Gyros, elephant ears, killer shrimp, giant cream puffs…the Tanana Valley State Fair has enough delicious food to satisfy any appetite. After indulging in some Fair treats head over to the Midway and find a variety of exciting rides for preschoolers to thrill-seekers, plus games for all ages. There are all kinds of traditional fair exhibitions, events and activities for families and friends including 4-H animals, giant vegetables, local musical and artistic talent and so much more. The Tanana Valley State Fair is simply filled with good old fashioned fun.
First held in Fairbanks in 1924, the fair is the oldest and original state fair in Alaska. August 4 through 13, Fairbanks locals and visitors will swarm to the fairgrounds for fun, entertainment and even a little enlightenment. The theme of this year’s fair is “Raven about the Fair.” In addition to usual fair features, you’ll also find activities and attractions unique to the northern locale including gold mining day, World Eskimo-Indian Olympics demonstrations and a freight dog pull. If you’ve ever wanted to see the power the midnight sun has on Fairbanks’ growing season, you can check out the giant cabbages, pumpkins and other massive vegetables on display.
Scheduled activities include old school classics such as bubble gum blowing and pie eating contests, a gunny sack race along with around-the-clock music and entertainment by local and visiting bands and performers. Check out handmade arts and crafts by local artisans on display and for sale. Other not-to-be-missed events are the Annual Baby Show, lawn mower races, a magician, a rodeo and much, much more! On August 7 and 8, the Tanana Valley State Fair will feature Vocal Trash, a musical experience that combines uniquely recycled musical instruments with high energy and an industrial percussion section.
By 11pm Saturday night, August 12, Interior Alaskan nights are just beginning to grow dark enough to enjoy a spectacular show of fireworks. Grab a bag of kettle corn and a cup of hot chocolate from one of the many vendors and snuggle up on the grandstands with your closest friends—the perfect way to ring in summer’s end.
For more information about the Tanana Valley State Fair and for a schedule of events, go to www.tananavalleystatefair.com