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The 41st annual Southeast Alaska State Fair will be held in Haines July 30 through August 2. This year's theme is "May the Fair be with you" and the fair will feature music, contests, food, workshops and activities for all ages. For more information, visit www.seakfair.org. Follow the fair happenings with the CCW at juneaublogger.com/preview.
'May the fair be with you' 072909 AE 2 Capital City Weekly The 41st annual Southeast Alaska State Fair will be held in Haines July 30 through August 2. This year's theme is "May the Fair be with you" and the fair will feature music, contests, food, workshops and activities for all ages. For more information, visit www.seakfair.org. Follow the fair happenings with the CCW at juneaublogger.com/preview.

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ALBINO! is a ten-piece Afrobeat ensemble that honors the fiery legacy of Nigerian musical revolutionary Fela Kuti. Their high-energy grooves and explosive stage show thick with hypnotic percussion, a heavy horn section, African dance, outrageous costumes, and infectious group choreography have established the band as the West Coast's premier Afrobeat act. ALBINO! will perform at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday.


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Slow Gun Runner, from Juneau, Alaska-amidst the cold rain, mountains and snow-is a rock, reggae vibe was cultured from close knit, small-town connections and a love for music. Two members, Niki Skeek and Dave Pilchard, meshed their previous ventures with the solid rock foundation of Jeff Goetz and the reggae lovin' Chris Lamb. The sound that has been and continues to ferment is original, smooth, but truly soulful rock at its core. Slow Gun Runner will perform at 5 p.m. on Friday.


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SUMMY Award-winning "Blueswoman of the Year" in 1999 and multiple nominee by the Washington Blues Society for her singing, guitar playing and her two CDs, Nicole Fournier has been entertaining audiences for many years with her "searing, stinging guitar and heart-felt vocals." See Fournier perform at 4 p.m. on Saturday.


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It is Pamyua's enchanting Inuit harmonies, the sound of the didgeridoo, and the thunderous roll of the African djembe that causes a rich explosion of cultures. The group performs in many ways, one as an acappella group in which traditional Inuit songs are mixed into a unique classification of sound. The well-mixed sound re-interrupts what cultural music is all about. Pamyua will perform at 6 p.m. on Saturday.


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The physical things that make up Spoonshine's sound are vocal harmonies, mandolin, guitar, upright bass and drums. But that doesn't describe what it sounds like when it all comes together. At times, they evoke the spirit of an old time string band, with the acoustic roots of bluegrass and folk music clearly present, but with the drive of rollicking drums pushing it along at breakneck speeds. At other times the sound combines with roots rock, and even punk influences. Spoonshine will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.


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The WhiskeyDicks are a group of Celtic gypsy punk rockers who have spent the better part of a decade carving a reputation for themselves as "one hell of a good time." The group bridges the gap between traditional and modern popular music with an enthusiasm that is contagious and eclecticism that knows no bounds. With nearly a dozen degrees in music under their collective belt, the band's members take what they have learned in the universities and bring it to the stage. They will perform at 9:30 p.m. on Friday.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

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'May the fair be with you'

The 41st annual Southeast Alaska State Fair will be held in Haines July 30 through August 2. This year's theme is "May the Fair be with you" and the fair will feature music, contests, food, workshops and activities for all ages. For more information, visit www.seakfair.org. Follow the fair happenings with the CCW at juneaublogger.com/preview.

Fair Hours

July 30 - 12 to 8 p.m.

July 31 - 12 to 8 p.m.

August 1 - 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

August 2 - 12 to 4 p.m.

Activities Schedule

July 31

3 p.m. - Singer/Songwriter Competition. This competition has been a Fair favorite for several years. Country & bluegrass, blues & folk, and pop. This event will be judged live in Payson's Pavilion.

August 1

8 a.m. - Haines Hustle: 5K, 10K and half marathon run. Save time by downloading, printing and filling out the waiver before the race.

