Today’s Highlight: Kids’ Day at the Fair, presented by MTA
Imagine if Kids had a day like mothers, fathers and groundhogs do…Well today MTA is making that possible! Children 12 and under are getting into the fair free and can participate in a range of activities.
☺ Kids’ Day Activities- Presented by Mat-Su valley Frontiersman from 2:00- 6:00 pm
The AlaskaDispatch.com Borealis Plaza
Tent will be filled with activities for
children. Join in on the monster mural
coloring, play dough fun, and visit with
☺ Diaper Derby and Toddler Trot
Presented by Combs Insurance Agency, Inc.
From 1:00 pm- 2:30 pm expect to see the
Pebble Corral filled with infants in
diapers racing on all fours and toddlers
trotting to the finish line. Have fun with
the parents and other adults cheering on
the little ones!
☺ Kids’ Day Games- Presented by MTA
will be held from 3:00 pm -5:30 pm
Children 12 and under will join in on
this fun in the Providence Corral.
Watch as they have a blast in the
3-legged race, straw scramble,
egg-in-a-spoon, frog jump, pie-eating
contest, potato sack race, and
☺ Cookies, Cookies, Cookies!
Decorate a cookie in the Hoskins Exhibits
from 2:30 pm- 4:00 pm
Also stick around for the C&H Sugar “Just for Kids” Cookie contest from 4:00 pm – 6:45 pm with judging at 7:00 pm.
Birdman of Las Vegas- Presented by Horizon Lines of Alaska
Pebble Coral, Daily 12:30, 2:30, 5:30 and 7:00 pm
Martin Buser and his puppies
Pioneer Plaza at the MTA booth, 3-6:00 pm
Demolition Derby- Presented by Anchorage Press, Kendall Toyota Grandstand, 6:00pm
Kendall Toyota Grandstand, 6:00 pm
Collective Soul- Presented by Mix 103.1
AT&T Borealis Theatre 7:00 pm
In the sky, 10:00 pm
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Alaska State Fair Parade
Downtown Palmer, 11:00 am
Roller Derby- Rage City Roller Girls vs., Fairbanks Roller Girls
Kendall Toyota Grandstand, 4:00 pm
Greatland Chili Fiesta
Plaza Tent, 10- 4:00 pm
Parent Child Look-Alike Contest
Heineken Woodlot Stage, 4:00-6:00 pm
Lonestar- Presented by 107.5 KASH
AT&T Borealis Theatre, 6:30pm
Denali Cooks- Rockin’ Alaska for 20 years
Sluicebox, 9:00 pm
Rodeo Dance- Featuring the Ken Peltier band
Plaza Tent, 9:00 pm – Midnight
The wait is over! The 2010 Alaska State Fair is finally here! Earlier this week, we blogged about what you need to know before you go. Today, we’ll fill you in on last-minute tips for making the most of your Fair experience once you get here!
Imagine if…you were giving advice to a first-time fairgoer. What tips and tricks would you share for a perfect day at the Fair? Comment here or share your thoughts on our Facebook page.Learn More
It’s almost here! The 2010 Alaska State Fair is just two days away! To help you get ready for the big day, we’ve put together some tips. Here’s what you need to know before you go:
Imagine if…you are planning your perfect day at the 2010 Fair. When are you planning to go and what are you going to do when you get here? Comment here or share your thoughts on our Facebook page.Learn More
How will you remember the 2010 Alaska State Fair? How about with a 2010 Fair souvenir? From clothing to collectibles, we have lots of fun souvenirs to commemorate your time at this year’s Fair. Plus, there are two easy ways to buy this year – at our online store or at our souvenir booths on the fairgrounds!
We’re excited to offer some fun, new things this year, like:
And, of course, we have all the souvenir must-haves, like mugs, buttons, pins, posters, magnets and more.
There are two easy ways to get your hands on the 2010 Fair souvenirs:
Imagine if…you could have absolutely anything as a Fair souvenir. What is the one thing you would take home to remember the 2010 Fair? Comment here or share your thoughts on our Facebook page.Learn More
Heading to the Alaska State Fair this year? Grab your camera, phone or video camera and take your best shot at winning the Fair’s photo/video contest!
What’s the contest all about? It’s easy – just take lots of photos or video during your day at the Fair, and then upload the BEST OF THE BEST to our Facebook page between August 26 –September 7. Our staff will pick their favorites on September 1 and again on September 7 (and maybe even more often if we can find time during the busy Fair!).
What can you win? Nothing less than the exclusive, much-sought-after 2010 AT&T Borealis Concert Series t-shirt! As we like to say, “You can’t buy love … and you can’t buy this t-shirt!” Depending on how awesome your photos and videos are, we may even award some other cool prizes, too, so keep those entries coming!
So what kinds of things are photo/video-worthy? We’ll leave that up to your imagination! Think funny animal interactions … messiest Fair foods … craziest carnival rides … the sky is the limit!
Thinking of entering? Here’s some important stuff you need to know:
Imagine if…you were entering the Fair photo/video contest. Where would you head first for the best footage? Comment here or share your thoughts on our Facebook page.Learn More
Want the inside scoop on the 2010 Alaska State Fair? Want cool stuff you can’t get anywhere else? Have a burning question about the Fair that needs to be answered? Then you have to meet the members of the Fair street team!
