PO Box 1027, Willow, AK 99688 (907) 495-6633 [email protected]
2019 WACO Board Member Elections

2019 WACO Board Member Elections


Voting for WACO Board Members is in the Willow Community Center on April 3, 2019, at the following times:

  • Voting Open –   12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
  • Voting Closed –   5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
  • Voting Open –     6:30 PM to 7:00 PM

Ballots will be counted on April 3rd, 2019 at the Annual General Meeting and results announced.

Please bring some form of identification to prove residence within WACO boundaries (utility bill in your name with home address, Alaska voter registration, drivers license).




AT-LARGE REPRESENTATIVE – Two positions available.


I’m the father of four children and have three grandchildren all of which call Willow home. My residency here dates back to the mid-eighties and have lived in my current home for over ten years. I am the founder and president of Willow Ice and have also served the carnival committee. I have always called Willow home and believe all the above shows my commitment to this town and desire to make improvements. I also have an opinion on many matters with a different way of looking at things which allows me to bring up points that tend to get overlooked. Thanks for your consideration.


My name is John Spitzberg and I am running for a seat on the WACO Board. I have lived in Willow for three years and love it, the people, the beauty of the land and even the moose who come into my yard to bother my dogs. I have five throwaway dogs. I have taught school in the Bush in five or six villages and worked as a social worker in Bethel, Alaska. I am retired presently. I am a military veteran of 14 years. I am a member of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), serve on the Board of the Willow Dog Mushing Association and belong to the writer’s group at the library.

Thank you for considering me for a member at large position on the WACO Board.  If elected I shall devote my energy to the Board and community,  listen to what people say and act accordingly.


I am interested in one of the At-Large Representative positions with WACO. Willow felt like home to me long before it became my actual home and official residence of record. In the early years, coming out to Willow from Anchorage to stay with various friends at their cabins, I felt myself starting to relax as I passed the Big Lake turnoff and arriving in Willow would generate a sigh of relief. I could breathe easier; stress melted away; I could relax.

My husband, Robert, and I and purchased our diamond-in-the-rough property in Willow in early 2013 and, after much demolition and debris removal, completed construction of our home in early-2017. Though I still commute Monday through Friday for work, it is now between Willow and Wasilla (and not between Willow and Anchorage), and each and every day I still get that sense of home as I near Willow at the end of my workday.

I am putting my name in the hat for At-Large Representative because I want to become more knowledgeable of Willow as a complete community. There are many amazing folks in our area and I look forward to the opportunity to learn and support and give back to my community.

2019 Revenue Share Grants

2019 Revenue Share Grants

Apply for a Revenue Share Grant now. Projects must be for Willow public and community benefit. The application deadline is July 15th, 2019. The total revenue share funds available is $15,789. Submissions must include a description, budget, explain how the project will benefit the community and describe support or collaborations with existing community members or organizations.

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 26th 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?
2019 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.