Alaskans, start tuning up your musical instruments … warming up those vocal cords … perfecting those dance moves … or practicing whatever other amazing talent you may have. The registration deadline for the 3rd Annual Alaska’s Got Talent competition at the Alaska State Fair is coming up on Friday, August 20! Registration is limited to the first 20 people, so don’t delay!
In addition to bragging rights, this year’s Alaska’s Got Talent winners also get to take home big prizes – $5,000 for the first place winner, $1,000 for second place, and $500 for third place!
In case you’ve missed the fun in years past, Alaska’s Got Talent is a live talent competition patterned after the popular NBC TV show, America’s Got Talent. (Did we mention that America’s Got Talent judge Howie Mandel is performing at the Fair as part of the 2010 AT&T Borealis Concert Series?)
Interested in entering the competition? Here are some things you need to know:
Not feeling talented? You can still come and cheer on your favorite contestant!
Imagine if…you were entering the Alaska’s Got Talent competition. What talent would you show off? Comment here or share your thoughts on our Facebook page.Learn More
New. Exciting. Interesting. You’ll find all of this at the 2010 Alaska State Fair, with our jam-packed line-up of new events and attractions! Here are some of our favorite new additions to the Fair schedule this year:
For more information, visit our Web site and look for the Fair program coming out in August. Then, when you get to the Fairgrounds, be sure to pick up a daily schedule as you come in the gates!
Imagine if…you could only check out one new thing at the 2010 Fair. What new event or attraction would you choose? Comment here or share your thoughts on our Facebook page.Learn More
More than 100 people entered the Alaska State Fair “Imagine if Contest” by submitting the zaniest, most fun, most creative way to finish the phrase “Imagine if…” on our Facebook page. We had a tough time selecting from all the great entries, but finally narrowed it down to our top five. And the winners are…
Our winners will receive a one-of-a-kind t-shirt featuring their phrase (we’ll post a mock-up of the t-shirt our Facebook page as soon as it’s ready). Plus, we may use their winning words throughout the 2010 Fair!
Congratulations again to our winners, and thank you to everyone else who submitted “Imagine if” phrases!
Imagine if … you could get your very own “Imagine if” t-shirt. Which winning phrase would you want on your t-shirt and why? Comment here or share your thoughts on our Facebook page!Learn More
Buying Alaska State Fair admission and concert tickets is easier than ever. In fact, they may already be in your pocket! Well, sort of. With the new iPhone app from ETIX, iPhone owners can buy Fair admission and concert tickets online, download the tickets to their iPhone, and simply scan the tickets at the Fair gate and concert entrance to get in! How easy is that?
Plus, the ETIX app is free. Just go to the App Store, search for ETIX and download to your iPhone!
There are a couple of cool things about the ETIX app – check it out:
Don’t have an iPhone? You can also buy concert tickets and Fair admission online and print at home. Just visit the Fair Web site. And, of course, you can purchase concert tickets at the Fair box office during the Fair.
And while it’s not available yet, there are plans to expand the app to work with other smart phones in the future. We’ll keep you posted.
Imagine if…you had the ETIX app. Where’s the zaniest place you might be while purchasing tickets with your phone? Comment here or share your thoughts on our Facebook page.Learn More
For the very first time, there will be an official beer at the Alaska State Fair this year! After a taste-off between two beers last week, we decided on a delicious cream ale from Kassik’s Kenai Brew Stop. The brew will be flowing at the Oasis Beer Garden and the Sluicebox for the duration of the 2010 Fair. We’re working on a name and label design now – stay tuned for updates!
Why have an official Fair brew? According to Sheri Musgrave, our beverage manager, the goal was to promote both the Fair and Alaska-made products, and recognize our hard-working local breweries.
So how did we choose Kassik’s from all the great Alaska breweries? There were a couple of deciding factors. First, Kassik’s was one of the People’s Choice award winners two years running at our popular Mighty Matanuska Brewfest. They’re also an Alaska brewery. And they were able to brew the quantities we require for our thirsty fairgoers. “That immediately put them at the forefront,” Sheri says. “Plus, we loved the beer!”
After we selected the brewer, we had to choose between two great Kassik’s brews – a blonde and the cream ale. A group of lucky Fair staff members gathered for a taste-off last week and, at the end of the day, the cream ale came out the winner. Check out a short video of the taste-off on YouTube (a big thanks to Brian Mead for creating the video!).
“Both beers tasted great, but blondes are very popular to brew. We were afraid it would be lost. The cream ale is more unique. It will be the only cream ale at the Fair,” Sheri says.
In fact, the beer is one of the only Alaska-brewed cream ales in the state! And it’s so exclusive, it’s currently only available at Buckets Sports Grill in Soldotna. According to Debbie Kassik, owner of Kassik’s, since introducing the beer in 2008, they’ve made 10 batches for Buckets, which equates to 1,550 gallons or 12,400 pints!
