Want four fun reasons to mark your calendar for the Alaska State Fair annual membership meeting? How about an ice cream social … a jousting knight … door prizes … and advance concert tickets! Not to mention the election of three members to the Fair’s board of directors. It all happens at the Fair annual meeting on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7 p.m. at Raven Hall on the fairgrounds!
The marquee event will, of course, be the board election. Fair members will vote to elect three members to the Fair’s board of directors. A total of six candidates, including three incumbents, will appear on the ballot. Candidates include (in alphabetic order):
The general public is welcome to attend the meeting, although only Fair annual and lifetime members who joined by 4:30 p.m. on December 16, 2013 are eligible to vote in the board election. Learn more about Fair membership on our website.
At the annual meeting, we will also be announcing the entertainers confirmed so far for this year’s AT&T Concert Series, and Fair members will be able to reserve special advance concert tickets.
Speaking of entertainers, annual meeting attendees will get a sneak peek of one of our 2014 Fair-time acts – the Knights of Valour, an exciting jousting and medieval show complete with horsemanship, bravery and chivalry. Founder Shane Adams, also known as Sir Shanton of Falcon’s Hill, will be at the annual meeting in costume for a meet and greet, photos and maybe even a little jousting!
To sweeten the deal even more, we’ll have an ice cream social with lots of different flavors and plenty of fixings! And everyone at the meeting will have a chance to win door prizes, including:
There will be three Board seats, each with a three-year term, up for election; the incumbents are Carol Kenley, Danny Consenstein and Kristy Bernier. The Fair general membership will vote to fill the seats at the annual membership meeting on Thursday, February 13, 2014. The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. at Raven Hall on the fairgrounds.
“We are seeking individuals who can envision this traditional Fair as a great gathering place for all Alaskans by encompassing the past, present and future – individuals who can make the full commitment of time and self discipline it takes to set policy and direction,” said John Harkey, Fair Board President.
Interested Board candidates should complete the Candidate Profile and Conflict of Interest forms, which are available by following the link on the Fair home page at alaskastatefair.org. Completed materials should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mailed or delivered to Alaska State Fair, Attention: Jerry Baker, 2075 Glenn Highway, Palmer, Alaska 99645.
Qualified candidates must be Alaska residents, at least 18 years old, and be current members of the Alaska State Fair, Inc. Interested applicants can learn more about membership and become a member at alaskastatefair.org.
Prior to applying, candidates should review and be familiar with the Fair’s Mission Statement, Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws, Board Policy Manual, Code of Conduct, and Director’s Responsibilities. These items are also available at alaskastatefair.org.
The seven-member Board of Directors is responsible for setting policy for the Alaska State Fair, a private, nonprofit, 501(c)3 corporation. Current Directors include John Harkey, President; Carol Kenley, Vice President; Stephen Brown, Secretary; Danny Consenstein, Treasurer; John Tracy, Director; Richard Stryken, Director; and Kristy Bernier, Director.
Questions? For more information, please contact Jerry Baker, Administrative Services Manager, at email@example.com or 907.746.7155.Learn More
The Alaska State Fair is seeking candidates to serve on our board of directors. Completed applications must be received by Monday, December 17, 2012 at 4:30 p.m.
There will be two seats open on the board, and the Fair general membership will vote to fill the seats at our annual membership meeting on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 7 p.m.
Interested in applying? Here’s what you need to know. Qualified candidates must be:
The Alaska State Fair board of directors is a policy-setting board and director responsibilities include:
To receive an application packet, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 907.746.7155.
There are several options for returning your application packet to us:
Completed applications must be received by Monday, December 17, 2012 at 4:30 p.m.Learn More
Wow, what a night! We held our Alaska State Fair annual meeting last Thursday, and have lots of exciting things to report.
About 150 people, mostly Fair members as well as some interested supporters, attended the meeting. We held an election to fill four open seats on the Fair board of directors, and we’re pleased to report that Stephen Brown, Kristy Bernier, John Harkey and Richard Stryken were elected to the board.
