As we do each year, we will monitor and adhere to the Emergency Burn Closure which is issued by the State of Alaska Division of Forestry. Fireworks are cancelled.
Glenn Highway Improvements Suspended During 2019 Fair
Work to be paused August 22 – September 2 for state’s largest event
It will be smooth sailing for drivers heading to the Alaska State Fair this year, as the Alaska Department of Transportation will suspend work on Glenn Highway improvements during the run of the 2019 Fair.
To facilitate traffic flow to the largest event in the state, crews will suspend work from August 22 through September 2, resuming on September 3.
During the Fair, drivers can expect both north and southbound lanes to be open. The highway will also be paved, repairs will be complete on the Glenn-Parks interchange, and no detours will be in place.
As always, fairgoers are reminded to:
- Follow posted traffic and parking signs.
- Leave pets at home.
- Not to park on the side of the highway or roads.
- Purchase parking passes in advance online at alaskastatefair.org (to speed up the parking process!).
The Glenn Highway improvement project is important for the Fair and the entire Mat-Su Valley, which is the fastest-growing area of Alaska. Once the improvements are complete, the Glenn Highway corridor will be able to handle 30,000 cars a day.
Glenn Highway improvements include:
- A four-lane, divided highway fronting the fairgrounds
- More visibility with wider shoulders and ditches
- New lighting
- Dedicated turning lanes into Palmer
- Accessible pedestrian signals
- Frontage roads for homes and businesses
- Bike baths on frontage roads
Additionally, the improvements will eliminate dangerous left-hand turns across the highway, and upgraded signal controllers will communicate with each other, keeping traffic flowing smoothly.
Drive safe and see you at the Fair!
It’s almost Fair Time, and what better way to kick it off than the “Third Annual Alaska State Fair Instagram Takeover?” Talk about #CrazyGood #AKFairFun!
What’s a Takeover, you ask? Well, Takeovers are popular activities on social networks, especially Instagram, where different people – usually celebrities or well-known personalities – “take over” someone else’s account for a period of time and post their own content.
From August 22 through September 2, experience the sights and sounds of the Fair through the eyes of Alaskans who will share their unique perspectives on the Official Alaska State Fair Instagram Feed.
So who are our 2019 Alaska State Fair Influencers? We’ll let them introduce themselves!
8/22 Thursday – Energy Day
Day Sponsor: AOGA
I am a Cinematographer/Photographer. I have been taking photos for about 10 years and filming for 5. I do everything from concert recap videos to weddings to commercials and basically anything behind the camera. I post the majority of my content on Instagram, and I have a YouTube Channel where I have a podcast and other pieces of content like vlogging or creative shorts I film shot with either my RED Gemini Cinema Camera or 1DX Mkii or GH5.
INSTAGRAM – https://instagram.com/don2chon/
8/23 Friday – GCI Kids Day
Day Sponsor: GCI
As a motivational speaker, I have made it my goal in life to reach as many youth as possible with the message – “Know Who You Are”. As a World Eskimo Indian Olympics athlete [competing domestic and internationally] & a 4X Competitor on the TV Show American Ninja Warrior, The Eskimo Ninja has become a household name. After a narrow elimination in 2015 (3 TENTHS OF A SECOND!!), this Inupiaq from Unalakleet, Alaska, has only continued to improve, hitting every qualifying buzzer since, including conquering the 18ft Mega Wall in Season 10! I have also qualified for the Las Vegas finals every year since my first appearance on the show, and have made it to Stage 2 of the finals. But thats not enough. With much larger goals in mind, The Eskimo Ninja hopes to conquer the Ultimate Ninja Goal — conquer Mt. Madoriyama.
INSTAGRAM – https://instagram.com/eskimoninja/
8/24 Saturday – Club49 Family Day
Jessica Somers – Somers in Alaska
Day Sponsor: Alaska Airlines
We are the Somers family – a family of five living in North Pole, Alaska! Small business owners, property managers, and a homeschooling family documenting our life here in Alaska on our YouTube channel SomersInAlaska. We started building our dream Alaskan Farmhouse three years ago and wanted to document the process along the way, all while capturing our family memories. We love sharing tips and helpful information with our viewers who plan to visit or one day move to the amazing state of Alaska!
INSTAGRAM – http://instagram.com/somersinalaska
YOUTUBE – www.youtube.com/somersinalaska
8/25 Sunday – Destination Day
Jess Crow – Crow Creek Designs
I am Jess Crow, the owner and operator of Crow Creek Designs located in Palmer! I am a furniture designer and builder specializing in artistic concepts capturing the wilds of Alaska, oceans from around the world, and much more. My work can be seen in local restaurants, as well as across the nation on a smaller scale. I grew up in Fairbanks and moved down to Anchorage when I was a teen; finally calling the Valley home after the births of my three daughters.
INSTAGRAM – http://instagram.com/crowcreekdesigns
8/26 Monday – Wellness Day
Michelle Sparck – ArXotica
Day Sponsor: Southcentral Foundation
ArXotica, an amalgam of Arctic and Exotic, is a triplet sister-owned enterprise. We source our own micro-nutrient rich ingredients from the Yukon-Kuskokwim province for a refined skin care line. We work to become a strong brand presence in the beauty industry that has, at its center, social responsibility to the Arctic and conservation of its resources.
