The 2019 Teddy Bear Picnic

Featuring Odor Eaters Rotten Sneaker Contest
Children's Games and Activities
Lunch Box Derby
Teddy Bear Parade


Join us on Friday July 12th at 11 AM at the Eagle River Commons for a day full of old-fashioned picnic games. Back again by popular demand is our all community Teddy Bear Picnic!  It’s a fun-filled way to start the Bear Paw Festival!  Younger “cubs” will enjoy story time, as well as games and age appropriate activities.

Odor Eaters Rotten Sneaker Contest
What’s blowing in the wind at the Bear Paw Festival?  It’s the Great Alaska Odor-Eaters Rotten Sneaker Contest!  This event is open to any child 5 –15 years of age wearing a pair of sneakers.  The worse the better!  Kids and judges go toes to nose in a fiendish frenzy of foul and fetid footwear for the title of the best of the worst! 

Registration begins at 12:15pm and the first 25 contestants receive an official T-shirt.  The winner receives a year’s supply of Odor-Eaters products, fun gifts, trophy, and their champion rotten sneakers may be permanently enshrined in the Odor Eaters Hall of Fumes. Parents need to accompany kids to sign an event release form. In 2016, our local champion won a trip to NYC where he also won the Nationals!!

KID EVENTS GALORE ~ Food & Fun Activities!

Bear Paw Royalty King and Queen will be on hand to lead the Teddy Bear Parade – so bring your favorite teddy bear friend down to the picnic. Registration for the parade begins at 11am!

Entertainment will be provided during Teddy Bear picnic, featuring activities and games and great food. Our thanks to the sponsors and participants to make this event that celebrates family:

  • Alaska Regional Hospital
  • Matanuska Electric Association
  • Carrs/Safeway
  • UAA/Chugiak Eagle River Campus
  • Odor Eaters 

       Lunchbox Derby ~ Be the first on your block to race an eggplant!  Let your imagination run wild and build a racecar made          completely out of fruits and vegetables. The race will take place Friday, at 12 noon at the Teddy Bear Picnic at the Eagle            River Commons. Fruits & vegetables will be available on site to build your derby entry! 

The entire event, and more, is brought to you FREE through the generous support of local businesses and our sponsors.