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Southeast Alaska: Magic Happens at the Fair


July 14, 2010

Haines, Alaska - What do North Carolina funk musicians Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band, a mechanical bull, and Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell have in common?

They're all slated to appear at the 42nd annual Southeast Alaska State Fair, held July 29 through Aug. 1 in Haines.

Parnell will serve as Grand Marshall for the fair's parade Saturday, July 31, staff in his office confirmed this week.

Headlining entertainers at the fair includes the six-member Booty Band, whose funky sound combines trombone, guitar, bongos, saxophone, bass and vocals; Trampled By Turtles, a hard-driving, bluegrass-inspired band from Duluth, Minnesota; Blue Scholars, a hip-hop duo from Seattle whose lyrics are at once personal, political and poetic; and solo guitar wizard Scott Huckabay.

NANDA, a troupe of four dancing, juggling, kung-fu acrobats from Washington state will perform a comedic, stunt-filled show. California Hula hoop artist Sprial, who has performed with the likes of India.Arie, Michael Franti and Spearhead, De La Soul, and the String Cheese Incident, will share her unique dance style, likely to inspire veteran and aspiring hula-hoopers.

Grammy-award winning Inuit musicians and storytellers Pamyua return to the fair's main stage, as does Washington blues diva Michelle Fournier. Both were popular with fairgoers in 2009.

Other local and regional acts include Ketchikan's own Ray Troll and the Ratfish Wranglers; Sasquatch Prom Date, Nicole Edwards and Dave Haddock of Whitehorse; blues-rock and reggae band the Thundercats and alt-country-rock musicians DNR of Juneau; and Haines favorites Swing Set, the Pimentos, and the HI-DE-HOs, among others.

This year's contests include a regional talent show called "Southeast's Got Talent" on July 29. The grand prize winner receives $500 and qualifies for the statewide "Alaska's Got Talent" contest Sept. 6 at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer. $250 will be provided for travel to Palmer.

Entries are due July 26. Forms are available at the fair's website, under the events tab.

The third annual Haines Hustle fun runs are scheduled for the morning of Saturday, July 31, and include 5K, 10K, and trail half marathon routes. Entry costs $10 if runners pre-register, or $12 on event day.

Fair parade floats will be judged, and entrants are encouraged to be creative with this year's theme: Magic Happens at the Fair.

Other favorite contests include Bingo; the Logging Show; a Fisherman's Rodeo with cash prizes and gear for the fastest to mend a net or get in and out of a survival suit; the most lovable dog contest; singer-songwriter and fiddle competitions; and horseshoe, volleyball, and disc golf tournaments.

Attractions include a food court and shopping, informational vendors, and rides, such as the antique carousel, a Ferris wheel, a mechanical bull, and, new this year, a bounce house and a bungee run. Children can make crafts at the kid's stage or play carnival games such as the potty toss or darts nearby.

The fair's central facility, Harriett Hall, will be filled with exhibits from around the region, including quilts and needlework; photography; fine arts; Native style arts; hobbies and crafts; school projects; crops, vegetables and flower; and baked goods and preserved foods, among others.

A new baking contest, the Southeast Alaska State Fair Festival of Breads, is sponsored by Fleischmann's Yeast. Prizes will be awarded to winners in the professional, senior, and junior divisions.

Contact the fair office at 766-2476 about exhibit deadlines and shipping, which is available free from many towns in Southeast.

McPherson Barn will lodge animals on display, including alpacas, goats, ponies, sheep, ducks, turkeys, chickens, and bunnies. Goat milking and wool carding demonstrations will be scheduled, and the state Cooperative Extension service will talk about 4-H. Residents will give talks about the role raising animals plays in living sustainability.



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