Brown was elected to the one-year board seat, Bernier took the two-year board seat, and Harkey and Stryken were re-elected for full, three-year terms.
Members also voted on changes to the articles and bylaws that would allow mail-in and electronic voting. Such changes must be approved by two-thirds of the membership present, and the bylaw vote failed by a narrow margin.
During our food vendor showcase, meeting attendees sampled tasty bites from potential 2012 food vendors and then voted on their favorite. The vendor with the most votes was offered a booth at the 2012 Fair. We’re excited to announce the winner is The Reuben Haus – be sure to check them out at this year’s Fair!
We also announced the performers confirmed to date for our 2012 AT&T Concert Series, and Fair members had the opportunity to reserve tickets in advance. Mark your calendars – tickets go on sale to the general public March 23! Watch our blog, website and Facebook page for forthcoming details.
Finally, meeting attendees got a sneak peek of the video we are putting together with the help of Alaska Channel. Using footage and interviews from the 2011 Fair, the film explores how we are striving to truly be “Alaska’s Fair” by encouraging participation by all Alaskans. Check it out for yourself by viewing this short clip.
Did you attend the annual meeting? Have reviews on the food vendors? Feedback on the concert series? Thoughts on the video clip? Share your thoughts on the Fair’s Facebook page! Want to stay in touch with the Fair? “Like” the Fair on Facebook and sign up to receive email and mobile updates!
The Alaska State Fair 2011 Annual Meeting will be held Thursday, February 9, 2012 in Raven Hall on the fairgrounds. Voter registration begins at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting will be called to order at 7 p.m.
All current Fair members, as well as the general public, are encouraged to attend the meeting. However, please note that only 2011 Fair members who signed up by December 15, 2011 are eligible to vote.
There are lots of fun reasons to attend the upcoming annual meeting:
First dibs on concert tickets. We will be announcing the confirmed entertainers to date for the 2012 AT&T Concert Series – and 2012 Fair members will have the opportunity to reserve tickets right there at the meeting! That’s an entire month before tickets go on sale to the general public on March 9. Not a Fair member? Not a problem – you can sign up as a member at the meeting. Learn about all the benefits of membership on our website.
Food vendor showcase. We’ve invited a select group of potential 2012 food vendors to the annual meeting, where they will be offering tasty samples. Meeting attendees can vote on their favorite and the winning vendor will be offered a booth space at the 2012 Fair! The participating potential vendors and the types of food they make include:
Fair film premiere. This winter we’ve been hard at work with the folks at Alaska Channel putting together a short film using footage and interviews from the 2011 Fair. The film explores how we are striving to truly be “Alaska’s Fair” by encouraging participation by all Alaskans, and the importance of bringing together and sharing the many different people, cultures and talents of our great state. We’re excited to premiere a short clip of the film at the annual meeting!
Board election. The main order of business at the annual meeting will be the election of four members to the Fair board of directors. A total of 10 candidates, including two incumbents, applied to serve on the Fair board. Learn more about each of the candidates by visiting our website. Fair members will also vote on changes to the articles and bylaws that will allow mail-in and electronic voting. Remember – only 2011 Fair members who signed up by December 15, 2011 are eligible to vote.
Mark your calendar for February 9 and we’ll see you at the annual meeting! Questions or comments? Share your thoughts on the Fair’s Facebook page! Want to stay in touch with the Fair? “Like” the Fair on Facebook and sign up to receive email and mobile updates!Learn More
Ready to meet your candidates for the Alaska State Fair board of directors? Four seats will be open on the Fair board, and eligible Fair members will vote to fill the seats at the 2011 annual meeting.
The meeting will take place Thursday, February 9, 2012 at 7 p.m. in Raven Hall on the fairgrounds.
A total of 10 candidates applied to serve on the Fair board of directors. Below, the candidates state why they wish to serve on the board. You can visit our website to read the full profiles.
