The Alaska State Fair to run Thursday through Sunday in Haines

    Fair Executive Director Jessica Edwards detailed the entertainment and activities taking place at the fair alongside the expected smattering of rides and food.

    The Alaska State Fair in Haines kicks off Thursday and runs through Sunday.

    The parade is Saturday and includes the Juneau Community Band.

    There's also some new features this year in addition to the rides, animals, and fair food from 19 vendors.

    Fair Executive Director Jessica Edwards was the guest on Capital Chat Wednesday.

    "We have a beach wrestling contest on Friday at 4 p.m.," announced Edwards. "There's no experience required, and it's run by our Haines High School wrestling coach. For a great way to start Saturday morning, we're going to have a 5k, a 10k, and an awesome trail house marathon; all the courses are scenic and you get a t-shirt. If you've got a talent, you might want to participate 6 p.m. Thursday evening. There are two $400 grand prize for best youth and best adult. Friday will have a singer-songwriter competition and a loveable dog contest. There's horseshoes, a fiddle contest, you can learn about Tlingit dancing this year, and there's a disc golf tournament. But, let me get to our headlining act; we are so excited for Martin Sexton, who is going to play from 7 to 7:30 p.m. He's an incredible vocalist and guitarist who has toured all over the world, and he's just amazing. Right after that, we have Wet City Rockers, which is a great reggae band from Seattle that's really fun. Denali Cooks are also coming back to Haines, who are a kind-of famouse Alaska band from Anchorage. On Saturday, we have the Juneau Marimba Band, two circus acts, Satsang, John Brown's Body, and The Bad Tenants. We have Zumba Sunday morning, and the volunteer marching band from Juneau will be playing, and then we have the All Star Jam, which will be led by Larry Zarella of the Denali Cooks. All these musicians from all these bands get on stage and play a two hour set where they just jam together, and it's magical."

    Visit the Southeast Alaska Fair's website ( for more information, including lists of activities, entertainment, and admission prices.

    Listen for Juneau Radio Center's live broadcast from the Alaska State Fair in Haines on Friday afternoon

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