Hundreds of holiday revelers gathered at the Alaska State Fair for our annual Holiday Ball, held in the beautifully transformed Raven Hall on December 10. In addition to enjoying hors d’oeuvres, dessert, no host bar, live music and dancing, attendees also supported the Mat-Su Special Santa Program by bringing a toy, making a cash donation, or by purchasing a raffle ticket or bidding on a tree in the Festival of Trees.
The Holiday Ball wasn’t the only event held at the Fair this season – four other organizations held holiday gatherings at the festive fairgrounds, drawing well over 1,000 guests total! Interested in hosting your next event at the Fair? Contact us at 907-745-4827 or email@example.com!Learn More
Who knew having fun at the Alaska State Fair could create so much trash? Each year, tons and tons of garbage is created by fairgoers, vendors and Fair staff. But each year, through the Fair’s recycling program, tons of that trash is collected and recycled, minimizing the amount that goes to the landfill and maximizing environmental benefits!
The recycling program, which is sponsored by BP, is a partnership between the Fair and Valley Community for Recycling Solutions (VCRS). At the 2010 Fair, volunteers collected 37,176 pounds – or 18.58 tons – of recyclable material, including plastic, glass, mixed paper, aluminum, cardboard, plastic film and steel cans.
The recycling effort is led by husband and wife team David Pelto and Judith Anderegg, who have been involved in the Fair program for the past seven years. Looking back over their seven-year involvement, David says the biggest change he’s seen is the growth in positive support from fairgoers.
“The rolled-up diaper dumped into a recycling barrel is now a rarity and has been replaced with perhaps a 30 to 40 percent increase in the volume of plastic and aluminum that is placed correctly into our receptacles,” he says.
David says Fair vendors have also gotten on board – virtually all vendors now participate in the recycling program, and many reuse their packaging, eliminating the need for recycling or disposal completely.
“As a result, clean-up the four days after the Fair has become easier and much less daunting,” David says.
Much of the recycling program’s success hinges on dedicated volunteers. In 2010, more than 220 volunteers pitched in over the course of the Fair, with eight to 12 people helping out during each shift. David gave a special call-out to the Colony High School ROTC members, who spent their weekends and Labor Day volunteering at the Fair.
Looking to the future, the Fair will continue its close partnership with VCRS, and will be seeking even more ways to make the Fair earth-friendly. David says they’re also looking forward to using VCRS’ new recycling facility next summer, which will help the Fair recycling program be even more efficient.
Trash isn’t the only thing that’s recycled at the Fair. At the end of the 2010 Fair, we also donated the leftover giant vegetables to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, where the animals enjoyed a smorgasbord of giant cabbages, zucchinis, turnips, radishes and gourds. Read more about this new partnership on the KTUU Web site.
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