The board candidates include:
Are you coming to the annual meeting? Share your thoughts on the Fair’s Facebook page! Want to stay in touch with the Fair? “Like” the Fair on Facebook and sign up to receive email and mobile updates!Learn More
!!! Please note that this deadline has passed. !!!
Do you want to vote at the 2011 Alaska State Fair annual meeting? Then be sure to return your completed application and membership fee by the deadline of Thursday, December 15 at 4:30 p.m.
Who can become a Fair member? To be eligible, you must:
Only 2011 Fair members are eligible to vote at the annual meeting, which will be held on Thursday, February 9, 2012. There are four seats open on the board, and Fair members will vote to fill them at the meeting. (Interested in applying as a Fair board member? Read more in our previous blog post.)
Please note that becoming a 2011 Fair member only entitles you to vote at the annual meeting in February. To receive benefits at the 2012 Fair, including first dibs on concert tickets, invitations to the Director’s Reception and more, you’ll need to renew your membership for 2012.
How much does it cost? Good question! Annual memberships are just $25 a year and lifetime memberships are $250.
Speaking of lifetime memberships, we have a special offer if you join as a lifetime member by December 15, 2011. When you become a lifetime member by December 15, you’ll receive one of our beautiful Diamond Quilting Bee prints, created by talented Alaska artist Barbara Lavallee in celebration of our 75th birthday, for FREE (a $65 value)! You’ll also receive all of the other lifetime membership benefits (check them out on our website!).
If you’ve already paid for a 2011 annual membership, we’ll credit your $25 annual membership fee toward your lifetime membership fee. To take advantage of this upgrade offer, please call us at 907.745.4827 by the December 15 deadline.
Ready to sign up? Just fill out our online membership form or download, complete and return a hardcopy form. Or to upgrade your annual membership to a lifetime membership, call us at 907.745.4827.Learn More
!!! Please note that this deadline has passed. !!!
The Alaska State Fair is looking for a few good candidates to serve on our board of directors. The deadline to apply is 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 15, 2011.
There will be four seats open on the board, and the Fair general membership will vote to fill the seats at our annual membership meeting on Thursday, February 9, 2012.
Interested in applying? Here’s what you need to know. Qualified candidates must be:
The Alaska State Fair board of directors is a policy-setting board and as such, director responsibilities include:
There are several options for getting your application packet to us:
To obtain an application packet, contact email@example.com or 907.746.1755.Learn More
Craige and Kathy Baker, owners of Gray Owl Farm, met in Nebraska while attending college. In 1984, they made the trek to Alaska, where Craige worked on building a dairy farm at Point McKenzie, worked for Matanuska Maid and managed the Musk Ox Farm. The couple also worked as teachers at Palmer and Wasilla High for 18 years.
In the early 1990s, the Bakers purchased and began developing the property that would become Gray Owl Farm, which opened for business in 1998. Today, they grow crops such as peppers and eggplant, sell produce and perennials, and recently started planting peonies to produce them as exports. The couple has three children and six grandchildren.
The Bakers will be honored at our board of directors’ reception on the opening day of the Fair, Thursday, August 25. (Please note that the board reception is by invitation only.)
The Farm Family of the Year award, sponsored by the Matanuska Valley Federal Credit Union, was established by the Fair in 2000 to honor an Alaska farming family and show appreciation to all the hard working Alaskans committed to agriculture.
After reviewing nominations, an awards committee chaired by the Alaska Division of Agriculture selects the winning family based on production of quality Alaska Grown products, community and agricultural organization involvement, and overall image.
Read more about the Bakers, their farm and the Farm Family of the Year award in the press release available on our website!
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The Alaska State Fair welcomes Richard Stryken to our board of directors. Richard was selected by the board to fill the seat vacated by John Erickson, Jr., and will serve as an interim board member until February 2012.
John, who was elected to the board in 2008, recently relocated from Alaska to serve as the National Guard legal advisor to the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. We thank him for his service on the board, and wish him luck on his new endeavors.
