We’ve gone to the dogs at the Alaska State Fair

Aug 23, 2019, 11:46 AM by Denali 

Dog Show

It’s that time of year again…time for the Alaska State Fair! Give summer one last hurrah with giant vegetables, carnival rides, live entertainment, and the smell of donut burgers and deep-fried dill pickles wafting through the air. For over 80 years, this celebration has been a staple of summer fun—and has brought together the hard-working people from across the state to enjoy something as a community.  Today, we want to get to the roots of the fair and look forward to some exciting things Denali has in store next week.

A celebration of hard-working Alaskans

The fair began as a way for working families to relax and enjoy some fun time together, and it continues to do that to this day. In 1935, 203 families arrived in the Matanuska Valley as part of an initiative to form a farming colony to open up Alaska and provide food to the military.

After finishing the construction of their homes and establishing a community, they were on to the next task: celebrating! The first fair was funded with money the colonists raised by selling stock. It didn’t take long for them to meet their goal. In a matter of days, they had already accumulated $1,200.

These origins are honored today with the Farm Family of the Year award. Established in 2000, this award recognizes the contributions and work of farming families in Alaska. The fair also continues the tradition of an old-fashioned good time to remember its roots. With the food, agriculture, and exciting shows—each year is a celebration of the community and the values we hold as Alaskans. 

An event deeply rooted in community spirit

With the big-name concerts and entertainment, the ever-expanding amount of rides and food vendors, and the impressive lineup of exhibits and contests, the fair represents the energy present in Alaska’s people. While it has stayed close to its farming roots, it has also grown each year to reach more of the community. It’s estimated that more than 40% of the state’s population attends the fair

Ultimately, it’s the incredible people in this state that make the fair a colossal success. The Alaska State Fair has even been named one of the best state fairs by Country Living magazine, Top Events USA, and the 2016 International Association of Fairs and Expositions convention. This fair is a testament to what happens when hard-working people come together to create something amazing, and to the great adventure of Alaskan life.

Denali’s trick dog show: How we’re supporting community fun

To honor the people in Alaska and continue our commitment to the community, we’re sponsoring a rescue dog show at the fair this week. Cheer on canine stars as they jump and dive to amaze you with their high-flying antics at the Alaska State Fair. Denali brings you performances three times a day from Aug. 26 through Sept. 1. Head over to KTUU News Corral to enjoy the show; these superstar rescue dogs won’t disappoint.