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KNP&P held the First Annual Fat Bear Tuesday Contest on September 30, 2014, a one day event.  In 2015, the Fat Bear Contest grew into a week long event and continued annually until at least 2019 .

How the Fat Bear Tuesday Contest came to be:

On October 4, 2019 during a reddit event Mike Fitz , former KNP&P ranger and current Resident Naturalist with Explore.org provided this information on how the Fat Bear Tuesday Contest came to be:

In response to:  "Who came up with that genius idea (Fat Bear Tuesday Contest)...?

Mike Fitz replied:  "Yours truly and a couple of other rangers came up with the idea in 2014. We were browsing photos of posted by a webcam viewer of bears we see at Brooks River in July and September, and we thought, "wouldn't it be fun if we posted before and after photos and let people choose who they think is the fattest bear?" That idea became our first "Fat Bear Tuesday" which has since been expanded into Fat Bear Week."

Generating the Hype:

September 26, 2014:


KNP&P's September 26, 2014 Facebook post :

"Just four more days to go until Fat Bear Tuesday...are you ready?"

September 27, 2014

KNP&P's September 27, 2014 Facebook post .:

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September 28, 2014

KNP&P's September 28, 2014 Facebook post .:

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September 29, 2014

KNP&P's September 29, 2014 Facebook post. :

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KNP&P's September 29, 2019 18:08 AKDT Facebook post :

"Fat Bear Tuesday starts at 8 AM AKDT. Who will be crowned the fattest of 2014? That'll be for you to decide.

Until then enjoy this peek at one of the contestants, bear 402 ."

Welcome to the First Annual Fat Bear Tuesday!

KNP&P's September 30, 2014 08:00AKDT Facebook post :

"Welcome to the first annual Fat Bear Tuesday!

Who will be crowned the fattest bear of 2014? Throughout the day rangers will post "dueling" pictures of bears commonly seen on the #bearcam. These photos will show the same bear in July and September to illustrate the bears’ relative weight gain during the summer. This is a single elimination tournament to decide which bear is the fattest of them all!

How to Participate: You are voting for the fattest bear. For each set of two bears, vote with your "likes" for the bear you think is the fattest. Likes will be considered final one half hour after the photos are posted. The most liked bear advances. One will be crowned the 2014 Fat Bear Tuesday Champion! The first matchup (284 vs 500) starts in 30 minutes at 8:30 AM AKDT.

#FatBearTuesday #bearcam "

Round 1 September 30, 2014 08:30 AKDT:  284 "Electra" vs 500 Indy

KNP&P's September 30, 2014 08:30 AKDT 284 "Electra" Facebook post vs KNP&P's September 30, 2014 08:30 AKDT 500 Indy Facebook post .:

Round 2 September 30, 2014 09:00 AKDT:  83 Wayne Brother vs 435 Holly's Spring Cub aka: 719

KNP&P's September 30, 2014 09:00 AKDT 83 Wayne Brother Facebook post vs KNP&P's September 30, 2014 09:00 AKDT 435 Holly's Spring Cub aka 719 Facebook post .:

Round 3 September 30, 2014 09:30 AKDT:  32 Chunk vs 814 Lurch 

KNP&P's September 30, 2014 09:30 AKDT 32 Chunk Facebook post vs KNP&P's September 30, 2014 09:30 AKDT 814 Lurch Facebook post .: 

Round 4 September 30, 2014 10:00 AKDT:  854 Divot vs 402

KNP&P's September 30, 2014 10:00 AKDT 854 DIvot Facebook post vs KNP&P's September 30, 2014 10:00 AKDT 402 Facebook post .:

KNP&P's September 30, 2014 10:11 AKDT Contest Progress Update: 

KNP&P's September 30, 2014 10:11 AKDT Facebook post with updated bracket .:

Round 5 September 30, 2014 10:30 AKDT:  284 "Electra" vs 409 Beadnose

KNP&P's September 30, 2014 10:30 AKDT 284 Facebook post vs KNP&P's September 30, 2014 10:30 AKDT 409 Beadnose Facebook post .:

KNP&P's September 30, 2014 10:37 AKDT Contest Progress Update:

KNP&P's September 30, 2014 10:37 AKDT Facebook post with updated bracket .:

Round 6 September 30, 2014 11:00 AKDT:  435 Holly's Spring Cub aka 719 vs 480 Otis   

KNP&P's September 30, 2014 11:00 AKDT 435 Holly's Spring Cub aka 719 Facebook post vs KNP&P's September 30, 2014 11:00 AKDT 480 Otis Facebook post .:

Round 7 September 30, 2014 11:30 AKDT:  32 Chunk vs 747  

KNP&P's September 30, 2014 11:30 AKDT 32 Chunk Facebook post vs KNP&P's September 30, 2014 11:30 747 Facebook post .:

Round 8 September 30, 2014 12:00 AKDT: 402 vs 410

KNP&P's September 30. 2014 12:00 402 Facebook post  vs KNP&P's September 30, 2014 12:00 AKDT 410 Facebook post .: 

KNP&P's September 30, 2014 12:37 AKDT Contest Progress Update:

KNP&P's September 30, 2014 12:37 AKDT Facebook post with updated bracket .:

Round 9 September 30, 2014 14:00 AKDT:  409 Beadnose vs 480 Otis 

KNP&P's September 30, 2014 14:00 AKDT 409 Beadnose Facebook post vs KNP&P's September 30, 2014 14:00 AKDT Facebook post .:

Round 10 September 30, 2014 14:30 AKDT:  32 Chunk vs 410

KNP&P's September 30, 2014 14:30 AKDT 32 Chunk Facebook post vs KNP&P's September 30, 2014 14:30 AKDT 410 Facebook post .: 

KNP&P's September 30, 2014 15:08 AKDT Contest Progress Update:

KNP&P's September 30, 2014 15:08 AKDT Facebook post with updated bracket .:

Round 11 September 30, 2014 15:30 AKDT: 480 Otis vs 410

KNP&P's September 30, 2014 15:30 AKDT 480 Otis Facebook post vs KNP&P's September 30, 2014 15:30 AKDT 410 Facebook post .:

AND THE WINNER IS:  480 Otis:

KNP&P's September 30, 2014 16:37 AKDT 480 Otis Facebook post :

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