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DELTA JUNCTION

The Delta Junction Chamber of Commerce lists attractions such as those below as being available in Delta:

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Festival of Lights in February (Sorry the link is to their site, which has not been updated since 1999! But at least it gives you some idea of what happens during the Festival of Lights, which usually occurs in February.

Friday, February 11 through the 13th, 2005

2005 Festival Of Lights
Other local groups and organizations are encouraged to plan events. For more information contact Sheryl Mills 895-5068 or email: deltacc@wildak.net.

The Delta Chamber of Commerce invited everyone to join them for their 11th annual Festival of Lights. The festival is a two day community wide event to fight "Cabin Fever" and welcome the lights of spring. In 2001, the event featured local and statewide artisans & musicians. A partial listing of events included: a Craft Fair, Lighthouse Contest, live music performances, fireworks, the Polar Bear Plunge, weight pulls & dog sled rides. Many events were centered at the Delta School. For more information, call the Delta Chamber of Commerce at (907) 895-5068 or 895-5139  . A more detailed schedule of events was published on the Delta News Web.  Try our events calendar for dates.

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Memorial Day Buffalo Wallow Square Dance Jamboree

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July 4th Buffalo Barbeque

On the Fourth of July, the Pioneers host the Buffalo Barbecue. Roasted buffalo slices and sloppy joes are served, starting at noon until sold out. Little League ball games or girls softball games, can be found at the city park.

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Deltana Fair, last week in July

During this three day event, watch the annual parade and view the agricultural, educational, and garden exhibits. A variety of foods can always be found in the booths at the fair. Livestock competitions, mud bog races, and carnival rides can be found on the midway.

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Delta Agricultural Project

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Farmer's Market

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Pipeline Pump Station Tours

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Historical Sites

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Great Fishing, Hunting In Season

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Largest Free Roaming Bison Herd In Alaska

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Several Private RV Parks With Full Hook-up

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Clearwater State Campground

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Winter Sports

As the winter draws near, the locals start guessing when the coldest day of the year will be, for the Delta Deep Freeze Classic. (The winner guesses, to the second, the coldest temperature between December 1st and February 28th.)

During the winter months, ice hockey is the sporting event to watch in the ice rink (generally known as the Ice Palace). Players range in age from five years to the high school division. 

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BLM State Campground

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Museums

bulletSullivan Road House (on The National Register Of Historic Buildings)
bulletAlaska Homestead and Historical Museum
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State Parks

bulletQuartz Lake State Park (With Fishing, Hiking Camping and Picknicking)
bulletBig Delta State Historical Park (Featuring Rika's Roadhouse and Landing)
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Libraries

bulletDelta Public Library
bulletRuth Riggs Public Library

End of Highway Sign - DeltaDelta Junction at the End
of the Alaska Highway
(This picture from the Delta Chamber of Commerce's Web Site.)

Delta dates its beginnings from 1904. It was transportation on the Delta and Tanana rivers that brought about commerce and eventual settlement of the area. Furs, farming and fishing are still important here.

Bates Landing at the confluence of the Delta and Tanana rivers was a convenient stopover for travelers crossing the Tanana by ferry. Rika's RoadhouseIn 1906 Bates Landing became Rika's Roadhouse, now in the National Register of Historic Places and the focal point of Big Delta State Historic Park.

(Photo courtesy of Julie Coghill.)

At the time, the area was called Buffalo Center for the Bison herd relocated here in 1928. Homesteading became important. Among the first to settle (in 1939) were Bert and Mary Hanson. Their daughter Irene Mead was the first white baby born in the area, and she's still there, playing a prominent role in local history and it's making.

Delta became the northern terminus of the Alcan Highway during World War II. The 1422 mile road is the only road link between Alaska and Canada and connects Alaska to the contiguous 48 States. It was built in 1942 for $115 million.

From World War II to the present, petroleum products transported through pipelines have played a great part in the growth and development of Delta. Delta's gradual growth with booms and busts has mirrored the pattern of Fairbanks to the north.

Up-to-date information about Delta events can be found at the website of their newspaper The Delta News Web.

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