10 a.m. - Most Loveable Dog Contest. Bring your leashed pal to the Fire Station at 10 a.m. for registration and maybe even win a prize. You can show off your loveable dog while you both march in the parade. Thank you to Carrie Kinison and Linda Anderson for organizing this event.

11 a.m. - Grand Parade, Starts at the Fire Hall. Lots of divisions to enter with prizes for the best entry. Thank you to Gina and Jerry Erny for sponsoring this time honored tradition! Contact Lee Heimiller for more information.

12 p.m. - Guy Hoffman Horseshoe Tournament, sign up at the Klondike Saloon. Men and women's singles, cash prizes for winners, $5 entry fee. Thank you to Mountain Market and Dejon Delights for sponsoring this event.

1 p.m. - Logging Show. This annual competition brings everybody out of the woods. Events for both guys and gals. Sharpen that axe for the axe-throwing, and fine tune your favorite saw for bucking competitions.

2:15 p.m. - Fiddle Contest, sponsored by Tongass Business Center.

4:30 p.m. - Fisherman's Rodeo in Dalton City. Come test your net mending, gear baiting, and survival suit donning skills, and more! Cash and gear prizes to be won. Thank you to our sponsors Oleruds Inc and F/V Towego.

4:30 p.m. - Bingo at the American Legion. 2 sessions. Proceeds benefit the Southeast Alaska State Fair.

August 2

10 a.m. - Disc Golf Tournament

12 p.m. - Volleyball Tournament:

Contact Tomi Scovill at 766-2940 for more information.

Ongoing

• Softball Tournament. Details TBA. Contact Tomi Scovill at 766-2940 for more information.

• Kid's Stage open 1 to 2 p.m. daily for crafts and from 2 to 4 p.m. for entertainment.

• Children's Carnival at Macpherson Barn. Thursday and Friday from 12 to 6 p.m., Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 12 to 3 p.m.. Carnival Games, petting zoo, fortune teller, music, face painting and more.

• Sumo Wrestling. Bouts will happen throughout the fair.

• Mechanical Bull. Rides will happen throughout the fair.

• Take a ride on our Carousel, Ferris Wheel, and Train.

Entertainment Schedule

July 30

12 p.m. Christie Hays

12:45 p.m. Jeff Brown

1 p.m. Shaelaurel

2 p.m. Windy Mountain Boys

3 p.m. Love Life Music

4 p.m. Fishpickers

5 p.m. Slow Gun Runners

6 p.m. Plaid

7 p.m. Chill Kats

July 31

12 p.m. Yees Ku Oo Dancers

12:30 p.m. Women's Acapella Group

1 p.m. Shaelaurel

1:45 p.m. Jeff Brown

2 p.m. Nicole Edwards Trio

3 p.m. Singer/Songwriter Competition

4 p.m. Circus Contraption

5 p.m. Contra/Square Dance with Sweet Sunny North (Dalton City)

5 p.m. Slow Gun Runner

6 p.m. Nicole Fournier

7:30 p.m. Spoonshine

9:30 p.m. Whiskeydicks

August 1

12 p.m. Da Kwaan Dancers

Men of Note (Dalton City)

12:30 p.m. Shaelaurel

1 p.m. Salsa Lessons

1:45 p.m. Swing Set

2:15 p.m. Fiddle Contest

3 p.m. Circus Contraption

4 p.m. Nicole Fournier

4:30 p.m. Spoonshine

5:15 p.m. Love Life Music

6 p.m. Pamyua

8 p.m. Circus Contraption

9:30 p.m. Albino!

August 2

12 p.m. Nicole Edwards Gospel

12:30 p.m. Burl Sheldon

1:00 p.m. Circus Contraption Workshop

1 p.m. Salsa Lessons (Dalton City)

2 p.m. Pimentos

3 p.m. Shaelaurel

Kid's Stage/Workshops:

Nicole Edwards Kid Time

Balloonist Jeff Brown

Workshop with Shaelaurel

Workshop with Pamyua


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