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No.: 13-2515
Contact: Jeremy Woodrow, 907-465-8994,

AMHS Announces Community Events in Whittier and Valdez

(JUNEAU, Alaska) –The Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) today announced that the M/V Aurora will participate in community events at the Prince William Sound communities of Whittier and Valdez as part of the AMHS 50th Anniversary celebration.

On Friday, August 16 from 12:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. the M/V Aurora will be in Whittier to celebrate the Alaska Marine Highway with a seafood barbeque at the ferry terminal. While in Whittier, celebration attendees will be welcomed by a host of activities including public tours of the vessel along with attractions around town such as the Halibut in the Harbor display and the Prince William Sound Museum.

The M/V Aurora will then sail for Valdez Friday evening where it will be in port for an all-day celebration Saturday, August 17. The community event in Valdez kicks off at 10 a.m. with tours of the ship and activities for children. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. the City of Valdez has planned a fish fry for all to enjoy and at noon the Richardson Highway Rendezvous Music Festival will continue the party at the Valdez Kelsey Dock with a diverse line-up of local and statewide bands.

To learn more about these community events and other events planned for the AMHS 50th Anniversary, please visit AMHS online at

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities oversees 255 airports, 11 ferries serving 35 communities, 5,619 miles of highway and 720 public facilities throughout the state of Alaska. The mission of the department is to “Get Alaska Moving through service and infrastructure.”

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