Imagine if…chickens could hula hoop. Imagine if…clouds turned into cotton candy. Imagine if…moose rode merry-go-rounds. Imagine if…farm animals became famous rock stars. Palmer artist Sharon Allen imagined just that – and brought her imagination to life in the Alaska State Fair’s 2010 poster.
Poster Unveiled Today…
The poster, which focuses on our 2010 theme “Imagine if…,” was officially unveiled today. Watch for them at various locations throughout Anchorage and the Valley. Want one of your own? Keep an eye on our Web site for forthcoming details on poster purchasing opportunities, as well as information on poster signings with the artist!
Sharon’s artwork, which was created using watercolor and acrylic, was also used as the foundation for our 2010 logo and various collateral materials, including our 2010 Web site (watch for the launch of the new site on July 11!).
Enter Our Imagine If Contest!
In the 2010 poster, it’s clear that Sharon let her imagination run wild. And now we invite you to do the same in our “Imagine if Contest!” It’s simple – just dream up the zaniest, most fun, most creative way to finish the phrase “Imagine if…” Post your phrase on our Facebook wall by July 19 at midnight Alaska daylight time.
We’ll choose the top five phrases, and the winners will be announced by July 22. If you win, you’ll receive a one-of-a-kind t-shirt featuring your phrase. Plus, we may use your winning words throughout the 2010 Fair!
Imagine if…anything could happen at the Fair. How would you complete the phrase “Imagine if…”? Enter our “Imagine if Contest” by sharing your thoughts on our Facebook page!Learn More
What would the 2010 Alaska State Fair be without the events you love? While we’re planning tons of new stuff for the 2010 Fair (stay tuned!), we’re also bringing back many of the tried-and-true events from year’s past! Here are just a few of the “old favorites” you can look forward to at the 2010 Fair:
This is only a small snapshot of what’s to come at the 2010 Fair. Watch the Fair Web site for more info on these events – plus all the great new events at this year’s Fair! Or get all the details as soon as they’re available by signing up to receive Fair updates via e-mail or your mobile phone!
Imagine if…you could go back in time. What favorite Fair moment, memory or event would you re-visit? Comment here or share your thoughts on our Facebook page.Learn More
It’s official – YOU LOVE FOOD at the Alaska State Fair. Well, we have good news! You have even more to look forward to this year with the addition of three new food booths at the 2010 Fair! Joining this year’s mouthwatering menus are:
In addition to the new booths, there have also been a few changes to the old favorites. You can now find kettle corn at the Alaska Corn Company. Fried chicken and wings at Big Dipper Concessions. And chocolate-covered bacon at the Original Ice Cream Bars booth. Looking for Strictly Strawberries? They’re now called Harkey Concessions, and offer an expanded menu with gourmet hamburgers and chipstix.
All total, there will be nearly 70 food vendors at the 2010 Fair – check them out and plan your Fair meal with the Fair food guide, now available online!
Imagine if…you could eat anything you wanted at the 2010 Fair. What would your Fair menu include? Comment here or share your thoughts on our Facebook page.Learn More
Need to buy some heavy equipment? Want to sell something you already have? Or maybe you’re just interested in seeing what a live auction is all about? Then be sure to check out the Ritchie Bros. equipment auction at the Alaska State Fair!
When: Saturday, June 26
9 a.m. until the last item is sold!
Where: Red Lot at the fairgrounds
There’s plenty of equipment on-site already! Potential buyers and tire-kickers alike are welcome to visit and see what will be on the auction block. Right now, the yard is open from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. As the auction draws closer, it’ll be open longer hours seven days a week.
“We encourage people to come inspect the equipment and check out what we have. Start it up, test the functions, bring in a mechanic,” says Kevin Bennett, who is managing the auction.
So what’s for sale?
Currently, there’s nearly 500 “lots” – or individual items – for sale, including excavators, bulldozers, loaders, a passenger bus, light tower, sign board, tractor, grader, boom truck, utility and flatbed trucks, compactor, drum roller … and the list goes on! A full list and details on each item can be found on the Ritchie Bros. Web site.
Have something to sell?
The equipment being sold has been brought in by folks from around Alaska – Homer, Soldotna, Anchorage, the Valley, Prudhoe Bay, Naknek, Fairbanks, just to name a few. And Kevin says they’re still accepting equipment for the auction. Interested sellers should contact him at 907.223.4148.
Want to bid?
The auction day is sure to be exciting and fast-paced, with an average of one sale every minute! Bidders can bid either in-person or online, and Kevin says he expects 500 to 1,000 bidders on-site and 1,500 to 2,000 online. In addition to Alaskans, he says people will travel from around the world to attend the sale.
Ritchie Bros. is the world’s largest auctioneer of used and unused equipment, and is known for being open, transparent and fair – no minimum bids, no reserve prices and everything sells on sale day to the highest bidder.
Imagine if…you were at the Ritchie Bros. equipment auction. What would you bid on or be trying to sell? Comment here or share your thoughts on our Facebook page.Learn More
Lonestar, with special guest Reckless Kelly, is coming to the Alaska State Fair! We’re excited to announce the multi-platinum, country/pop superstars as the 12th and final act in the AT&T Borealis Concert Series at the 2010 Fair. The groups perform Saturday, August 28 starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Borealis Theatre.
