Mighty Monster Boo Fest on October 26
Like Halloween? Love great beer? Then don’t miss the Mighty Monster Boo Fest (aka Mighty Matanuska Brewfest) at the Alaska State Fair! The popular annual brewfest, now sanctioned by the Brewers Guild of Alaska and supported by KAYO, takes place Saturday, October 26 from 6 – 10 p.m. at Raven Hall on the fairgrounds.
There will be plenty of brews and Halloween fun at this year’s event, which will feature beers and brewers from the Mat-Su Valley, across Alaska and around the world. Among the featured local breweries are Alaskan Brewing Co., Arkose Brewery, Bearpaw River Brewing Company, Bleeding Heart Brewery, Denali Brewing Co., Glacier BrewHouse, Kassik’s Brewery, Girdwood Brewing Company, Gakona Brewing Company, King Street Brewing Company, Kenai River Brewing Company, 49th State Brewing Matanuska Brewing Company and The Last Frontier Brewing Company.
In celebration of Halloween weekend, there will be a new faster format for the costume contest with great prizes beginning at 8:45 p.m. Live music by Nervis Rex starts at 7 p.m., and a silent auction and raffle with prizes is also on the agenda for the evening. There will be beer friendly food and will be available for purchase.
Tickets are also available at Vagabond Blues, Three Bears, and Purple Moose Espresso. Each $35 ticket comes with 20 3-ounce beer samples. Designated driver tickets are also available for $10, and include non-alcoholic beverages. Convenience fees apply.
All attendees, including designated drivers, must be 21+ and show a valid ID. Brewfest patrons are reminded to plan in advance for a safe ride home by lining up a designated driver or planning to call a taxi.
“Another successful year,” with growth in concert sales and attendance
Palmer, Alaska – With another year of hosting the state’s largest annual event under its belt, the Alaska State Fair is calling the 2019 event a success. The 2019 Fair took place August 22 – September 2 at the fairgrounds in Palmer, where fairgoers for the most part enjoyed unseasonably warm, dry weather.
The Fair saw increases in both AT&T Concert Series ticket sales, as well as attendance. Ticket sales at the ConocoPhillips Borealis Theatre were up 6.8 percent, driven by popular concerts such as Dustin Lynch, who drew more than 5,200 concert-goers, as well as near sell-outs for Shinedown and Cole Swindell performances. Meanwhile, total estimated attendance for 2019 was 303,989, a 2.8 percent increase over last year.
That success extended to other Fair events; there wasn’t an open seat in the BP Grandstand at the sold-out Demolition Derby and all three All Star Monster Trucks shows.
Over in Farm Exhibits, the 4-H Junior Market Livestock Auction set yet another record, raising $257,000 from the sale of 76 animals this year – up $33,000 from last year.
There was a lot of excitement at the 14th annual Alaska’s Midnight Sun Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off, with Dale Marshall taking first place with a state-record-breaking 2,051-pound pumpkin, and second place going to junior grower Thomas Whitmire and his 280-pound entry.
While there were no new records set in the 24th annual Giant Cabbage Weigh-Off, this year’s entries were still impressive, with first place going to Walter Chastain of Wasilla for his 77.5-pound cabbage.
“A big thank you for another great year. Whether you enjoyed old favorites or experienced a new adventure, we hope you enjoyed the 2019 Fair,” said Jerome Hertel, Fair general manager. “To our employees, volunteers, vendors, entertainers, sponsors and, of course, our loyal customers, your efforts and attendance are greatly appreciated. Your hard work and dedication have made for another successful year.”
Watch the Fair website and social media channels for additional details on the 2019 Fair. For more information, please visit alaskastatefair.org or contact Melissa Keefe, marketing and communications manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 907-746-7166.
50+ reasons to attend this year’s bazaar!
Fall is here and we are busy getting ready for the Alaska State Fair Holiday Bazaar! The 2019 event will take place Saturday, October 19, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday, October 20, from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Raven Hall and Hoskins Building on the fairgrounds.
We love this special annual event, and we think you will, too. Here are our five favorite things about the holiday bazaar:
- As always, admission and parking are free!
