As you can see from my first look down the parking lot, things were a looking kinda gray early on but the rain held off.
I don't know which Seavey was driving this, but will guess maybe Dallas and Jen. Posted with a nod and thanks to Rod Udd for his support of the race and mushing in general.
A picture of Barb Redington taking a picture.
Sign-up table. Julie Busch, right, is media contact for us media types during the race but does whatever she's asked to put her hand to.
A new piece of paper greeted mushers at the table, a request that they submit recipes for an Iditarod recipe book.
Deby Trosper, right, helps set up the wine bottles for sale. One bottle per customer, btw, and no drinking it on the premises.
Mushers from last year are all pictured on bottles for purchase by fans.
Okay, okay, not a musher, but the flower bed was looking good.
I got there sorta early, so was able to watch banners being hung and tables and chairs being set out.
Rob Johnson, a virtual friend until today when we finally "officially" met. I know I've met scads of folks in passing but it doesn't always take, so always nice to have an "official" meeting.
Hey, why isn't' my book on the same shelf as Lance's? Yeah, I know. Dumb question.
It was a little short on star-power early on, but Dick Mackey's appearance remedied that fast.
Theresa Daily multi-tasking, showing off her duct tape/blue tarp name tag while playing desk for Dick to sign an autograph for a fan.
Lance was "The Man in Black" for the day.
Tonya, in pink, paying Newton's entry fee.
Lance doing his best imitation of Newton, complete with "Yo, mon", as he turns in Newton's paperwork.
One of the new things the ITC did this year was set up tables for the mushers to sit at and sign autographs, a good idea in my book. Here's Lance before the rush.
GB Jones is back
Karin's leg was sporting an unwanted attachment.
Bonnie Foster has hosted Sebastian at her home for the last few years during Iditarod days as well as the occasional jaunt that takes him through the area.
KTUU does a film interview with Sebastian while Chas looks on.
Dallas and Jen Seavey having lunch. What made Jen's presence all the more impressive is that today was her due date for their first baby! No, no labor pains while the picnic was going on, so they're still waiting.
Not sure what Chas was watching, but moment of inactivity at the sign-up table.
Bonnie Foster with Iditarod 2011 rookie Jodi Bailey, who I also met for the first time in person today! Yipee, made lots of in-person connections today!