Ice Cream, Knights and More at Annual Meeting

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!

Knights of Valour 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!

Knights of Valour 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!

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):

Read more about the candidates, election and voting options on our blog.

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:

  • Two general admission concert tickets to any of the 2014 concerts confirmed to date
  • One adult 2014 season pass, which includes a season general parking permit
  • Three tickets to our 2014 Mighty Matanuska Brewfest, including two general admissions and one designated driver admission
  • And an Alaska State Fair souvenir grab bag!

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Fair Seeks Board Candidate Applications by December 16

The Alaska State Fair is seeking candidates to serve on its Board of Directors. Completed applications must be received by Monday, December 16, 2013 at 4:30 p.m.

Board members at the BP Alaska shelter dedication during the 2013 Fair.

Board members at the BP Alaska shelter dedication during the 2013 Fair.

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 jerry@alaskastatefair.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 jerry@alaskastatefair.org or 907.746.7155.

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Fair Seeking Board Candidates

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:

  • Having an understanding of the Fair’s Mission Statement, Articles of Incorporation, Board Policy Manual, and Robert’s Rules of Order
  • Various other obligations set forth in the board policy, such as preparing for and attending monthly meetings, and actively participating in committees
  • Directors are also required to make annual financial contributions, which helps the Fair obtain needed grant funds.

To receive an application packet, contact jerry@alaskastatefair.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.

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Check Out the Fair Annual Meeting Results

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!

 

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Food, Film, Concert Tickets and More at Fair Annual Meeting

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:

  • Alaska Berry Pops and Salmon Sticks – the name says it all!
  • Alaska Stuft Bananas – selection of banana treats
  • Caribbean Taste – Caribbean cuisine
  • Center of Russian American Friendship and Trade – Russian dishes
  • Pioneer Peak Popovers – desserts made with Alaska Grown produce
  • The Reuben Haus – known for their Reuben sandwiches
  • The Soda Jerk – made-to-order specialty fountain drinks
  • Wicked Goods – variety of crepes

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!

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Meet the 2012 Fair Board Candidates

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.

Eligible Fair members will vote to fill four open seats on the Fair board of directors during the 2011 annual meeting on February 9.

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:

