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It’s Fat Bear Week – Here’s How You Can Weigh In With Your Vote

It’s Fat Bear Week – Here’s How You Can Weigh In With Your Vote

It’s Fat Bear Week – Here’s How You Can Weigh In With Your Vote

These furry brown buddies are at peak fat, and now it’s time to honor the best.

Fat Bear Week, the annual gathering of fans around the world to recognize and honor true greatness in the wilds of Alaska, is back with a full week of exciting activities.

This single-elimination tournament allows voters to pick the best of the fattest amongst 12 ursine heavyweights who live in Katmai National Park. Voting is held each day starting on Wednesday with the winners advancing to their next match the following day. Brackets will be revealed today at 7 p.m. (eastern) on Explore.Org’s Brook’s Live Chat channel. Final voting takes place on Fat Bear Tuesday, October 10.

Last year’s champion, Otis, will return to defend his title.

Fat Bear Week returns after a voting scandal rocked last year’s tournament.

“A Fat Bear Week scandal for the ages,” Explore.org declared on x-tweeted last year.

While Fat Bear Week ostensibly honors fat bears, not always the fattest with fans sometimes voting with their hearts.

You can download brackets, watch video profiles of the contestants, and watch live cams of the bears fishing at Brooks River in Katmai National Park in Alaska at www.explore.org.

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Donald Padgett

Managing Editor at OutTraveler. Also write for Out, The Advocate, and Plus magazines.

Managing Editor at OutTraveler. Also write for Out, The Advocate, and Plus magazines.