Gear up and ship out this weekend for the Southeast Alaska State Fair in Haines. This year the theme is a "May the Fair be with you!", so you might want to pack a lightsaber as well.
The Fair's mission is to provide a showcase for agricultural and domestic arts, creative arts and crafts, and the opportunity for educational, cross-cultural and social exchange, and you won't be disappointed. This year's state fair has four days of music, food and activities for everyone.
This year's entertainment includes ALBINO!, a ten-piece Afrobeat ensemble honoring Nigerian musician Fela Kuti; Pamyua, who's tribal funk and world music include styles from the Inuits to Australia. The Whiskeydicks, Nicole Fournier, Spoonshine, Love Life Music and the Alaska String Band from Juneau will perform along with many others.
Circus Contraption, a one-ring traveling circus that combines traditional circus tricks with cabaret, vaudeville and slapstick, are set to perform as well as teach a workshop in clowning, acrobalance and basic rope climbing on Sunday.
The Dakká Kwáan Dancers of Carcross, Yukon will also perform traditional singing and dancing.
There's something for everyone at the Fair, including a Grand Parade Saturday, Bingo, Volleyball, Softball, and Horseshoe tournaments, a 5 and 10k and a kid's stage. There's a fiddler contest as well as a singer and songwriter competition, a competition for the most loveable dog and the first ever Fisherman's Rodeo.
The Fair starts today from noon to 8 p.m. and goes on Friday at the same time, on Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.
This year the Fair has just one gate price ticket that includes the concerts on Friday and Saturday.The costs vary by day, Thursday and Sunday go for $10 and Friday and Saturday cost $15. Children 12 and under go for $6 and you can get a 4-day pass for $40.
2009 fair schedule of events
July 30 - 12 to 8 p.m.
July 31 - 12 to 8 p.m.
August 1 - 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
August 2 - 12 to 4 p.m.
3 p.m. - Singer/Songwriter Competition. This competition has been a Fair favorite for several years. Country & bluegrass, blues & folk, and pop. This event will be judged live in Payson's Pavilion.
8 a.m. - Haines Hustle: 5K, 10K and half marathon run. Save time by downloading, printing and filling out the waiver before the race.
10 a.m. - Most Loveable Dog Contest. Bring your leashed pal to the Fire Station at 10 a.m. for registration and maybe even win a prize. You can show off your loveable dog while you both march in the parade. Thank you to Carrie Kinison and Linda Anderson for organizing this event.
11 a.m. - Grand Parade, Starts at the Fire Hall. Lots of divisions to enter with prizes for the best entry. Thank you to Gina and Jerry Erny for sponsoring this time honored tradition! Contact Lee Heimiller for more information.
12 p.m. - Guy Hoffman Horseshoe Tournament, sign up at the Klondike Saloon. Men and women's singles, cash prizes for winners, $5 entry fee. Thank you to Mountain Market and Dejon Delights for sponsoring this event.
1 p.m. - Logging Show. This annual competition brings everybody out of the woods. Events for both guys and gals. Sharpen that axe for the axe-throwing, and fine tune your favorite saw for bucking competitions.
2:15 p.m. - Fiddle Contest, sponsored by Tongass Business Center.
4:30 p.m. - Fisherman's Rodeo in Dalton City. Come test your net mending, gear baiting, and survival suit donning skills, and more! Cash and gear prizes to be won. Thank you to our sponsors Oleruds Inc and F/V Towego.
4:30 p.m. - Bingo at the American Legion. 2 sessions. Proceeds benefit the Southeast Alaska State Fair.
10 a.m. - Disc Golf Tournament
12 p.m. - Volleyball Tournament:
Contact Tomi Scovill at 766-2940 for more information.
Softball Tournament. Details TBA. Contact Tomi Scovill at 766-2940 for more information.
Kid's Stage open 1 to 2 p.m. daily for crafts and from 2 to 4 p.m. for entertainment.
Children's Carnival at Macpherson Barn. Thursday and Friday from 12 to 6 p.m., Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 12 to 3 p.m.. Carnival Games, petting zoo, fortune teller, music, face painting and more.
Sumo Wrestling. Bouts will happen throughout the fair.
Mechanical Bull. Rides will happen throughout the fair.
Take a ride on our Carousel, Ferris Wheel, and Train.
12 p.m. Christie Hays
12:45 p.m. Jeff Brown
1 p.m. Shaelaurel
2 p.m. Windy Mountain Boys
3 p.m. Love Life Music
4 p.m. Fishpickers
5 p.m. Slow Gun Runners
6 p.m. Plaid
7 p.m. Chill Kats
12 p.m. Yees Ku Oo Dancers
12:30 p.m. Women's Acapella Group
1 p.m. Shaelaurel
1:45 p.m. Jeff Brown
2 p.m. Nicole Edwards Trio
3 p.m. Singer/Songwriter Competition
4 p.m. Circus Contraption
5 p.m. Contra/Square Dance with Sweet Sunny North (Dalton City)
5 p.m. Slow Gun Runner
6 p.m. Nicole Fournier
7:30 p.m. Spoonshine
9:30 p.m. Whiskeydicks
12 p.m. Da Kwaan Dancers
Men of Note (Dalton City)
12:30 p.m. Shaelaurel
1 p.m. Salsa Lessons
1:45 p.m. Swing Set
2:15 p.m. Fiddle Contest
3 p.m. Circus Contraption
4 p.m. Nicole Fournier
4:30 p.m. Spoonshine
5:15 p.m. Love Life Music
6 p.m. Pamyua
8 p.m. Circus Contraption
9:30 p.m. Albino!
12 p.m. Nicole Edwards Gospel
12:30 p.m. Burl Sheldon
1:00 p.m. Circus Contraption Workshop
1 p.m. Salsa Lessons (Dalton City)
2 p.m. Pimentos
3 p.m. Shaelaurel
Nicole Edwards Kid Time
Balloonist Jeff Brown
Workshop with Shaelaurel
Workshop with Pamyua