Story last updated at 7/18/2012 - 5:23 pm
Want to take your Zombie Pub-Crawl to the next level? The Southeast Alaska State Fair - with the 2012 theme of "Fair Like There's No Tomorrow" ala apocalypse fears - is offering a new event this year. The Zombie Adventure race will feature an obstacle course race, where zombie-clad fairgoers will climb over objects, through the mud and will be sporting flag football races. Those flags? They're your life. Another zombie steals your flag, well, there went your braaiiinnns. Better luck next apocalypse.
"It's pretty popular in other areas," said Jessica Edwards, Southeast Alaska State Fair assistant director. "We have interest in it already."
Edwards said a fair board member, who's in his 20s, came up with the idea to meet the fair theme.
Zombie fascination is growing across the nation with zombie-themed pub-crawls, events and video games creeping up.
Other races include the Haines Hustle 5K, 10K and Trail Half-Marathon.
Zombies not your thing? Southeast's favorite fashion trends will be hitting the stage as well with the Wearable Arts Review. This review will be new to the Southeast Alaska State Fair - in its 44th year - with entries and designs from Juneau and Ketchikan shows.
"We also have some new designs in the show from the Upper Lynn Canal - Skagway and Haines," Edwards said.
The fair, as usual, will be jam-packed with a variety of entertainment, exhibits, crafts and children's activities.
The National Guard is bringing several "cool things," including a 50-foot obstacle course, climbing wall, the National Guard NASCAR car, and a helicopter.
Fair attractions also include inflatable rides for adults and older kids - including a jousting game (you stand on a pillar and try to knock your opponent off with a huge padded stick) and a bungee run, among others.
What else to expect?
"It's a lot of things," Edwards said. "We have excellent entertainment. We have a great schedule of main-stage entertainment."
Those include reggae artist Clinton Fearon, Larry and His Flask (country), Eric McFadden (rock/funk guitarist), Pendulum Aerial Arts (acrobats) and a myriad of other artists. Local acts include Local acts in the lineup include Adam Wood, Fire on McGinnis, George Kuhar, The Swing Set, Onward, Etc., The Windy Valley Boys, TAFY Star Dancers, The Juneau Jumpers, and others.
Want to show of your own gig? There's also a talent show. There's a $500 grand prize for that, and the winner qualifies for the Alaska State Fair talent show.
Other events include logging activities (axe throwing, log rolling, etc.,) and a fisherman's rodeo (fish trivia, net mending, other related contests).
Arts and crafts exhibits will be in Harriett Hall.
There also are children's activities, which includes a carnival, as well as free arts and crafts each day. There will be bubble-making, workshops for youth and animal exhibits.
"It's a really fun, diverse, four-day thing," Edwards said. "This sounds really cheesy but there's really something for the whole family."
Edwards said the fair proves interesting for Haines, a town of 2,500 residents. The fair brought about 11,000 people through the gates over the four days of the event last year, and expects to do the same or maybe a few more this year.
"Last year was actually a record year for us," she said. "It's been growing. We're expecting similar numbers this year. That's a big event for a small town. We don't have a ton of lodging, so it's always interesting. People camp, it's fun."