'Another successful year': 2019 Alaska State Fair sees spike in ticket sales
The Alaska State Fair said it was another successful year hosting the state's largest annual event.
In a Friday announcement, the fair said around 303,989 people showed up at the 2019 state fair — a 2.8% increase from last year.
Ticket sales at the ConocoPhillips Borealis Theatre also went up 6.8%, which the fair said was driven by popular acts such as Dustin Lynch, who drew more than 5,200 concertgoers. The Shinedown and Cole Swindell performances nearly sold out.
Other gains for the fair included selling out the BP Grandstand for the Demolition Derby and all three All Star Monster Trucks shows. Farm exhibits in the 4-H Junior Market Livestock Auction set record sales, raising $257,000 from 76 animals this year, which is $33,000 more than 2018.
New records were also set in the crops department with 10 new state records in the first and second entries, including melon, garlic, quinoa, sunflower, ginseng, hot pepper and pumpkin.
The fair said a lot of excitement was had at the 14th annual Alaska's Midnight Sun Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off. Dale Marshall took first place with a record-breaking pumpkin weighing 2,051 pounds. Second place went to junior grower Thomas Whitmire and his 280-pound entry.
No new state records were set in the 24th annual Giant Cabbage Weigh-Off, but Walter Chastain of Wasilla won first place for his 77.5-pound cabbage.
“A big thank you for another great year. Whether you enjoyed old favorites or experienced a new adventure, we hope you enjoyed the 2019 Fair,” said Jerome Hertel, the fair's general manager. “To our employees, volunteers, vendors, entertainers, sponsors and, of course, our loyal customers, your efforts and attendance are greatly appreciated. Your hard work and dedication have made for another successful year.”
More details about the 2019 Alaska State Fair can be found on the fair's website.
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