- There will be more than 100 vendors with a wide range of items perfect for holiday gift-giving. (More on that below!)
- You can keep your energy up for all that holiday shopping with delicious comfort foods from a variety of local vendors.
- We’ll have free craft activities to keep the kiddos entertained while you shop.
- Raffles for the chance to win great prizes donated by participating vendors. We’ll draw a winner every two hours, so there are plenty of opportunities to win!
With more than 100 vendors, you are sure to find the perfect gifts for everyone on your list. Here are 50 gift ideas that you can find at this year’s Holiday Bazaar:
- Bath and body products
- Beaded jewelry
- Birch bark art
- Christmas ornaments
- Clothing and shoes
- Cork crafts
- Crochet crafts
- Dog treats
- Essential oils
- Foods including jerky, popcorn, bananas, brittle, roasted nuts, biscotti, jams, jellies, fudge, cookies and more
- Hand-dyed yarns
- Hand-fused glass
- Hand-made jewelry
- Hats and headbands
- Knives and swords
- Leather products
- Native spirit and skin masks
- Pampered Chef
- Pillow cases
- Pot holders
- Qiviut products
- Stained glass
- Tundra comics
- Vintage jewelry
- Wall hangings
- Walrus ivory jewelry
- Wildflower art
- Wind chimes
- Wine bottle trays
- Wood carvings
- Wood crafts
- Wooden toys
- And many more!
Hope to see you at the Holiday Bazaar!
You can’t deny that Minecraft has taken the world by storm!
Minecraft chests are appearing around the world, and rumor has it, THREE will be on the Alaska State Fair Fairgrounds on
Monday 9/1 – First Responders Day!!
Win the Minecraft prize packages!
What’s the Contest? 👀
All you need to do is starting 10am when the gates open for the Fair on Monday 9/1
1. Spot the Alaska State Fair Minecraft Boxes!*
2. Take a photo of the Alaska State Fair Minecraft Boxes and post your photo to your Instagram account with the Hashtag #AKFairMinecraft .
3. Bring the Minecraft box to the Media Center to claim your prize.
DEADLINE FOR PHOTO SUBMISSIONS IS 5PM on 9/1
There will be THREE WINNERS and will receive prizes as they turn in the Minecraft Boxes into the Media Center.
The Prizes!!! 🏆
1st – 3500 Minecraft minecoins, Creeper Plush, Minecraft Untold stories,
2nd – 1500 Minecraft minecoins, Creeper Thow blanket
3rd – TNT Thow, Minecraft themed socks
The official hashtag of this contest is #AKFairMinecraft You must also follow and tag @officialalaskastatefair to qualify. You can only claim one box per person.
You must be either 18 years of age or older to participate on your own or if you are under 18, you must be accompanied by an adult at all times as your search for the Alaska State Fair Minecraft Boxes.
You must be present at the Fairgrounds on Monday 9/1 to participate BUT you do not have to be present to win. Only entries submitted on 9/1 will be accepted between 12noon and 5pm Alaska Time.
Only one box per person. If you win, you are responsible for picking up your prize prior to the end of the Fair and no later than 5pm on 9/1. The prizes will be available at the official Alaska State Fair office in the Marketing Department. Be prepared to show ID and your Instagram account on your smartphone to prove your identity. Only the winner or their parent or guardian is able to pick up the prize and must have verifiable proof of identity or relationship with the prize winner.
Alaska State Fair reserves the right to withhold the prize if in doubt about the validity of the identity of the claimant.
There are no further prizes available for this contest. Participants in this contest accept all responsibility for their own safety.
Contestants will be instantly disqualified if they:
- Enter a restricted area of the Fair.
- Climb on any object at the Fair that is not meant to be climbed.
- Endanger themselves or others.
- Behave in a manner that is inappropriate for the Fair.
- Break any rule of the contest.
- Uses the contest as an excuse for behaving in any inappropriate manner.
- Alaska State Fair reserves the right to disqualify any contestant who cheats or otherwise tries to manipulate the contest parameters.
Remember to use the hashtag #AKFairMinecraft when you post your Alaska State Fair Minecraft photo to Instagram. You must also follow and tag @officialalaskastatefair to qualify.