Jun 21, 2011

Summer Solstice bash...with a celebrity appearance!

I had a blast at the Summer Solstice bash on Saturday.
It was held downtown Anchorage on 4th Avenue. They shut down the entire street and had a bunch of activities to do for adults and children.
Luckily, I was able to take my nephew. His mom agreed to come into town so we could have some family fun before my brother leaves for four weeks for work and see him for Father's Day. Even if it was a day early.

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This is the historic 4th Avenue theater.

My brother and nephew. Cheesin'. This is my nephew's version of the peace sign. Ha!

Chinese drummers

Giant 18-foot puppet and a giant Radio Flyer red wagon that is actually a car!

Trying to get nephew to high-five the puppet, but he wasn't having any of that!

Instead, he opted for a picture in front of it all

Nephew even asked the owners nicely if he could sit on it

Close up of the puppet

There was a guy that cut things out of wood with a chainsaw and he made this GIANT chair

There was a petting zoo and nephew chose an albino bunny. Red eyes and fluffy!

We were even surprised with a celebrity of sorts. Chuck Liddell is a retired UFC lightweight champion and he showed up to the festival and offered free pictures with him. Our picture won't be available until Wednesday or later, but we were able to take some from the side of the tent to hold us over until we got the professional pic. He was REALLY nice, shook our hands, asked us our names and even chatted as he was giving us his autograph before the picture was taken.

Nephew looked at Chuck Liddell and said "Beat down!" as Chuck was signing the autograph. He laughed and said it back to him which made nephew's day.

Chuck Liddell even signed nephew's hat. Something he can hold on forever!

The lady taking the picture.

Aaron and me with Chuck Liddell

After seeing Chuck Liddell, we headed to the kid zone where they had a mini lake so the little ones could kayak. Nephew ready to go!

He was so excited and ready to go!

He was actually moving himself with that oar and he's only 2.5 years old!

Getting a little push from the helpers.

Huge bubble maker that was making bubbles float everywhere.

Random bubbles floating in the air.

This is the same guy that made that GIANT chair. He was carving an eagle with a chainsaw.

This guy was playing an electric violin. He was AWESOME! He did a Beyonce and Lady Gaga song. It was amazing!

And that was the end of the festival. It was an amazing day. I even got sunburnt!
It was worth it though.
Awesome family fun!
It was definitely a fantastic Summer Solstice bash!


Big Fat Gini said...

Looks like a super fun day! My boys are marveling over that giant wagon, too! I would honestly kill for an Alaskan summer right now!

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