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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Pirates & Free Concert Tickets at Annual Meeting

Shiver me timbers! There’ll be pirates at the Alaska State Fair’s 2011 annual meeting tonight, Thursday, February 10, 2011 at Raven Hall on the fairgrounds! Doors open at 6 p.m. and the meeting starts at 7 p.m.


The meeting will feature 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. Featured tonight will be Captain Jack ( and renegade pirate Shanghai ( Watch the Pirates in action at!


In addition to pirates at the meeting, we'll also announce the entertainers confirmed to date for the 2011 AT&T Concert Series, and will give away 30 concert tickets to Fair members who are present at the meeting. 2010, 2011 and lifetime Fair members, including those who join either before or at the annual meeting, are eligible to win. The annual meeting agenda also includes:


·         The opportunity for Fair members to reserve tickets to 2011 concerts in advance of the public on-sale date of March 4. (Must be a 2011 or lifetime Fair member.)

·         Board of directors election. A total of six candidates are running for three open seats on the Fair board of directors. For more information on the candidates, visit

·         Unveil plans for the Fair’s 75th birthday celebration, introduce the 2011 theme and logo art, and share highlights from the 2010 Fair.


The meeting is open to the general public. However, only Fair members who joined by December 15, 2010 are eligible to vote. 2010, 2011 and lifetime Fair members are eligible to win concert tickets. 2011 and lifetime members are eligible to reserve their concert tickets in advance of the general public. Individuals may become Fair members either before or at the annual meeting. For Fair membership criteria, benefits and application, visit


For more information, please visit or, or contact Dean Phipps, Fair marketing director, at or 907.746.7153.

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