So what makes the cream ale so special? Officially, the beer is light golden in color, with low malt, a hop aroma, and a slightly sweet malt and corn flavor. Some of our taster comments included “smooth,” “good bubble,” “clean finish,” “beautiful color,” “no hoppy aftertaste” and “good balance.”
“It’s a great thirst-quencher on a summer day while enjoying the many events the Fair has to offer,” Debbie says.
If you really enjoy the cream ale at this year’s Fair, be sure to check out Kassik’s spiced cream ale at the 2010 Mighty Matanuska Brewfest, which will be held Friday and Saturday, October 15 – 16 at Raven Hall on the fairgrounds.
Brewers and beer-lovers alike will definitely want to be at this year’s Brewfest, as attendees will be able to weigh in on the selection of the 2011 official Fair beer and brewer! “We’ll definitely be continuing the official beer next year,” Sheri says. “We’ll see what works this year, what doesn’t and what we can do better next year.”
Imagine if…you were in charge of selecting the official Fair beer. What beer would you choose and why? Comment here or share your thoughts on our Facebook page.Learn More
Hey, are you an Alaska high school or college student? Want to win some cold hard cash (up to $1,000 bucks!) PLUS season admission, a parking pass, two concert tickets, meal chits and more from the Alaska State Fair? Then you don’t want to miss out on this – the Alaska State Fair Youth Spirit Contest is now open to ALL Alaska high school and college students aged 16 – 21, and we’ve extended the application deadline to Friday, July 23!
Are you a good contender for the contest? Take our quick quiz to find out:
If you answered “YES,” then this is the contest for you. Our selected youth spirit representatives will get to work behind the scenes at some cool events like concerts, Grandstand events, Kids Day activities, Homesteader Games, Karaoke Contest, Parent/Child Lookalike Contest, and attractions like the Cavallo equestrian extravaganza, Wild and Dangerous Desert exhibit, and the Birdman of Las Vegas show! (And don’t worry, we’re talking about doing fun stuff…not just taking tickets.)
Whatever your interest – and whatever your schedule – we’ll work with you to put together a fun and flexible experience at the Fair. It’s a win-win for everyone…we get a few extra hands to help with events, and you get some experience, cash and other prizes out of the deal. So…whaddya say? You in? Submit your application today!
Imagine if…you won the Youth Spirit Contest. What are some of the events you’d like to learn about and help with at the 2010 Fair? Comment here or share your thoughts on our Facebook page.Learn More
Your time at the Alaska State Fair should be big on fun – and big on savings! There are tons of ways to save at the 2010 Fair – check it out!
Just so you know…when it comes to Fair admission, youth are ages 6 – 12, adults are 13 – 64, and seniors are 65+.
Imagine if…you saved big at the Fair. How would you spend your extra dollars – a show, a souvenir, an extra helping of Fair food? Comment here or share your thoughts on our Facebook page.Learn More
Thousands of you entered to win two free tickets to the concert of your choice at the 2010 Alaska State Fair…and the lucky winner is Tami Foster of Anchorage!
There were three easy ways to enter – by becoming a Fair Facebook fan or signing up to receive mobile or e-mail updates from the Fair – and we chose the winner in a random drawing on June 30.
“I am super excited! I never win anything, much less tickets to my favorite band!” Tami said. “They are an amazing band and I didn’t think I would get to have the opportunity to see them in Alaska. Brent Smith, the lead singer, can sing me the phone book and that guy would rock!”
Tami already had tickets to attend the concert with two of her friends, but after winning the two free tickets, she can also take her son and his best friend. “I didn’t think they would be able to join me and now they can,” she said.
A lifelong Alaskan, Tami has been going to the Fair for more than 30 years. Her favorite thing about the Fair is all the great food, and her best Fair memory was taking her son to the Fair for the first time when he was 2 years old.
“It was wonderful to see his face light up at all the people and entertainment,” she said.
What is Tami most looking forward to at the Fair this year? “Seeing Shinedown…they really are pretty fantastic!”
While this contest is all wrapped up, be sure to keep your eye out for other great ways to win, like with our “Imagine if Contest!” Check out our recent blog post for all the details.
Imagine if…the gates to the 2010 Fair had just opened. What’s the first thing you would do at this year’s Fair? Comment here or share your thoughts on our Facebook page.Learn More
Sure, the Alaska State Fair is a lot of fun – but did you know it’s also educational? With all the exhibits, attractions, activities, events and vendors, there are plenty of opportunities to learn at the Fair – all while having a great time!
Here are some ways that fairgoers of all ages can mix fun with learning at the Fair:
Watch our Web site for more information on these and other exciting educational opportunities at the 2010 Fair. The new site launches July 11!
Imagine if…you could become an expert about anything at the 2010 Fair. What would you choose to learn about? Comment here or share your thoughts on our Facebook page.Learn More