PUBLISHED: 4:59 PM on Tuesday, August 1, 2006
Food & fun in the sun
Southeast Alaska State Fair

Photo by Rosie Milligan
  Nat Nichols chomps down on a turkey leg before attending to his plate of sweet potato fries Saturday, July 29, at the Southeast Alaska State Fair.
With clear skies and warm temperatures, the Southeast Alaska State Fair drew quite a crowd. The fair was held July 27-30 in Haines.

Events ranged from ax throwing and log cutting to a variety of entertainment, including Juneau Jumpers, a magician and several music acts. Animals and an array of arts and crafts showcased the talents of the surrounding area.

Alexandria Strong of Klukwan said she came to the fair with her mother and brother.

"We have to come every year. It's tradition," Strong said.

"I like all of the shops to see what everyone puts out."

Keith Imel of Juneau flew to Haines on Saturday to take advantage of the weather.

"It's a nice, sunny day, and this seemed like a summer thing to do," Imel said.

"I've been to the fair before, and it's very nice."

Shannon Spud of Klukwan the fair provides an opportunity for people from other communities to socialize.

"I like going and running into a lot of people that I haven't seen in a while," Spud said. "It's too hot, but I think it brought more people out because we haven't had this kind of weather in a while."

Along with vendors selling items such as clothing, lotion and toys, food also was the focus of the fair. Choices ranged from turkey legs and corn on the cob to Mexican food and sweet treats.

"Some people come out for the food alone," Strong said. "You can get stuff at the fair that you can't get anywhere else."