For the second year in a row, we’ve invited Alaskans to “take over” the Alaska State Fair Instagram account during Fair time.
Takeovers are popular on social networks showcasing different people who “take over” someone else’s account for the day.
Last year, six Alaskans took over a day at The Fair. This year, we’re featuring 12 Alaskans on our Instagram account, one for each day of the Fair!
Experience the Fair through different eyes. Follow everyone’s adventures on our official Instagram account @officialalaskastatefair. You can also follow the hashtag #AKFairFun on Instagram and Twitter as well as check our Facebook feed for select updates!
Scheduled Takeovers are:
Thursday, 8/23 – AOGA – Ashton LeKites Energy Day
Ashton LeKites, part of the Fair’s Social Media Team, will be taking over the Fair account on Day 1 on behalf of AOGA. Ashton is an incoming freshman seeking a psychology and Spanish degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage having just graduated from Chugiak High School. She loves making coffee and hanging out with her dog. Born and raised in Alaska, she loves the Fair and all its excitement.
You can find AOGA on Twitter at @aoga and on Facebook at Alaska Oil and Gas Association
Friday, 8/24 – Laura Sampson, Little House Big Alaska [Palmer] GCI Kids Day
Laura Sampson is on a mission. As a lifelong Alaskan, she wants the entire world to know that there’s more to her state than snow, ice hockey, and polar bears. Laura shares about real life in Alaska, family-friendly recipes, easy DIY projects and other family topics on her blog Little House Big Alaska. Laura is a Digital Influencer, Social Media Specialist, Freelance Writer for hire. Whether it’s a recipe or an easy craft or just a chat about a favorite product, you never know what’s coming up next from Little House Big Alaska, but it’s always served up with a side of AK.
You can find Laura on Instagram at @LittleHouseBigAlaska and at LittleHouseBigAlaska.com.
Saturday, 8/25 – Kyle and Nicole, The Alaska Life [Wasilla] Family Day
The Alaska Life motto is: ‘Cultivating a connection to Alaska and developing a love for the life we live in the Last Frontier!’ After continually answering questions about our ‘Alaskan Lifestyle’, the idea was formed to start a blog and answer a few questions about what Kyle and Nicole did up here, how they lived, and share in some of the adventures they partake in every year and in every season. The community surrounding The Alaska Life quickly grew as a result, and is now the largest social media outlet in the state! A lifelong Alaskan, Kyle married Nicole at a young age and the two began a family shortly thereafter. Adventuring in Alaska, often with children, provided much of the inspiration for sharing some of the trips that they go on. Whether it is the annual hunting trip, hiking in Hatcher Pass, camping in Prince William Sound, or fishing in Southcentral Alaska, The Alaska Life hopes to inspire others to enjoy our state and also endeavors to share others adventures through videos and photos submitted from their community!
You can find The Alaska Life on Instagram at @thealaskalife and at TheAlaskaLife.com.
Sunday, 8/26 – Anita Mwiruki, Fashion by Anita [Fairbanks] Alaska Airlines Day
“Style is a way to say who you are without having to speaking.” Some people have art, music, or words; for Anita Mwiruki, it’s fashion. She says she wakes up, and gets dressed according to how she feels. Being fashionable for a reasonable price and rocking various styles is her passion. Anita is coming in from Fairbanks on Alaska Airlines to Takeover our Instagram on this day!
You can find Fashion by Anita on Instagram at @fashionby_anita and at FashionbyAnita.com.
Monday 8/27 – Megan Ancheta, Allergy Free Alaska [Anchorage] Wellness Day
Megan Ancheta is a busy homeschooling mom of two girls who are gluten and dairy free. She understands how difficult it is to find quality recipes that fit one’s dietary restrictions, which is why she created the gluten-free food blog, Allergy Free Alaska. All of Megan’s recipes are family-friendly, kid-approved, and are meant for the every day home cook.
You can find Megan on Instagram @allergyfreeak and at AllergyFreeAlaska.com.
