Fairhaven Pizza plans Alaska Day event on Oct. 18

Fairhaven Pizza is hosting an Alaska Day celebration on Thursday, Oct. 18, at its restaurant in Fairhaven.

The holiday is officially recognized by the state of Alaska as the anniversary of the official transfer of the Alaska territory from Russia to the U.S. in 1867.

The restaurant’s owners, Naomi Sundberg and Tom Traibush, are originally from Alaska.

“As the closest major U.S. city to Alaska and a launching point for crabbers and other fishermen, Bellingham has many folks with Alaska ties,” Sundberg said, in a press release. “We thought it’d be great to create a gathering place to celebrate Alaska Day every year.”

The celebration takes place from 2-9 p.m.

Representatives from the Alaskan Brewing Company will be on hand with tasters, giveaways and prizes for a costume contest with categories including best overall Alaskan garb, worst beard, oldest flannel shirt and best fishing story.

The event will also welcome the year’s Alaskan spot prawn catch with special menu items. Each year, Traibush fishes for spot prawns near Gustavus, Alaska.

Fairhaven Pizza is located at 1307 11th St.

The restaurant can be reached at 360-756-7561.

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