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Fort Wainwright Army Alaska opens gates to the community for summer concert

Published: Jun. 8, 2022 at 5:11 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Summertime in Alaska has finally arrived - and with it comes barbecues, mosquito dope (repellent), and of course summer concerts.

Now that COVID-19 restrictions have finally lifted across the country, Fort Wainwright Army Post, Alaska is now able to open the gates to celebrate summer with the community.

On Friday, June 10, 2022, the annual Fort Wainwright Summer Concert will take place at the Chena Bend Golf Course. Headlining the event this year will be 21-year-old 24K Golden from San Francisco. His hit single “Mood” spent eight weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

The other guest artist accompanying 24K Golden will be a platinum-selling recording artist from Louisiana, Hunter Hayes.

This will be the first time since 2019 that the Fort Wainwright Summer Concert will be open to the public. Angela Coltellaro, Community Recreation Coordinator with U.S Army Morale Welfare Recreation (MWR) told us about the event, saying “24K Golden is best known for his song “Mood,” and another song “Valentino. “Hunter Hayes, you may know him, he has a new album out, “Wild Blue.” He [also] has a little bit older songs called “Wanted,” and “I Want Crazy.”

Coltellaro says this is an all-ages event. Those 14 and older must purchase a ticket and be accompanied by an adult.

“We are really excited to have the gates open again and invite everyone out for a great day of food trucks, romper room, bouncies, and just good family fun for all ages,” Coltellaro said.

Access to the concert will only be allowed through the Badger Gate. Coltellaro says there will be signs to direct concert-goers to parking. “You don’t need to go through the Visitor Center at the Main Gate,” she explained. “Go to Badger Gate, come in, follow the directional signs through the event parking area, and walk across the street to the venue.

Access to concert will only be allowed through Badger Gate Entrance.
Access to concert will only be allowed through Badger Gate Entrance.(U.S Army MWR)

Coltellaro wanted to add that no outside food or drinks are allowed at the concert, but several food trucks will be on-site as well as drinks for those 21-years or older.

There is also a list of prohibited items that are not allowed and Coltellaro encourages everyone to look that over before entering the installation. The list can be found here at this website: https://wainwright.armymwr.com/

“Even though Marijuana is legal in our state, this is Federal property and it is not an item that we can bring on the installation,” Coltellaro explained.

Tickets can be purchased on the website through June 8th, 2022, or at The Last Frontier Community Center by close of business on June 9th at 6 p.m. or at the event itself.

Those who want to attend are encouraged to “BYOL” or Bring Your Own Lawn chair, or blankets, as this is an open seating event.

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