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!
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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!
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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!
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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.
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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.”
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