INSTAGRAM – http://instagram.com/arxotica
8/27 Tuesday – Senior Day
Laura Sampson – Little House, Big Alaska
I’m the baker behind the BBC-featured group, “The Great British Baking Show Bake-Along.” I love to bake in my 1935 Farmhouse in Palmer, Alaska. Thankfully, I have teen boys to help me enjoy all the goodies I create. Besides writing at Little House Big Alaska, my husband and I also own Palmer Folk School. I’m happiest when I’m creating my next in-person or online food event. What will it be next? Tune in and find out!
INSTAGRAM – https:/instagram.com/littlehousebigalaska/
FACEBOOK – http://facebook.com/littlehousebigalaska
8/28 Wednesday – Cosplay Day
Keri Lord – SubZero Heroes Alaska
I’m a local volunteer superhero and princess cosplayer on a mission to make kids smile. In 2018, I organized the all-volunteer superhero and villain group SubZero Heroes Alaska. Teaming up with local businesses, nonprofit and charity groups, we are able to bring “superhero magic” to community events and fundraisers. When not out saving the world, I enjoy crafting, yoga and indulging my inner nerd in comic books and pop culture. I am currently working on a Superhero Storytime program with the Anchorage Library. You can reach me through email at email@example.com or through FaceBook and Instagram under @subzeroheroesak.
8/29 Thursday – MTA Day
Amy Lynn Grue – Alaskan Mama Vlogger
Day Sponsor: MTA
I’m Amylynn aka Alaskan Mama Vlogger! Lifestyle Content Creator and Influencer on YouTube and Instagram. Also the owner of AK Mama Birth Stories; where I film and document labor and delivery and turn it into cinematic birth films. I am born and raised in Alaska and love sharing the reality of raising five kids in modern day Alaska. My husband and I love sharing our Alaskan adventures, hiking, camping and the everyday joyful chaos as a family of seven in Eagle River Alaska.
INSTAGRAM – https://instagram.com/alaskanmamavlogger/
8/30 Friday – Tech Day
Liz Alaska – @LizAlaskaBeauty
I’m an LA transplant to Alaska, a skincare enthusiast, logging my daily routine, sharing my thoughts, mistakes and reviews. #LizAlaskaLife
8/31 Saturday – Mining Day
Charis Lincoln – Charisma Star
Day Sponsor: Council of Alaska Producers (CAP)
I’m a beauty and lifestyle vlogger living in North Pole, Alaska. Since 2010, I’ve created makeup transformations and colorful looks on YouTube and Instagram. In 2012, I won the first-ever NYX FACE Awards in Los Angeles, CA. After living in L.A., traveling the world, and working with brands such as Disney, L’Oreal Paris, Nickelodeon, BH Cosmetics, and ABC Family, my husband and I decided to move back home to Alaska and start a family. With the addition of our new baby boy, I continue to create inspiring content and fun for the whole family!
9/1 Sunday – Military Appreciation Day
Adam & Sherri Legg – LeggLife
Day Sponsor: GEICO and GEICO Military
Hi, we’re Adam and Sherri Legg, online creators from Anchorage! One of our core values is to live our lives out loud and on purpose, and we love that we have the opportunity to do that online like never before! Our goal is to create fun, inspiring, family-friendly content that connects with people in encouraging and authentic ways.
9/2 Monday – First Responders Day
I’m a Singer, Motivational Speaker, and an Empowerment Coach. I was voted “Best Vocalist” in the 2018 Press Picks for work with the band, Blaze & Eric. I received the 2019 First Lady Volunteer of the Year award for my work with Victims for Justice and STAR. I can be found singing all over Anchorage and playing with my fun kids, Lyric and Jazz.
Brad and Christine St. Pierre, along with their children Aviva, 8, and Silas, 3, grow vegetables, fruits, berries, honey and hay on their 25-acre farm in Fairbanks. Christine was born and raised in Ester, while Brad is originally from the lower 48, but now calls Alaska home.
A first-generation farming family, the St. Pierres sell to a diverse array of individuals, schools and businesses, as well as through their CSA (community-supported agriculture) and at the Tanana Valley Farmers Market. “We are surrounded by an amazingly supportive community that values what our farm does. We love working hard together to help bring real food security and healthy fresh food to the people of Fairbanks,” they said.
The St. Pierres are developing a new seven-acre field this year, with plans to cultivate it next year. “We hope to grow and refine our business every year. We will continue to be a part of making family farming and local food security a priority for the Interior and the state,” they said.
In addition to working the farm, Brad volunteered as the vice president of the Ester Community Association for the last five years. He is currently serving as the vice president of the Alaska Farmers Market Association, and is the general manager of the Tanana Valley Farmers Market.
“We love to see our kids growing up on a farm. We love to see the smiles on people’s faces when they see and taste our produce. We love to watch the change of the seasons and we love to eat delicious food,” they 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.
Recent Farm Family of the Year winners include the Olson family of Alaska Berries (2018), the McCollum and Pinkleman families of Northwest Land & Livestock and Delta Meat & Sausage, Inc. (2017), and the Plagerman Family of Scott Plagerman Farms (2016).