PO Box 1027, Willow, AK 99688 (907) 495-6633 [email protected]

Homesteader Events

Entry Fee: $2 for each event

Age Restriction: 18+ years old

Event Details:

Broadly defined, homesteading is a lifestyle of self-sufficiency. At the Willow Winter Carnival, homesteaders compete to prove their self-sufficiency and skill with wood chopping tools.

  • Chainsaw Event – Make 3 slices through a log placed in a brace. Best time wins.
  • Swede Saw – 1 slice through the log. Fastest time wins.
  • Crosscut Saw – 1 slice through the log. Best time wins. This is a 2 person saw so you must have a partner. This has 3 competition categories: Men, Women and Co-ed.
  • Axe Throw – Yes, we throw axes in Willow! Throw 3 at a target. Add up the points from the target rings and the most points win. We don’t want to chop anyone’s hands off so you do get 1 practice throw.
  • Wood Chop – Use the axe to completely chop through a log. Fastest time wins.

Awards: For each event, compete to win in the Men’s or Women’s categories. Or, prove your homesteading excellence and participate in all 5 events to compete for the Best Overall trophy!

Award ceremony is at 1:30 PM on Sunday, January 27th in the Main Hall at the Community Center.

Willow King and Queen

Vote Now for the 58th Annual Willow State Winter Carnival King & Queen


2019 King and Queen Nominees

Garrett and Tiffany Davidson
Tiffany is very active in the Willow Elementary PTA and gives freely of her time and talents to provide opportunities for the youth in Willow. Garrett works for the
Caswell/Willow Fire Department promotes fire safety in the school and community and volunteers for Willow events.

Sharlene Stephens and Jason Crockett
Sharlene and Jason organize and actively participate in Winter Carnival events
(outhouse race and homesteader competition). For years, they have generously given to the community through their business (free winter coats for students, books for kids on Halloween, bags of clothing to families who have lost their home in a fire).

2018 King & Queen

Mark Merrill & Dagmar Hess

Cast Your Vote

Pick up a ballot or print your ballot at home and drop it in the ballot cans at any of these 4 locations:

  • Newman’s Hilltop Service,
  • Roni’s Deli
  • Willow Library
  • Willow Post Office
  • Willow Trading Post

Voting is open until January 11th, 2019.

Thank you for helping continue this Willow tradition of recognizing those who have contributed to our community!

Carnival Outhouse Race

How Fast is Your Outhouse?

FIND OUT on JANUARY 25th at 1:00 PM
Willow Community Center

Build an outhouse (see official rules).

Gather your team of 4 racers (one rides on the throne).

Push, pull or drag it to your moment of glory.

Sponsored By:

Cash Prizes

1st Place – $200
2nd Place – $100
3rd Place – $50

Who Can Build the Best and Race the Fastest Outhouse?
2020 Official Outhouse Race Rules

Registration: At WACO booth in the Main Hall of the Community Center

Entry Fee: $5

Age Restrictions: Must be at 16+ years old with at least 1 team member 18+ years old. If under 18 must have a permission slip signed by their parent or legal guardian to participate.

Race Rules:

  1. Teams of 4 people. All members must sign a liability waiver.
  2. The team may consist of family members, friends, a business, club or organization.
  3. One team member must ride inside “Outhouse”, seated on a seat.
  4. No animals or motorized parts are permitted on the “Outhouse” or may be used to help move the structure.
  5. The “Outhouse” may not be carried at any time during the race – it must remain on the ground.
  6. Upon reaching the half waypoint teams will be stopped at a designated line. The rider in the “Outhouse” will open the door, run to a trash can and deposit, ONE AT A TIME, empty tissue rolls. Upon depositing the last roll and then the bag the rolls were in, the rider must return to his/her “Outhouse”, sit down and close the door securely before the team can continue to the finish line.
  7. All team members and the complete “Outhouse” (all parts and pieces included) must be across the finish line to complete the race.

Design Specs:

  • 3 walls and a door
  • Roof and floor
  • Seat – for the rider to sit on. Must be attached to the outhouse
  • Tall enough that rider can stand up straight
  • No more than 6″ x 6″ cut out for a window or design
  • May be constructed out of the material of your choice
  • May be mounted on wheels or skis
  • Outside design and decoration that you desire.


  1. 1st place – $200 and bragging rights for 2019!!!
  2. 2nd place – $100 and the flavor of almost 1st place … until next year.
  3. 3rd place – $50 and … at least you tried.
  4. Most Unique Design – wins a trophy.