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Bee Stylish in 2016 Souvenirs

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Bee Stylish in 2016 Souvenirs

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).

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2016 Farm Family of the Year

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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).

 

All Fair Concert Tickets Now on Sale!

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Tickets are now on sale for all 12 shows in the Alaska State Fair’s 2016 AT&T Concert Series, including the most recently announced acts – KONGOS with special guest July Talk and Cheech & Chong featuring special guest Shelby Chong! Tickets for these two shows went on sale to the general public today, Friday, June 3, at 6 a.m.

The rock band of brothers KONGOS, Canadian rockers July Talk and iconic comedy duo Cheech & Chong complete the 2016 concert line-up, which features:

  • Home Free, Thursday, August 25, 7 p.m., presented by KBRJ
  • X Ambassadors, Friday, August 26, 7 p.m., presented by Pabst Blue Ribbon, KMBQ and KBBO
  • The Band Perry, Saturday, August 27, 7 p.m., presented by Heineken and KBRJ
  • KONGOS with special guest July Talk, Sunday, August 28, 6 p.m.
  • Cheech & Chong featuring special guest Shelby Chong, Monday, August 29, 7 p.m.
  • Old Dominion, Tuesday, August 30, 7 p.m., presented by Bud Light and KBRJ
  • Thousand Foot Krutch, Wednesday, August 31, 7 p.m., presented by KAFC
  • G-Eazy, Thursday, September 1, 7 p.m., presented by KFAT
  • Volbeat, Friday, September 2, 7 p.m., presented by KWHL
  • Randy Houser, Saturday, September 3, 7 p.m., presented by Coors Light and KASH
  • Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, Sunday, September 4, 6 p.m., presented by Anchorage Press and KOOL
  • Andy Grammer, Monday, September 5, 3 p.m., presented by KGOT and KYMG

You can get your tickets:

  • 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 Kendall Toyota Borealis Box Office during the Fair. No convenience fees at the Fair box office. Fair admission additional.

Find more info on this year’s line-up on our website, featuring ticket prices, bios, photos and performance samples. We’ll see you at the show!

Relay for Life

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Relay for Life
  • Friday night – Saturday morning
    May 19, 2017 – May 20, 2017
    7:00 pm – 11:00 am

What is the Relay for Life?

Organized, overnight community fundraising walk

Teams of people camp out around a track

Members of each team take turns walking around the track

Food, games and activities provide entertainment and build camaraderie

Family-friendly environment for the entire community

Because it’s a team event, individual participants are not required to be there the entire time. But it’s so much fun, you’ll find it hard to leave!

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Alaska Students Receive $4,250 in Fair Scholarships

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Five Alaska high school students will head off to college this fall with some extra funds in their bank accounts, thanks to the Alaska State Fair scholarship fund! The students, who are from across Alaska, received scholarship awards totaling $4,250 this spring. Every student who completed an application also received two free admissions to the 2016 Fair.

Congratulations to the 2016-2017 Alaska State Fair scholarship recipients, including:

First place, $1,500: Victoria Cizek of Soldotna, Alaska. Victoria, a senior at Cook Inlet Academy, will attend Northwest Christian University in Eugene, Oregon this fall to study music technology/industry.

Second place, $1,000: Michelle Eliassen of Eagle River, Alaska. Michelle, a senior at Chugiak High School, will attend the University of Alaska Anchorage this fall. A graduate of her school’s Spanish immersion program, Michelle plans to minor in Spanish.

Third place, $750: Nathaniel Savel of Palmer, Alaska. Nathaniel, a senior at Palmer High School, has been accepted to both the University of Alaska Anchorage and the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He plans to pursue an associate’s degree in paramedic/fire science, as well as a bachelor’s degree in science.

Fourth place, $500: Catherine Currier of Wasilla, Alaska. Catherine, a senior at Wasilla High School, has been accepted into the medical laboratory science program at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Fifth place, $500: Kimberly Pikok of Barrow, Alaska. Kimberly, a senior at Barrow High School, will attend the University of Alaska Fairbanks this fall, with a goal to receive a bachelor’s degree in business administration or environmental policy and return to live and work in rural Alaska.

The Fair scholarship application process is unique in that it asks students to submit an essay or creative project addressing one of four topics, including:

  • How the Fair can be of greater benefit to the state
  • Ideas for a new “free with Fair admission” event
  • How the Fair can improve its educational programming
  • How the student would use a 12-foot by 12-foot booth at the Fair

“Every year, we are impressed with the creative ideas generated by our scholarship applicants. We are always working to improve the Fair and the fairgoer experience, and appreciate the fresh perspectives shared by these students,” said Jerome Hertel, Fair general manager.

For example, Catherine created a video explaining her idea to develop an educational scavenger hunt throughout the fairgrounds to better involve and educate young Alaskans. “With doing this, we will educate the next generation, and therefore educate all generations after them,” she said.

Victoria would draw from her passion for music and her future music degree to open a “Make Your Own Music Video” booth at the Fair. “There is almost nothing more fun than goofing off with your friends and loved ones, especially at the Alaska State Fair. This could be an enjoyable way for people to have an awesome video to remember the experience by,” she said.

Michelle would open a food booth called “Like Your Granny Makes It,” which would serve homemade pie milkshakes, along with other old-fashioned food items at an affordable price. “I know, coming from a family of five, that the Fair can be expensive, so making it affordable for families is a huge deal to me,” Michelle said.