Tuesday 8/28 – Susie Jenkins-Brito, Set The Net [Dillingham] Senior Day
Susie Jenkins-Brito is a recipe developer and writer from Bristol Bay, Alaska. Her family practices a subsistence lifestyle and they rely on the commercial salmon industry for their livelihoods. Her food and lifestyle blog, Set the Net, is a way of passing on snapshots of rural life and her favorite Alaskan inspired recipes.
You can find Susi at @setthenet on Instagram and at SetTheNet.com.
Wednesday 8/29 – Megan Killoran, Nothin’ But Trouble [Anchorage] Cosplay Day
Megan Killoran has been singing lead in her three bands Nothin’ But Trouble, Lil’ Trouble and Nothin’ But Karma since the winter of 2012. She is also one of the top vocal coaches in Anchorage, runs a multitude of productions including the Great Alaska Talent Competition during Fur Rondy, The AK49 Karaoke Competition, and is the events coordinator and band scheduler for Humpy’s Great Alaskan Alehouse. Raised in Eagle River since she was a young child, Megan loves Alaska and all it has to offer! The AK State Fair is a HUGE part of her life and upbringing. She is honored to play with her bands and have her students perform there every year.
You can find Megan at @megank_in_ak_nothinbuttrouble on Instagram and at NothinButTrouble.com.
Thursday 8/30 – Mikey Huff, Photographer [Anchorage] Alaska Day with BP
Mikey Huff is an Alaskan born photographer who utilizes his curiosity and love for humans in order to connect with his subjects. Discovering photography late in his high school career, he took to it without looking back. Mikey strives to build communities up and collaborate with the creatives who push and inspire him. Stay tuned for a fun Instagram scavenger hunt and contest Mikey is planning on running on this day!
You can find Mikey at @mikeyhuff on Instagram and at MikeyHuff.com.
Friday 8/31 – Adam and Sherri Legg, LeggLife [Anchorage] Tech Day with MTA
Adam Legg is a digital strategist, social media nerd, YouTuber, nonprofit Executive Director, and bearded male. He and his wife Sherri love experiencing Alaska, traveling, and sharing their adventures via their LeggLife YouTube channel.
You can find Adam at @LeggLifeAK on Instagram and at LeggLife.com.
Saturday 9/1 – Maya Wilson, Alaska From Scratch [Kenai] Mining Day with Council of Alaska Producers
Maya Wilson is the author of The Alaska from Scratch Cookbook and the face of Alaska’s premier food blog, Alaska from Scratch. She is also a food columnist for Anchorage Daily News and the head chef of a new restaurant in Soldotna opening later in 2018 (IG: @addiecamp). She lives in Kenai with her wife and three kids.
You can find Maya at @alaskafromscratch on Instagram and at AlaskaFromScratch.com.
Sunday 9/2 – Collin Christiansen [Palmer] Military Appreciation Day with Geico.com and Geico Military
Collin Christiansen is a born and raised local resident of Palmer, Alaska. He received a degree in Business and Communications from the University of Concordia, Nebraska. He has a wide array of interests two of which are coaching Palmer high school football and being involved in story telling whether it be in community theatre or on screen. You might have seen him on a local stage or in the new Nomad Cinematics film “Sudsy Slim Rides Again” written by Chad Carpenter. When he isn’t watching shows, checking out attractions, and eating euro sandwiches at the fair, you might find Collin acting in shows, hanging out with other unattached adults at Bible studies, and eating sandwiches made with care.
You can find Collin at @collin_christiansen on Instagram.
Monday 9/3 – Andrea Gusty, Kuskokwim Corporation [Anchorage by way of Aniak] First Responders Day
Andrea Gusty is a lifelong Alaskan from the village of Aniak on the Kuskokwim River. She has a background in journalism, communications and community relations. Now Vice President and Chief of Staff at her Native Corporation, the Kuskokwim Corporation, Andrea works to improve the lives of those from the Middle Kuskokwim region. Andrea lives in Anchorage with her husband Clinton and her sons Wilson and Randell.
You can find Andrea at @andreagusty on Instagram and at Kuskokwim Corporation.