Fair Elects New Board Member

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Fair Elects New Board Member

Fair Annual Meeting Recap

Prizes and Election Results

Palmer, Alaska – The 2017 Alaska State Fair, Inc. annual membership meeting took place last week at Raven Hall on the fairgrounds, with approximately 50 Fair members and interested supporters in attendance.

The main item of business was the election of three members to the Fair’s seven-member board of directors. From a ballot of five candidates, including two incumbents, Fair members voted to reelect incumbents Kristy Bernier of Palmer and Danny Consenstein of Anchorage and elected its newest board member, Jason Ortiz of Palmer.  Bernier, Consenstein and Ortiz will each serve a three-year term on the board.

Several lucky Fair members also went home with door prizes, including a 2017 concert ticket package, Fair season pass, a family fun pack, a monster truck ticket package, a Mighty Matanuska Brewfest ticket package, and a Whittier fishing trip for two.

For more information, contact Dean Phipps, Fair director of marketing and communications, at or 907.746.7153.

Consign49 coming soon!

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Consign49 coming soon!

Wouldn’t you love to shop for amazing deals on a selection of over 10,000 clothing, accessories, and home decor items? Join us for our biggest and best event yet! Our Spring 2017 Consignment Event will be held at Raven Hall at the Alaska State Fairgrounds, and run from April 6th – 9th. Admission and parking are free!

Thursday, April 6th: 9am – 8pm
Friday, April 7th: 9am – 8pm
Saturday, April 8th 9am – 8pm
Sunday, April 9th 9am – 5pm, items marked with a $ are HALF PRICE.

This upscale resale event brings you great finds on new and gently used brand name and designer clothing, accessories, shoes, home décor, furniture, and so much more! And by holding our fall event in November, you will also be able to get some great holiday shopping in as well! Bring a few friends and have some fun! Dressing rooms are provided.

To find out more go to or visit the Facebook event here.

We hope to see you there!


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Savannah Jack is back!

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Savannah Jack is back!

From playing honky-tonks in Nashville, to opening for John Fogerty, Vince Gill and the legendary Kenny Rogers, Savannah Jack is poised to take country music by storm with their extraordinary three-part vocal harmonies, superior musicianship, and fresh new sound.

Schedule coming soon!

Fair’s 2017 Concert Series Has It All!

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Fair’s 2017 Concert Series Has It All!

Tickets go on sale Friday, March 24

Country superstar? Check.

Chart-topping modern rockers? Check.

Grammy Award winners?

Multi-platinum artists?

American rock legends?

Check, check and check.

We’ve got it all in our 2017 AT&T Concert Series at the Alaska State Fair! And we are thrilled to announce the first eight acts confirmed for this year’s line-up:

  • Home Free, Thursday, August 24, 7pm, presented by K-Bear 104.1 Alaska’s Hottest Country
  • Papa Roach, Friday, August 25, 7pm, presented by Alaska’s Rock 106.5 KWHL
  • Josh Turner, Saturday, August 26, 7pm
  • Judah & the Lion, Wednesday, August 30, 7pm, presented by 101.3 KGOT
  • Lecrae, Thursday, August 31, 7pm, presented by Alaska’s Hottest Hits 92.9 KFAT
  • Third Eye Blind, Friday, September 1, 7pm
  • The Doobie Brothers, Saturday, September 2, 7pm
  • Terry Fator, Sunday, September 3, 6pm, presented by KTUU Channel 2

All performances take place rain or shine at the Borealis Theatre on the fairgrounds.

Tickets go on sale Friday, March 24 at 6am and there are four easy ways to buy:

  • Online at and print at home. Convenience fees apply, and Fair admission is additional.
  • On the Fair’s Facebook page,
  • On a mobile phone. Convenience fees apply, and Fair admission is additional.
  • The Borealis Box Office during the Fair. No convenience fees at the Fair box office. Fair admission additional.

Want to find out more about this year’s line-up? Visit our website for ticket prices, bios, photos and performance samples.

The final four concerts in our 2017 series are being confirmed, and we will announce them soon on our Facebook page and website. Stay tuned!

Money for College AND Free Fair Admission!

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Money for College AND Free Fair Admission!

Submit your Fair Scholarship Application by April 3

Alaska high school students at FairIf you are an Alaska high school student planning to attend college or vocational school, be sure to apply for a scholarship from the Alaska State Fair. This year, we’ve increased the number of scholarships and the award amounts, plus every applicant will receive two free admissions to the 2017 Fair! Just get your application submitted by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, April 3, 2017.