One of Nathaniel’s ideas for improving the fairgoer experience was developing themes for each of the Fair trails. For example, the “Dairy Trail” would feature vendors and activities that support the theme. “When you leave Dairy Trail, you should feel like you have just spent the last 20 years as a farmer yourself,” he said.

Kimberly shared her idea for displaying the culture, diversity and rich history of Alaska at the Fair by hosting a stage dedicated to cultural performances. “There is no better way to educate fairgoers, citizens and visitors about cultures than put on a live performance,” she said.

The Fair scholarship program is open to all Alaska junior and senior high school students who plan to attend college or vocational school. A total of 43 students submitted applications for a Fair scholarship this spring.

Even more students will benefit from the Fair scholarship program in 2017. An additional $2,500 was raised for scholarships at the Fair’s Concert Kick-Off Party in April. The event unveiled the entertainment line-up for the Fair’s 2016 concert series, while raising money for the Fair scholarship fund.

Bella Kids Consignment Sale

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Bella Kids Consignment Sale

Bella Kids Spring Event

Cash & Credit Cards are accepted (NO checks please)
Thurs & Fri, May 3 & 4: 10am-8pm
Sat, May 5: 10am-6pm
Sun, May 6: 10am-4pm (1/2 price sale on marked items!)

Come shop our fabulous event with over 200 Alaskan families participating! You can find almost anything for newborns to preteens!

Want to turn your CLUTTER into CASH and SHOP before the PUBLIC? Find out more about selling at www.BellaKidsAK.com/sell

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Fair 2016 Exhibitor Guide Now Available

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It’s spring in Alaska, which means it’s time to start planning for your exhibit entry at the 2016 Alaska State Fair! We’ve got all the details in you need in our 2016 exhibitor guide, now available on our website.2016 Alaska State Fair exhibitor guide

No matter what your skill or interest, there are lots of fun exhibit categories to choose from:

There are the two easy ways to submit your exhibit entry:

One important change to note: There will not be an Anchorage entry site this year.

We love to receive entries from folks around the state, so if you can’t make it to the fairgrounds with your exhibit, please consider our mail-in option. Just be sure it arrives to us by the Friday, August 12 deadline!

Last year, we received 9,054 entries – the highest number of entries in the past 10 years! Flowers and crops were the two most popular categories, with 2,009 and 1,434 entries respectively.

Help us celebrate the 80th year of the Alaska State Fair by entering an exhibit. Download your 2016 exhibitor guide now on the Fair website!

Need a hard copy of the department information you are interested in? Give us a call at 907.746.7159 and we’ll pop one in the mail to you.

Want more information? Contact Pamella Meekin, our vendor and exhibits manager, at 907.746.7159 or pamella@alaskastatefair.org!

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First 10 Acts in Fair’s 2016 Concert Series Announced

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Love good music? Well then set your alarm clock early for the morning of Friday, April 8 – at 6 a.m. tickets go on sale for the 2016 AT&T Concert Series at the Alaska State Fair!

You won’t want to miss this year’s line-up, featuring:

All shows take place rain or shine at the Borealis Theatre. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 8 at 6 a.m. 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.

The final two concerts in our 2016 series are being confirmed, and we will announce them soon on our Facebook page and website. Stay tuned!

7 Reasons Not to Miss Our Concert Kick-Off Party with Redhead Express

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The first-ever Alaska State Fair Concert Kick-Off Party, featuring Redhead Express, is coming up Saturday, April 2 – and here are seven reasons to make sure it’s on your calendar!Concert

  1. Be the first to find out the 2016 AT&T Concert Series line-up! We’ll announce the entertainers confirmed to perform at the 2016 Fair (and we don’t think you’ll be disappointed!).
  2. Get tickets early and save money. Kick-off party guests can buy tickets to this year’s concerts in advance of the public on-sale date and with NO CONVENIENCE FEES. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, April 8 at 6 a.m.
  3. Win concert tickets. You could head home with four tickets to the concert of your choice!
  4. The mouth-watering menu. Enjoy a delicious array of appetizers prepared by celebrity chef Suzette Lord Weldon, with assistance from Alaska Job Corps Culinary Arts Instructor David Williams and his students. On the menu are gourmet caprese crostini, salmon cakes, caribou pineapple skewers, vegetables platters and dip, and hummus with pita chips. Special thank you to Northstar Bakery and Three Bears for donating ingredients.
  5. Sip on your favorite beverage. All guests will receive two complimentary drinks. A big thanks to the Odom Corporation for donating the adult beverages for our event.
  6. There will be great live music (and a great emcee!). Harp soloist Boogie Willis will welcome guests in the lobby. You can then boogie to the opening act, The Sallys acapella family band, at 7 p.m. Then, the beautiful and talented sisters of Redhead Express take the stage at 7:30. And we’re excited to have Mat-Su Campus Director Talis Colberg as the emcee for the evening’s festivities!
  7. You’ll be supporting scholarships. All funds raised benefit the Fair scholarship program, which awards scholarships to Alaska high school students planning to attend college or vocational school. Last year, we awarded $4,250 to five Alaska high school students. With your support, we hope to double that amount next year!

Convinced? Get your tickets now on the Fair website! Then mark your calendar for the 2016 Concert Kick-Off Party, Saturday, April 2 at the Glenn Massay Theater on the University of Alaska Mat-Su Campus. Doors open at 6 p.m. See you there!