandise, CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER
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Thank you to these Sponsors of Club Nationals 2017!
November 3, 2016
From the Klondike Gold Rush to Club Nationals
Fairbanks is excited to host Club Nationals in 2017! We have been preparing for this event for 111 years! That’s right, curlers. Let’s take a walk down the historical journey of the Fairbanks Curling Club which is proud to be the oldest organized sports group in Alaska.
It was the Klondike Gold Rush of 1898 that brought Scottish prospectors, and the game of curling, to Dawson City in the Yukon Territory of Canada. Then, in 1902, a new gold strike near what we now call Fairbanks attracted the prospectors to the interior of Alaska. By 1905, they established the Fairbanks Curling Club. Games were played on the open ice of the Chena River and on docks near the river. In 1908, curlers built a 2-sheet rink that was all curling and no clubhouse. That building eventually became a church and still exists in downtown Fairbanks today.
In 1962, our existing 6-sheet club was built. It is the northern-most dedicated Curling Club in the United States, and we’d like to invite you to playdown for the opportunity to join us for Club Nationals. Playdown registration is regional and opens beginning November 16 and closes on January 4. We’ll see you in Fairbanks!
Is this Alaska or is this Heaven?
August 19, 2016
The Fairbanks Curling Club is thrilled to invite curlers to Alaska for 2017 Club Nationals! Twenty lucky teams will make their way up to Fairbanks for a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will include world-class curling!
What is it like in Fairbanks in March? For starters, yes, it will still be cold. It will likely be in the 20s for highs and around 0 for the lows. Of course, that’s if it’s a warm year! Daylight will be what most people are used to in the Lower 48, with sunrise in the 7 am hour and sunset in the 6 pm hour. While in Fairbanks, what is there to do? The folks in Fairbanks are planning some side excursions for you to soak in the healing waters of the Chena Hot Springs, view the Aurora Borealis, and to go dog mushing! All this and curling? Fairbanks is practically heaven.
Club Nationals 2017 is March 4-11, with practice, team meetings and Opening Ceremonies on Saturday, March 4. Games will start at 8:00 am on Sunday, March 5. Come on up a day early, and participate in these Fairbanks excursions before curling in the USA’s northernmost Curling Club. Hurry hard to earn your spot!
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The Fairbanks Curling Club is thrilled to announce that we have been selected as the host city for 2017 Club Nationals! We will be welcoming the 20 best amateur curling teams in the U.S. to Fairbanks, AK, March 4-11, 2017.
The week long tournament features 10 men's & 10 women's teams. Club Nationals was created in 2005 as an avenue for regional-based teams to compete at a high level in the U.S.
The 2016 Club National Championships were held at the Capital Curling Club in Bismarck, ND, and the reigning champions are the Sydney Schmus (Wisconsin) rink for women, and the Martin Sather (New York, but formerly of Fairbanks!) rink for men.
Deadlines for 2017 Club Nationals:
Playdown registration opens on Nov. 30.
An early registration discount will be in place until Dec. 14
Playdown Registration closes on Dec. 28, 2016.
The Club Nationals draw schedule will be posted by Feb. 3 to assist competitors in booking flights.
Regional playdown dates will be added as we receive information.
Championship dates are March 4-11. Practice, team meetings and Opening Ceremonies to take place on Saturday, March 4. Games to begin at 8:00 am on Sunday, March 5.
Alaska playdowns: January 14-15, 2017, Fairbanks Curling Club
Travel information (more information to come!)
Alaska Airlines offers a credit card with an annual companion fare discount code. This discount code entitles the cardholder to purchase one round-trip coach companion fare on Alaska Airlines from $121 (USD) when traveling with another passenger on a paid published coach airfare on the same itinerary, booked at the same time.
Fairbanks is amazing place to visit, especially in the winter. The World Ice Art Championships will be occurring in Fairbanks at the same time as Club Nationals; hot springs, dog mushing, museums and the northern lights are just some of things you can experience in Fairbanks. For more information check out Explore Fairbanks.