Palmer, Alaska – The Alaska State Fair is pleased to announce the first two acts in the 2020 AT&T Concert Series: traditional country singer Jon Pardi on August 29, and the genre-crossing, multilingual orchestra Pink Martini on September 3. Concerts take place rain or shine at the ConocoPhillips Borealis Theatre on the fairgrounds. Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, November 29 at 10 a.m.
Saturday, August 29: Jon Pardi. This traditional country singer is known for his throwback sound, as heard on hits like “Dirt on My Boots,” “Heartache on the Dancefloor” and “Night Shift.” His 2014 debut, Write You a Song, featured the Top 10 party song, “Up All Night,” while his sophomore album, California Sunrise, included his first #1 single, “Head Over Boots.” Pardi released his third full-length album, Heartache Medication, in September of this year. He was named New Male Vocalist of the Year by the Academy of Country Music Awards and New Artist of the Year by the Country Music Association Awards in 2017.
Thursday, September 3. Pink Martini featuring China Forbes. Drawing inspiration from music from all over the world, and crossing genres of classical, jazz and classic pop, Thomas Lauderdale founded the “little orchestra” Pink Martini in 1994. Today, featuring lead singer China Forbes and a dozen musicians with songs in 25 languages, Pink Martini performs its multilingual repertoire on concert stages and with symphony orchestras around the globe. The band’s debut album, Sympathique, garnered nominations for “Song of the Year” and “Best New Artist” in France.
Concert-goers will have the option to purchase concert-only tickets or tickets including Fair admission. The included admission is at a discounted price and good any day of the Fair. Concert tickets including Fair admission must be purchased by August 26. Details on ticket options and pricing are available on the Fair website. Convenience fees apply on all concert ticket purchases. Visit the Fair website, alaskastatefair.org, for additional information on the confirmed concerts, and watch for the forthcoming 2020 concert announcements. For more information, contact Melissa Keefe, marketing and communications manager, at email@example.com or 907-746-7166.
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.