  • Josh Anderson. “I am passionate about the fair! As a child growing up in 4-H, FFA, fair concessions, as a livestock superintendent and judge, I desire to continue my involvement. The fair has been a huge part of my life. With 2 young children of my own, I want to ensure that the fair traditions, programs, and educational possibilities are concreted for generations to come. I want to extend my ‘Fair’ experience, knowledge and abilities along with my ‘Business’ experience in policy origination and implementation. I want to give back to the fair what it has given to me … success!”
  • Kristy Bernier. “I love the Alaska State Fair. I’m on the grounds everyday either in my capacity as the liaison between MTA and the fair or as a fairgoer enjoying all that it has to offer. I also help other community organizations with their fundraisers and events throughout the year on the fairgrounds. I believe I could be a tremendous resource to the board of directors and would bring a wealth of knowledge and experience from our community and the organizations that I volunteer with. I’m always available to do whatever I can to make the Alaska State Fair as great of an experience as those I remember growing up in Palmer.”
  • Stephen Brown. “I wish to serve on the Alaska State Fair Board of Directors because it is an iconic part of Alaska’s agricultural heritage. I have extensive experience working with the New York State Fair, the Kansas State Fair, the Alaska State Fair and numerous county fairs. I believe these experiences could provide valuable insight for continuing to expand the education and fun to be found at the Alaska State Fair. I would also like to help the fair become an even greater destination event for those beyond the Valley and Anchorage.”
  • Stu Graham. “The Alaska State Fair is an essential gathering place for the people of South Central Alaska and for others throughout the State. As a showcase for agriculture, manufacturing, resource development, entertainment and cultural themes, the Alaska State Fair is a multi-faceted experience which broadens the knowledge base of all who attend and I want to ensure this experience continues to be available and enriches the lives of Alaskans and our visitors.  As a member of the Board of Directors I can help assure resources are properly allocated to maintain and enhance the quality of the Alaska State Fair.”
  • John Harkey. “To see continuing improvements to the Fair’s infrastructure and improve our Fairgoers experience. I’ve worked very hard with other Directors to prioritize and find funding to upgrade the aging system and buildings. One of the most important upgrades and ONE of the more expensive projects is the sewer system. Until this is completed, we won’t even be able to build another bathroom. To achieve what was only a dream five years ago is now becoming a reality.”
  • John Klapperich. “My mantra has always been ‘if it can be done the Valley can do it. My 30 years of business experience may help the Alaska State Fair remain the ‘jewel’ of what we do.”
  • Lorie Koppenburg. “In the spring of this year when the log cabin vendors were notified by the Administration of their intention to remove those landmark structures, the timing and delivery of that decision and the impact on the involved vendors sent a ripple through the vendor community and the state fair community. Since that time, I have been asked by many Alaska State Fair members and community members to consider running for the Board of Directors. Their confidence in me, the support of my family, and my own desire to participate in the development and direction of the Alaska State Fair inspire my decision to run for this position.”
  • Red Secoy. “I have been involved with the Fair for many years. I am familiar with all aspects of the Fair.”
  • Richard Stryken. “Having served as a temporary director for the past six months, I wish to continue serving on the board. We have just celebrated our 75th year, and our slogan this year was 75 and growing’. The reality is, we are busting at the seams. Although we have done tremendous work in the past I believe it is time for us to look into substantially expanding our infrastructure as well as developing our overall appearance and our fairgoers experience. I wish to contribute my knowledge of both horizontal and vertical construction to move us forward.”
  • William Tull. “My family and I have watched the Fair grow during the past 40 years from one of an agricultural nature to the present. We initiated the petting zoo at the Fair and garnered many blue and purple ribbons in the livestock and vegetables categories. It is with this background that I seek membership on the Fair Board to promote increased Fair participation in Valley youth interests. The Fair can be more dynamic than it is today. Horse Racing at the Fair is still a viable option and a program that will make use of the Fairgrounds and, if properly promoted, weekend four-month use of the Fair facilities.”

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Want to Vote at the Annual Meeting?

!!! 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.

Become a lifetime member by December 15, and you’ll receive one of our beautiful Diamond Quilting Bee prints, created by talented Alaska artist Barbara Lavallee.

Who can become a Fair member? To be eligible, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be a legal resident of the State of Alaska

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.

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Looking for a Few Good Board Candidates

!!! 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:

  • State of Alaska residents
  • At least 18 years old
  • Current members of the Alaska State Fair, Inc.

The Alaska State Fair board of directors is a policy-setting board and as such, director responsibilities include:

  • Having an understanding of the Fair’s mission statement, Articles of Incorporation, board policy manual, and Robert’s Rules of Order.
  • Various other obligations set forth in the board policy, such as preparing for and attending monthly meetings and actively participating in committees.
  • Directors are also required to make annual financial contributions to help assist with raising grant funds.

There are several options for getting your application packet to us:

  • Mail or personal delivery to 2075 Glenn Hwy., Palmer, Alaska 99645
  • Fax to 907.746.2699
  • Email to info@alaskastatefair.org

To obtain an application packet, contact jerry@alaskastatefair.org or 907.746.1755.

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Congratulations to the 2011 Farm Family of the Year

We’re excited to announce that the Baker family of Palmer has been selected as the 2011 Farm Family of the Year by the Alaska agricultural community.

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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Fair Welcomes New Board Member

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.

Help us welcome Richard to the Fair board! Comment here or share your thoughts on our Facebook page. Want to stay in touch with the Fair? “Like” us on Facebook and sign up to receive our email and mobile updates!

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Fair Goes Smoke-Free in 2011

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.”

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Annual Meeting Highlights

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!

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