What’s a street team, you ask? It’s a group of cool folks who you’ll see around town before the Fair and around the grounds during the Fair. They’ll be talking up the Fair, giving away fun schwag, answering questions, asking YOU questions, taking photos and video, and just generally getting people excited about the 2010 Fair.
Without further adieu, let us introduce you to the 2010 Fair street team!
Since moving to Alaska five years ago, this Arizona native has been working at the Fair, substitute teaching – and acting! Right now, he’s involved with Valley Performing Arts, but his ultimate goal is to move to California and make it big in the movies. What does Logun love about the Fair? “All the rides and huge vegetables. You can always count on the vendors to have your favorite foods and trinkets.”
Kaela is Alaska Grown and a self-described rough-tough-girly-girl. “What Alaska girl doesn’t know how to chop wood and look good in a dress?” she asks. When she’s not doing that, Kaela is a full-time, Dean’s List student at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA), an active member and officer in Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority, and a newlywed! Her favorite part of the Fair? “The food! All diets are off!”
Growing up in Palmer, Kristy has enjoyed the Alaska State Fair her entire life. At the top of her list are the elephant ears and the carnival rides. This year, she’s also looking forward to taking her 8 month old to the Fair for the first time. Kristy loves photography, painting, camping, road-trips – and especially her husband, who is in the U.S. Navy and currently stationed in Bangor, Wash.
While from Alaska, Steven has been “on the road traveling” for the past 11 years. He’s back in Alaska for summer work – and to play! Steven says he loves being active and enjoys airsoft, paintball, running, BMX biking, playing the trumpet, fishing and “just about every sport out there.” He likes the Fair because “there are so many people there….and everybody’s there to have fun and you can be yourself.”
With her international studies and French degrees in hand, this recent UAA grad is ready to take on the world. Brigette just started working as a sales rep with Odom Distributors. While in school, she was very involved with student activities, including Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority. The best thing about the Fair? “Getting to see people I haven’t seen all summer. I also love having girl day/nights out there!”
Josh is a “21-year-old dude with a ton of kid left in him.” He enjoys all outdoor activities, including downhill mountain biking, fishing and four-wheeling, plus “heavy hittin’ music and working out.” When it comes to the Fair, Josh loves “the cheerful environment, people laughing, having a good time, letting their worries fade. It’s just an amazing place to let loose and go kick it.”
So where can you find the members of our street team? Look for them at:
Imagine if…you were planning the street team’s schedule. Where would you send our street team to promote the Fair? Comment here or share your thoughts on our Facebook page.Learn More
If you wander by the Craftsman House and don’t see the Wine Bar this year, don’t despair. The popular Fair Wine Bar and Art House has moved to a new location in the Colony Theatre, located near the Red Gate.
Although in a new place, they’ll still be pouring a selection of fine wines to fairgoers 21+, as well as serving tasty light fare. And you can still browse the displays of work by local artists. And speaking of local artists, Sharon Allen, the official Fair poster artist, will hold poster signings at the Wine Bar on Saturday, August 28 and Friday, September 3 from 1 – 4 p.m.
The Fair poster, based on the 2010 theme “Imagine If…,” goes on sale on the Fair Web site on August 12. It will also be available for purchase during the Fair at the Fair souvenir booths, and at the poster signings. Posters are $10 each. Check out the poster design in one of our previous blog articles.
The Wine Bar is also the place to be for live music this year! Artists such as Midnight Starlight, Alaska Songwriters Circle, Icy Grooves and Larry Zarella perform at the Wine Bar throughout the Fair. Pick up a daily schedule when you arrive at the fairgrounds for all the details.
Wine not your style? Fairgoers 21+ can head to the Sluicebox or the Oasis Beer Garden for a wide selection of tall, cold brews, including this year’s official Fair beer – Cream of the Coop, a delicious cream ale from Kassik’s Kenai Brew Stop!
And you can expect faster service than ever in the Sluicebox. With a brand new system, the Sluicebox will now have 20 taps – twice as many as in previous years. “We are doubling up on them in order to have much faster service,” says Sheri Musgrave, our beverage manager. “The best part is getting your beer faster!”
Imagine if…you were picking a place to enjoy a beverage at the Fair. What’s your favorite place to sit back and relax at the Fair? Comment here or share your thoughts on our Facebook page.Learn More
“This exhibit needs to be here every year.” “We loved it.” “Please bring it back.” These are just some of the things you said about the Creation Station last year – and we listened. So, back by popular demand to the 2010 Alaska State Fair is Brad’s World Reptiles, with a brand new exhibit – Wild and Dangerous Desert!
This year, the Creation Station will be transformed into a completely new environment – a Wild and Dangerous Desert, featuring sand, cactus and other desert-themed landscaping, not to mention all of the desert creatures.
Here are some of the things you can expect at this fun, interactive, hands-on exhibit (which, as always, is FREE with Fair admission!):
Wild and Dangerous Desert is open every day of the Fair, so make sure it’s part of your visit this year! Check out our Web site for more details.
Imagine if…you could get up close and personal with any of the Wild and Dangerous Desert creatures. Which creature would you choose – or which one would make you run the other way? Comment here or share your thoughts on our Facebook page.Learn More
Trains…buses…cars…trucks…motorcycles…RVs. There are tons of ways to get to the 2010 Alaska State Fair! Here’s the need-to-know info that will make your trip to the Fair fast and easy:
Imagine if…you were planning your trip to the Fair. What’s the most creative way you can imagine arriving at the Fair? Comment here or share your thoughts on our Facebook page.Learn More