By Caroleine James
Wrangell Sentinel 

BearFest celebration fosters friendly competition


August 9, 2023

Marc Lutz/Wrangell Sentinel

Smokey the Bear greets children at the Read with a Ranger event on July 28 at the Irene Ingle Public Library as part of the annual BearFest. U.S. Forest Service staff member Claire Froehlich, right) helps Smokey greet the children.

BearFest attendees brought their culinary and athletic skills to bear at the celebration's games, tournaments and contests. The festival, which ran from July 26 to July 30, featured a golf tournament, marathon, raffle, berry pie contest and smoked salmon contest.

When he isn't busy with his job as borough manager, Jeff Good can be found dominating the Muskeg Meadows golf course, and the BearFest tournament was no exception. He won the straightest-drive competition and the team he was part of - along with Clint Kolarich, Christine Tripp and Tory Houser - took first place.

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