Alaska has long been considered the last true frontier of the American wilderness. Fairbanks, the state’s second largest city by population, offers travelers a wild destination that is filled to the brim with nature and activities. Enjoy the canvas of the aurora borealis in the night sky above you while you’re in the land of the midnight sun. The North Pole offers a wonderful, magical adventure for everyone, and the rich native culture of Alaska paints a picture of a land as old as time. For those looking for a small-town experience, Fairbanks also has a lively experience in store for the discerning traveler. Art galleries, museums, and festivities are all celebrated within the city, and you can check out their many distilleries and breweries while relaxing after an evening of exploration.
You won’t find a better way to enjoy all that Fairbanks has to offer than with the Tanana Valley State Fair, taking place August 3-11. Everything from live music, food and dance is offered, and it’s a joyous celebration of Alaskan culture! ResortsandLodges.com had a chance to sit down with the Executive Director of the Tanama Valley State Fair, Blake Matray, to learn more about this amazing festival.
RAL: How long has the event been running?
BM: 94 years! We were founded in 1924, making the Tanana Valley State Fair the oldest State Fair in Alaska.
RAL: How many annual attendees do you draw?
BM: We average about 90,000 - 100,000 attendees each year.
RAL: What demographic does your event attract?
BM: We attract families, children, seniors, and couples. We like to say that the Tanama Valley State Fair has something for everyone, and has always been a gathering point with family fun for everyone.
RAL: What makes this event unique?
BM: The Tanana Valley State Fair is the largest, multi-day summer event in Alaska’s interior.
RAL: Take us through a day in the event. What can attendees expect?
BM: The Fair has plenty of Midway rides, games, concerts, fabulous vendor food and talent contests! There’s also the world famous Little River Band, which will be playing this year on August 9th. Local media personalities broadcast live from the fair, and we will have over 300 booths, filled with fabulous food, including BBQ, Greek, and Italian food, and of course there’s the traditional pretzels, cotton candy, and funnel cakes. With a great fun atmosphere, everyone really enjoys themselves at this annual community event.
RAL: What can guests expect for local lodging?
BM: There are multiple hotels within 5 miles of the fairgrounds. Summer is peak tourism season in Alaska, so visitors should try to book early.
RAL: Why should people come to your event?
BM: The Tanana Valley State Fair allows visitors to experience the taste, sound and culture of the state. Native artwork, Eskimo dancers, and native bands are all part of the experience. We showcase the best of interior Alaska!
For more information about the Tanana Valley State Fair, please check out their event website here.