Separated from the Alaska mainland by fjords and steep mountains, Southeast Alaska developed its own “state fair” 50 years ago. In the words of one of its annual themes, the Haines-based fair really does “soak in Southeast.”
Alaska is so big that many of its far-flung regions hold their own “state fair,” complete with regional craft exhibits, livestock, music, food and friendly competitions and contests. (Exhibit winners advance for judging at the state’s main state fair in Palmer.) Since 1969, the Southeast Alaska State Fair – an event that includes a logging contest and commercial fishermen’s rodeo – has been held at the sprawling fairgrounds in Haines. It’s the town’s biggest annual party, with a daily ticket price including main stage acts that play late into the night. Celebrated during four days in late July, the fair offers a great opportunity to meet locals, sample regional cuisine and get a taste of the Panhandle.