Everyone knows having good plan is essential to a successful visit to the Alaska State Fair.
“You should always eat your dessert first,” said Anchorage’s Karen Eckman, a Chugiak native who started last Sunday, Aug. 28, sharing a Denali Cream Puff with her husband, Eric, and their 18-month-old daughter, Amelia.
Kick-starting a day at the fair with one of the oversized cream-filled pastries seems to be a trend this season. Eagle River’s Ashley Bennett, who sold the Eckman’s their treat, said she also starts every morning she works the booth with a cream puff.
Outdoor painting requires a special set of tools. A portable easel is a must, as is a box for paint and brushes; many artists also use an umbrella, which keeps direct sunlight off their canvas as they work silently to capture the pastoral scenes around them.
It doesn’t hurt to pack some heat, either.
“I carry a big firearm and mace with me all the time,” said Chugiak’s Greg Bombeck, whose travels in search of the perfect landscape often take him into prime Chugach State Park bear country.
Chugiak continued its football dominance over Eagle River on Aug. 19, rallying for a 35-14 win at Chugiak.
“We knew we could come back and win it,” said Chugiak running back Justin Schneider, who finished with a game-high 175 rushing yards.
Schneider’s two-yard touchdown run with 4:42 left in the third quarter proved to be the game-winner. The big score came less than a minute after Eagle River grabbed its first second-half lead in the series on a 30-yard touchdown pass from Peter Kott to Kelechi Madubuko that made it 14-13 Wolves.
Trick or Treat in the Heat, a fundraiser for the Hospice of Anchorage, Ronald McDonald House and Make-A-Wish Foundation, will be held in the Eaglewood subdivision of Eagle River on Sunday, Sept. 11. Blue wristbands, which serve as tickets for the event, can be purchased for $10 at House of Bounce, Picture This and The Crave.
All of the proceeds go to one of the three charities, said event creator Sean Robbins.
Members of the winning football team walked off their home turf Friday night with sadness. Instead of the usual rush to meet adoring families and girlfriends and pals, the boys shuffled slow and quiet, some pausing in the shadows cast by empty bleachers to wipe their eyes and breathe.
Soon after Kyle Frost was walking, he knew what his life’s passion was — aviation. On Saturday, Aug. 13, Frost took a major step toward turning that passion into a career by earning his private pilot’s license at age 17.
“I’ve known I’ve wanted to fly since before I was four years old,” said the Eagle River High junior. “Now that I’m old enough to do it, I just went out and did it.”
Few people Frost’s age get their pilot’s license, said Patrick O’Hare, who’s been an instructor since 1975.
“He should be proud of what he accomplished,” O’Hare said.
Palmer may be home to the Alaska State Fair, but the fun comes from Chugiak.
It’s been that way since 1967, when Paige Morton founded Golden Wheel Amusements after traveling to Anchorage from Washington state one winter to purchase a carnival ride. Morton’s daughter, Jacqueline Leavitt, said her mom bought the ride (“The Octopus”), but was persuaded by locals to stick around for the upcoming Fur Rendezvous.