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Editor, Valdez Star 

Gold Rush Days begin next Wednesday for young and old alike

There is something for everyone this year from wine walks to rockets


Dust off your garters and pull out your big frilly hats - Gold Rush Days begin in Valdez this coming Wednesday.

This year, Bob and Sue Smith will be crowned Valdez royalty after the committee that puts on the yearly event honored the couple with the title. As King and Queen of Gold Rush, the Smith's will be crowned at the Golden Opportunities Luncheon next Wednesday, at Prince William Sound College.

Look for the two at Gold Rush events all through the week.

Gold Rush Days

While there are large numbers of events daily, there are a number of events this year that will be one-of-a-kind.

Two standouts include the dedication of the newly reorganized community garden, which will hold a dedication for the late Karen Stewart.

The event, slated for Thursday evening, at the gardens next to the dog park on Egan Dr., will honor the late Karen Stewart, who died in ATV accident last year. Stewart was a super-booster of Valdez, and one of the many events she gave countless amounts of time and effort to make successful was the annual Golden Rock Awards, which recognized outstanding gardens in Valdez.

Another unique event will be marking the 100th anniversary of the old Valdez Dock Company building on Hazelet Ave. The event, slated for 2-5 p.m. on August 6, will give the community a chance to learn more about the building that was moved to its currently location from Old Town after the 1964 earthquake.

Favorite events that have proved popular year after year are not forgotten either.

Valdez Star file photo

Last year's King and Queen of Gold Rush, Jim and Charlotte Shephard, during the parade.

Events such as the Pet-a- palooza, a chance for Valdez to show off its pets, will be at the Teen Center a week from Saturday.

The ever-popular wine walk will be held from 5-7:30 p.m. Friday, August 5. Preregistration is required for this event that traditionally sells out early.

This year, participants can register early, beginning at 7 p.m. this Sunday, by going to

The theme of this year's Gold Rush is baseball with the tagline "Take me out to the Gold Fields." It was inspired by this year's king and queen according to organizers.

The times and locations for the pancake breakfast at the Eagles Club, the parade, and other favorites can be found on the website.


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