Fair announces 2017 scholarship recipients
We received so many amazing scholarship applications that we had to increase the awards this year! We originally planned to award seven scholarships totaling $7,000 (which was up significantly from the $4,250 we awarded last year!). But after reviewing the applications, our scholarship committee unanimously approved an increase to nine scholarships totaling $8,000.
Please join us in congratulating our 2017 scholarship recipients:
- First place – $2,500: Annie Kessler of Colony High School
- Second place – $1,500: Summer Putman of Juneau-Douglas High School
- Third place – $1,000: Lily Anna Sessom of Colony High school
- Honorable mention – $500: John F. Jones of IDEA
- Honorable mention – $500: Ruby Woodings of Palmer High School
- Honorable mention – $500: Alexis Barfield of Palmer High School (picture not available)
- Honorable mention – $500: Fisher Dill of Frank A. Degnan High School
- Honorable mention – $500: Maciah L. Johnson of IDEA
- Honorable mention – $500: McKenna Dinkel of Mat-Su Central Homeschool (picture not available)
We received a total of 40 applications this year from students all over the state. While we couldn’t give everyone a scholarship, all applicants did receive two free admissions to the 2017 Fair.
Fair scholarships are open to all Alaska junior and senior high school students who plan to attend college or vocational school. Applicants submit a cover letter, extracurricular resume, letter of recommendation, photo and an essay or creative project.
Watch for the 2018 call for scholarship applications early next year! Questions? Contact Kelly Larson, Fair director of community and corporate relations, at 907.746.7164 or email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 907.746.7153.
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Schedule coming soon!
Tickets go on sale Friday, March 24
Country superstar? Check.
Chart-topping modern rockers? Check.
Grammy Award winners?
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 alaskastatefair.org and print at home. Convenience fees apply, and Fair admission is additional.
- On the Fair’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/alaskastatefair.
- 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.
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 alaskastatefair.org or contact Jerry Baker, Fair administrative services manager, at email@example.com or 907.746.7155.
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 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
Record-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
Setting 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
Exhibit 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 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-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.
Educating 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!
Quilt Raffle Helps Triple Fair Scholarship Awards
The 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!
Commemorate your time at the 2016 Alaska State Fair with one of our 2016 souvenirs! From clothing to collectibles, these souvenirs are the perfect way to remember the 2016 Fair. All prior year T-Shirts are on-sale for $5 (available in souvenir booths only).
Congratulations to the Plagerman family of Delta Junction, who has been selected by the Alaska agriculture community as the 2016 Alaska State Fair Farm Family of the Year. The Plagermans will be honored at opening day of the Fair on Thursday, August 25.
Scott and Connie Plagerman established Scott Plagerman Farms LLC in 2008. They grow hay and sell it to horse owners, beef, yak and sheep farmers, and the Musk Ox Farm. They also sell bison for consumption to Delta Meat and Sausage Co.
Scott and Connie were raised in families who have farmed for many generations. Scott grew up on a Washington dairy farm and received a degree in dairy farming from the University of Utah. Connie grew up on an Iowa grain farm and has experience in pig farrowing and poultry laying operations.
At their farm in Delta Junction, Scott handles all of the equipment, sales and marketing, and Connie manages the finances, is a farm hand, and homeschools their three children, who also work on the farm along with one part-time employee.
The Plagermans say they enjoy the unique challenges and freedom Alaska farmers face. Future plans are to increase their bison herd and improve on their crop production.
When not working their farm, the Plagermans are involved with the Healing Hoofbeats 4-H club (a therapeutic riding program for special needs children and adults) and are members of the Delta Farm Bureau. Scott also serves as a board member of the Alaska Farmers Co-op.
During the holiday season the family opens their home to church and community friends so that all ages may enjoy horseback riding, hay and sleigh rides, and socializing with one another. “It’s a great way to raise a family and be outdoors working with nature,” Connie said.
The Farm Family of the Year award, sponsored by the Matanuska Valley Federal Credit Union, was established by the Alaska State Fair in 2000 to honor an Alaska farming family and show appreciation for all the hardworking 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.
“Congratulations to all of the nominees and the Plagerman family. They are to be admired for the dedication and commitment to farming in Alaska and are setting a good example for the next generation of Alaskan agricultural producers,” said Jerome Hertel, the Fair’s general manager.
Recent Farm Family of the Year winners include the Pettit Family of Little Pitchfork Ranch (2015), Williams Family of EagleSong Family Peony Farm (2014), and Vern Stockwell and Becky Gardner of Stockwell Farm (2013).