Ninilchik Fair shines without the sun

Posted: Tuesday, August 26, 2003

The weather may not have been as enticing as some of the summer days of 2003, but there was no shortage of fun and activities at this year's State Fair in Ninilchik.

According to fair director Mary Clock, overall attendance may have been off about 20% from last year, but the wet weather may not have been the reason, "Saturday, which was the rainiest day, we had more people than on Sunday which was actually a pretty nice day. It was amazing how many people were here Saturday having fun in the rain," said Clock. The rain let up by Saturday night and several hundred people were able to enjoy the fireworks display.


Mechanical bull prevailed after hundreds of riders took soft landings at the Ninilchik Fair.

While there were just as many vendors this year, Clock said that there seemed to be more informational and a fewer less craft booths than last year.


From dancing and musical groups to veggies and artists there was no shortage of things to enjoy at the fair.

Over all everyone agreed that it was the Kenai Peninsula's best State Fair ever, and everything from the more than 20 musical and dance performances to the lumberjack competition went off without a hitch. The additions of the bucking mechanical bull, and the Imaginarium Science Discovery Center added to the fun for all ages.


Martha Merry of Soldotna demonstrates spinning the old fashioned way at the Ninilchik Fair.

"The credit goes to our army of volunteers that made it happen, there must have been at least 150 of them. I really want to say thank you to all of them," said Clock, who has been director of Alaska's Biggest Little Fair for the last four years.

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