Tickets are $45 reserved and $30 general admission. Fair members may purchase tickets in advance of the general public, from Friday, June 11 through Thursday, June 17. Concert tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, June 18.
There are three easy ways to buy tickets:
Lonestar, known both for their strong country roots and their success on the pop/rock charts, is perhaps most famous for their 1999 song “Amazed,” which reached No. 1 on both the country charts and the Billboard Hot 100. Other No. 1 hits include “I’m Already There,” “My Front Porch Looking In,” “Smile,” “What About Now” and “Tell Her.”
The band appears with special guest Reckless Kelly, alternative country rockers who have been churning out boot-stompin’, Americana rock ‘n roll since their debut in 1997.
Imagine if…you could make the playlist for Lonestar’s concert. Which songs would you have them play? Comment here or share your thoughts on our Facebook page.Learn More
Looking for answers
To find some answers to these – and other – questions, we recently worked with the McDowell Group to complete a phone survey of randomly selected households in Anchorage and the Mat-Su Valley. You can read the full survey report on our Web site. Here are some of the findings that were most interesting – or surprising – to us:
So what’s next?
As Dean Phipps, our marketing director, says, “We’re always trying to find ways to create a Fair that makes people’s experience better. With this survey, people are telling us what they want. Now, we’ll try to make changes that deliver what they want.”
For example, food is one of the most important things to fairgoers – and we added three new food booths this year. Want more value and simpler ticketing options? Check out our good-any-day six-pack of discounted Fair admissions. Parking a concern? We revamped our traffic and parking plan last year, and are always refining and improving it.
Starting the conversation
From our point of view, the phone survey is just the beginning of finding out what fairgoers are thinking and feeling.
“The survey gives us information, but also raises more questions and gives us ideas of conversations to start,” Dean says. “I invite people to read the survey and comment on how we’re doing and what’s important to them. We’re listening.”
Imagine if…you were responding to the survey. What do you like about the Fair? What’s important to you? What could we do different or better? Comment here or share your thoughts on our Facebook page.Learn More
Know a great Alaska farming family that deserves to be recognized? Nominate them for the 2010 Alaska State Fair Farm Family of the Year award! Nominations are being accepted now through Wednesday, June 30, 2010.
The award was established in 2000 to honor an Alaska farming family and show appreciation for all the hardworking Alaskans committed to agriculture and aquaculture in our state. This year, we’re proud to present the 11th annual award, in partnership with the Alaska Division of Agriculture and Matanuska Valley Federal Credit Union.
Want to nominate a family? First, tell us about their:
Then, just submit your nomination by June 30, 2010! Nominations may be:
We’ll present the award at the Fair on Governor’s Day, held August 26, 2010.
Want to learn more? Check out the official press release from the Division of Agriculture. Or read about last year’s Farm Family of the Year – the Oberg-Kenley family of Palmer!
Imagine if…you were to nominate someone for the 2010 Farm Family of the Year. Who would you nominate and why? Comment here or share your thoughts on our Facebook page.Learn More
Want to join the ranks of the giant cabbage-growing greats at the Alaska State Fair? Then it’s time to get those greens in the ground – and get your application submitted for the 15th annual Giant Cabbage Weigh-Off at the 2010 Fair! The registration deadline is Friday, August 20 at 4:30 p.m.
This year’s contest…
The 2010 contest, presented by the Division of Agriculture and the Fair, takes place Friday, September 3 at 6 p.m. in Farm Exhibits. The winners take home bragging rights – and their share of more than $4,000 in cash prizes. There’s even a competition for young gardeners – the Max Sherrod Junior Cabbage Grower’s Award.
The competition will be fierce…
…as growers go up against the likes of Gene Dinkel, who won the contest in 1999 with a 91.6-pounder; Seth Dinkel, who took the 2001 title with his 92.5-pound entry; and Barb Everingham, who broke the 100-pound mark with her 105.6-pound cabbage in 2000. And then, of course, there’s Steve Hubacek. At last year’s weigh-off, Steve not only won the contest – his 127-pound cabbage set a new world record!
To help growers get off to a good start…
…We asked long-time Mat-Su Valley farmer Bob Thom to share some tips for growing giant cabbage:
So what’s the difference between growing a regular cabbage – and a giant cabbage? According to Bob, it comes down to the variety.
“Giant cabbages come from longer season varieties, like you’d see growing in places like Oregon. But when you grow them up here, they get bigger. That’s because down there, they sleep at night. Up here, they don’t. They grow 24 hours a day,” he says.
The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service has some great general tips on growing vegetables, including cabbage, in Alaska. Check out their Web site for info on finding a good garden site, picking your tools, preparing to plant, and after-planting care. And then get growing for the 15th annual Giant Cabbage Weigh-Off!
Imagine if…you were entering the giant cabbage weigh-off. What growing tricks would you use to get the biggest cabbage? Comment here or share your thoughts on our Facebook page.Learn More
Win Free Concert Tickets
There are also several ways to win free concert tickets!
Know Before You Go
Here are some other helpful tips about this year’s concert series:
Imagine if…you could meet any of the performers featured in this year’s concert series. Who would you choose? Comment here or share your thoughts on our Facebook page.Learn More