The Fur Rendezvous is a winter festival that takes place annually in late February in Anchorage. The festival was founded in 1935 by Vern Johnson to coincide with the time when fur trappers came to town to sell their furs. The festival was canceled during World War II but resumed in 1946. The Miner's and Trapper's Ball became part of the Fur Rendezvous in 1950. It is a themed charity ball with all proceeds from tickets going to local charities. The event features a costume contest and the Mr. Fur Face beard competition.