We’ll award seven scholarship totaling $7,000 this year (that’s up from five scholarships totaling $4,250 last year!), including:

  • First place: $2,500
  • Second place: $1,500
  • Third place: $1,000
  • Four honorable mentions of $500 each

And did we mention that every student who submits a completed application will receive two free admissions to the 2017 Fair?

Here’s what you need to do:

  • Make sure you’re eligible to apply. All Alaska junior and senior high school students who plan to attend college or vocational school are eligible.
  • Prepare an amazing application packet. (Did you apply for a Fair scholarship last year? If so, you’ll need to create a new application, as resubmissions from the previous year will be disqualified.)
  • Submit your application packet no later than 4:30 p.m. on Monday, April 3, 2017. You can mail or hand deliver your packet to the Alaska State Fair, 2075 Glenn Hwy., Palmer, Alaska 99645.

Here’s what needs to go into your application packet:

  • Cover letter including your name, address, phone and email, school name and phone, counselor’s name, and the name of the college or vocational school you plan to attend
  • Extracurricular resume including interests, clubs, community service and/or employment
  • One letter of recommendation
  • A photo that may be used for publicity purposes
  • Written essay (1,000 words or less) or creative project (audio, video, performance or visual arts, business plan, social media campaign, arts and crafts, photography, etc.). Please note that DVDs will not be accepted. Students should instead submit videos online.

Your written essay or creative project should address one of the following topics:

  • In light of the Fair’s mission statement (check it out on our website), how can the Fair have a greater benefit on your community or in the state of Alaska?
  • The Alaska State Fair is always looking for innovative and fun events, activities and contests that are free with fair admission to fairgoers. Create a new event, activity or contest that has minimal cost for the Fair.
  • The Alaska State Fair’s primary purpose is to educate fairgoers. How could the Fair improve its educational programming to be more relevant to youth?
  • How would you use a 12-foot by 12-foot booth space at the Fair to start your own business or to sell goods or services?

Then be sure to mark your calendar: We’ll announce the 2017 scholarship recipients on or before April 21!

Need more info? Visit the Fair website or contact Kelly Larson, Fair director of community and corporate relations, at 907.746.7164 or

Fair Annual Meeting This Thursday, February 9

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Highlights include board election and door prizes

The Alaska State Fair, Inc. will hold its 2017 Annual Membership Meeting on Thursday, February 9. The annual meeting will take place at 7 p.m. in Raven Hall on the fairgrounds. Interested members of the public are invited to attend, but only Fair lifetime and 2016 annual members are eligible to vote at the meeting.

The primary order of business is the election of three members to the Fair’s board of directors. Each seat will have a three-year term. A total of five candidates, including two incumbents, will appear on the ballot:

  • Kristy Bernier, incumbent
  • Sabrena Combs
  • Danny Consenstein, incumbent
  • John Olson
  • Jason Ortiz

Candidate statements are available for review on the Fair website.

Fair members in attendance have the opportunity to win amazing annual meeting door prizes including:

  • 2017 concert ticket package
  • Fair season pass
  • Fair family fun pack
  • Monster truck ticket package
  • Mighty Matanuska Brewfest ticket package
  • Whittier fishing trip for two

For more information on the board candidates and annual meeting, please visit or contact Jerry Baker, Fair administrative services manager, at or 907.746.7155.

2016 Fair Highlights

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The Alaska State Fair celebrated our 80th birthday at the 2016 event, which took place August 25 – September 5 at the fairgrounds in Palmer. Here are some of our favorite highlights from 2016:

Attendance. An estimated 293,424 people came to help the Fair celebrate in 2016. This was down from 299,698 last year, but on par with the 293,827 fairgoers in 2014. Following the historical trend, Saturday was the most popular day to visit, with attendance of 19,064 on the first Saturday and 22,337 the second.


AT&T Concert Series. A total of 26,294 music-lovers attended the AT&T Concert Series this year, compared to 31,986 attendees last year. Of those, 5,150 fairgoers attended the rapper G-Eazy concert, making it the most popular performance, followed by The Band Perry and Volbeat.


