Tanana Valley State Fair returns in 2021 for 97th season
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The board of directors for the nonprofit Tanana Valley State Fair Association (TVSFA) announced in a press release Friday that the Tanana Valley State Fair will be hosted once again in 2021, after being cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns in 2020. The fair will run from July 30 - August 8.
The fair theme this year will be ‘Don’t Stop Be-leafin’ and will include 30 new vendors that have either never previously participated in the fair, or are returning after several years of absence.
“We’ve been getting the question since the fall,” said Mahla Strohmaier, Executive Director of the Tanana Valley State Fair Association, “Will we be having a fair next year? What we’ve been saying is that we’re planning for a Fair, but would make a formal decision by the end of May. The Board decided, and we’re thrilled that we can finally answer that question with a big yes! We are excited to continue our efforts to rejuvenate the Tanana Valley State Fair back to the biggest, best celebration of summer in the Interior.”
According to the release, fair staff will work towards a number of COVID-19 safety measures during the fair, including encouraging social distancing in vendor booths placement, how exhibits are displayed, on the midway, and throughout the fairgrounds. The TVSFA will also be adhering to the most updated CDC guidelines in place during the fair. TVSFA will have a number of hand-wash stations located around the fairgrounds, thanks to generous donations from GCI and the UAF Institute of Agriculture, Natural Resources & Extension.
“We are hopeful that the Fair brings a lot of joy and tradition back to summer,” said Strohmaier. “While we acknowledge that the challenges associated with COVID-19 are not over, our staff and board are committed to putting on a Fair that celebrates our incredible community, highlights the amazing resilience we have all shown over the last 15 months, and most of all demonstrates that we have so much to be thankful for now and on our way to Fair’s 100th birthday in 2024.”
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