Tickets on sale February 1 to April 5; festival in March
This is the lottery, Alaska-style. To enter, just buy a ticket and pick the date and time (down to the minute) in April or May when you think the winter ice on the Tanana River will break. Winning could mean a windfall: the pool has reached nearly $300,000 in recent years. If you’re not the gambling type, come for the festivities in early March, which include craft booths, contests (including donut eating and an egg toss), races for snow machines and sled dogs, and a fireworks display.