Commemorative Fair Quilt Raffle Winner Lorraine StottsCommemorative quilt raffle. In celebration of our 80th birthday, we raffled off a commemorative Fair quilt, with all proceeds benefiting the Fair scholarship fund. The raffle brought in $3,990 for Fair scholarships. Those funds, combined with the proceeds from the Concert Kick-Off Party and Cabbage Classic lottery, will allow us to triple our 2017 scholarship award amount! Read more


4-H Showmanship Feature BoxRecord-breaking 4-H Junior Market Livestock Auction. This year’s livestock auction brought in $214,312.50, setting a new record for the 41-year-old event. The new record was set even with 16 fewer bidders and 17 fewer youth participants. Read more



Pumpkin Weigh-off Feature BoxSetting new state records. After pursuing the state record for five years, Dale Marshall finally broke it with his 1,469-pound entry in the Midnight Sun Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off this year, beating the previous state pumpkin record by 180 pounds. Five other new state records were set at the 2016 Fair. Read more


Exhibits FeatureboxExhibit entries across Alaska and beyond. A total of 8,719 entries came in from across the state, as well as 33 from outside Alaska. Flowers and crops continued to be the two most popular categories, with 2,066 and 1,501 entries respectively. See exhibits results


Giant Cabbage lit up by the sun (2)Giant fun at Cabbage Weigh-Off. Steve Hubacek once again took first place in the Giant Cabbage Weigh-Off, claiming the title with his 83.4-pound entry. Hubacek bested Brian Shunskis’ second-place, 66.05-pounder and Keevan Dinkel’s 63.15-pound cabbage, which took third place. Read more


Monster Trucks Feature BoxMonster-sized fun. After a 16-year hiatus, monster trucks returned to the Fair, drawing sell-out crowds to the Grandstand. The All Star Monster Truck Tour made its debut at the 2016 Fair, with 5,327 fairgoers attending.



Recycling. Dedicated volunteers collected 34,829 pounds, or 17.3 tons, of recyclable material, including plastics, cardboard, mixed/office and newspaper, aluminum, steel cans and glass. This was almost identical to the 34,953 pounds collected last year.


Two young girls at FairEducating our youth. In a continued demonstration of the Fair’s commitment to combining entertainment and education, a total of 2,335 students in grades kindergarten to fifth grade participated in Fair educational programs this year. More than 700 students were on the waiting list for this popular program.


Don’t miss out on the fun next year! Mark your calendar for the 2017 Fair, which will take place August 24 – September 4. And be sure to stay in touch with us throughout the year on our website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube!

Scholarship Awards Triple

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Quilt Raffle Helps Triple Fair Scholarship Awards

Commemorative Fair Quilt Raffle Winner Lorraine StottsThe Alaska State Fair will be able to triple our scholarship awards next year thanks to several successful fundraising efforts including the commemorative quilt raffle that took place during the 2016 Fair.

In celebration of our 80th birthday, we raffled off a commemorative Fair quilt, with all proceeds benefiting the Fair scholarship fund. Lorraine Stotts was the lucky winner of the quilt, which featured artwork designed by Alaska artist Ruth Hulbert and was sewn by local quilter Kathy Rockey. The quilt raffle brought in $3,990 for the Fair scholarship fund.

The Concert Kick-Off Party, another fundraiser for the Fair scholarship fund, took place April 2 at the Glenn Massay Theater in Palmer. The event, which featured food, drinks, live music and the AT&T Concert Series line-up announcement, raised $4,000 for Fair scholarships.

This year’s Cabbage Classic brought in an additional $390 for Fair scholarships. Established in 2012, the 50/50 Split the Pot lottery allows fairgoers to purchase a ticket and guess the weight of the winning cabbage in the Giant Cabbage Weigh-Off. Proceeds from the lottery are split between the Fair and Palmer Rotary Club scholarship programs.

These funds, combined with our annual scholarship budget, will allow us to award $12,880 in scholarships in 2017. That’s more than triple what we distributed this year, when we awarded five scholarships totaling $4,250!

The Fair scholarship program is open to all Alaska junior and senior high school students who plan to attend college or vocational school. The application period for 2017 scholarships will open early next year, and recipients are announced in April. Watch the Fair website and Facebook for more details!

Alaska Chicks Vintage Home Market

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Alaska Chicks Vintage Home Market

Alaska Chicks Vintage Home Market

Enjoy Live Local Music and Fresh Food Vendors! Saturday – Tickets $3 16 & under are free.  Sunday – Free Admission for All Ages Come Enjoy a Day of Fun, Food, and Great Finds! Alaska’s Trendiest Designers, Upcyclers, Crafters, Artisans, Vintage and Antique Collectors Like us on Facebook

Saturday, April 1st 9am-6pm ($3 admission at door, ages 16 and under are free!)
Sunday, April 2nd 10-5pm (Free admission all day)

Located inside the Raven Hall, at the Alaska state fairgrounds. 2075 Glenn Hwy Palmer, Alaska 99645

Free parking all weekend! All ages welcome!