Richard, who was chosen from a field of eight board applicants, has an extensive background in construction and real estate. He was the head road superintendent for the Matanuska-Susitna Borough (MSB) for 14 years, and has served on the MSB Road Service Area advisory board, Mat-Su Health Foundation board, Palmer Board of Economic Development, and the Palmer Economic Development Authority board.
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To ensure a safe, healthy, family-friendly environment, the Alaska State Fair board of directors recently approved a policy prohibiting smoking in all public areas of the fairground. There will be designated smoking areas for fairgoers who choose to smoke.
“This decision came out of concern for the fairgoer experience, that not everyone is exposed to direct or secondhand smoke,” says Ray Ritari, Fair general manager.
So what exactly is a “public area?”According to the new policy, public areas include buildings, walkways and anywhere else there is fairgoer access. The policy builds on a previously established Fair policy that prohibited smoking inside Fair buildings. “We’re just taking it one step further,” Ray says.
Fairgoers who choose to smokewill still be able to do so in the five designated smoking areas. Designated smoking areas include:
1. Inside the Green Gate, north along the fence.
2. West side of Raven Hall, on the pavement, next to the building.
3. Borealis area, east side, opposite of fence from portacans.
4. Inside the Purple Gate, east along the fence line, across from the portacans.
5. Sluicebox garden (for Sluicebox patrons only).
Information on the designated smoking areas will be included in the Fair daily schedule, and prominent signage will be posted around the grounds.
What happens if someone does smoke in a public area? “They’ll be asked not to,” Ray says. “This is an educational process.”
What are your thoughts on the Fair going smoke free? Comment here or share your thoughts on our Facebook page. Want to stay in touch with the Fair? “Like” us on Facebookand sign up to receive our email and mobile updates!
Concert line-up…free tickets…a board election…birthday celebration plans…2011 highlights…and, of course, pirates! It was all part of the Alaska State Fair’s annual meeting last Thursday, February 10 at the fairgrounds.
Perhaps the highlight of the meeting was the announcement of the entertainment line-up for our 2011 AT&T Concert Series. Nine of the 12 acts were announced to Fair members present at the meeting – a public announcement will follow on March 4, so stay tuned!
A total of 15 lucky Fair members also received two free tickets to the 2011 concert of their choice. Congratulations to our winners:
· Amanda Henry
· Pat Perry
· Kylie Clark
· Maryann Probasco
· Ann King
· Sheree Hugli
· Nancy Oliver
· Bill Longbrake
· Jessica Cooper
· Joe Stehlik
· Mica Night
· Kim Allen
· Cheryl Harkey
· Doug Janneck
· Tom Soper
During the meeting, Fair members also cast their votes in the board of directors election. Carol Kenley and John Erickson were both re-elected, and Daniel Consenstein joined the board as a new member. Learn more about the new board members on our website.
We also unveiled our 2011 theme – 75 years and growin’ – and 2011 logo. (Thanks to all of you who shared your opinion on the logo on our Facebook page!) As this year marks our 75th birthday, we’ll be throwing a big birthday celebration on the first Friday of the Fair – complete with cake, games and fireworks!
Our own Ray Ritari, general manager, gave a sneak peak of entertainment and attractions coming to the 2011 Fair – some of the highlights include two new carnival rides, a new location for Flower Exhibits, Shanghai Acrobats, Kenai Racing Pigs, Cirque Magnifique, magician Steve Trash, Original Synners stunt show and, of course, pirates!
Everyone present at the meeting got a preview of Pirates for Hire, an attraction coming to the 2011 Fair. Many of the Pirates cast members have been or will be featured in the popular Pirates of the Caribbean movie series. Captain Jack and renegade pirate Shanghai stopped by the meeting for a sword fight, pillaging the board members and, of course, flirting with the ladies.
This is just the beginning of all the excitement we have planned for the 2011 Fair, so be sure to stay in touch with us here on our blog. You can also “like” us on Facebook and sign up to receive our email and mobile updates!Learn More