Home Sweet Homer!
Homer is so blessed with pleasurable opportunities, residents have to plan ahead to make time to stay home and work in their gardens.
The first Friday of the month, we roam among the many art galleries to enjoy the new exhibits and the refreshments provided for First Friday openings.
We start the year off in early February with Winter Carnival - a true celebration of life here in the Greatland. Festivities include cross country ski races, snowmachine games and a parade!
March brings us the first of our fishing contests, The Winter King Tournament! Up to 1,000 fishermen and women set out on Kachemak Bay for this one day tournament in search of the biggest feeder King salmon. Prizes are given away over the radio sometimes every 15 minutes or so! The day ends with a prize banquet.
Towards the end of April we spend a day cleaning up the surrounding community with our Annual Clean Up Day. Hundreds of volunteers bring in several tons of trash and recyclables then get to enjoy a free hot dog bbq with all the potato salads et al that accompany these things.
May! Boy do we get cracking in May! The Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival is held around Mother's Day weekend and attended by literally thousands of birders from Alaska and the rest of the world! The 4 day event celebrates the return of migratory shorebirds and is filled with family friendly events from morning til night!
In May we also kick off the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby which runs from May 15th to September 15th and offers prizes for tagged fish, released fish and one grand prize for the largest halibut of the season.
We have an opportunity to win prizes for those who come to Homer and don't want to fish as well! The Homer Shopping Derby rewards folks who shop with any of our participating merchants with an opportunity to win up to $5000 cash! Shop to win - how hard is that?
In June we honor our Military for an entire weekend somewhere close to Flag Day, June 14th. We offer Wounded Warriors the opportunity to enjoy fishing charters, kayak trips and many other opportunities to get out and enjoy Kachemak Bay and feed them that evening at a banquet. Plans are afoot for an Air Show and military exhibition of tanks, ships and Coast Guard vessels. Stay tuned on this one as it grows!
July 4th we honor America with our annual themed parade and many activities throughout the community. Small town, true American spirit!
In July we also start selling tickets to our annual car and atv raffle. The drawing is not until November, but we encourage folks to buy tickets early and often!
While we have no official events in August it is filled with visitors enjoying all that Homer has to offer.
September brings the close of the Halibut Derby and Shopping Derby along with the awarding of those prizes and - Our annual Volunteer Appreciation luncheon! We take the time to thank all of the many volunteers it takes to run an organization like the Chamber and choose our "Volunteer of the Year".
In early November we hold the car and atv raffle - a funfilled party with someone winning BIG!
View all of the above mentioned events on their individual pages for more in depth information.