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The Midnight Sun Festival returns to Fairbanks, Alaska

Thousands crowded 1st and 2nd Avenue in downtown Fairbanks to celebrate solstice weekend.
Thousands crowded 1st and 2nd Avenue in downtown Fairbanks to celebrate solstice weekend.(Sarah Hollister)
Updated: Jun. 21, 2021 at 6:44 AM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) -After a long dark year with canceled event after canceled events, Fairbanks was full of life as the community came together en masse at the Midnight Sun Festival.

Since 1983 the Golden Heart City has hosted the street fair in celebration of the summer solstice, but last year it was cancelled due to COVID-19.

There was something for everyone with bouncy houses for the little ones, three-on-three basketball games, face painting, caricature drawings, and henna art. For the food lovers, there was a variety of choices from tiny donuts, amazing Bar-B-Q, fresh lemonade, spinach bread, shaved ice, and more. If drinks were more your style, the festival offered a brewery tasting room, several drink patios, and boozy slushies.

Thousands of residents and visitors walked up and down 1st and 2nd avenue pausing at one of the two stages with non-stop live music throughout the day.

The event was located in Downtown Fairbanks between Cushman Street and Noble Street on First and Second Avenue.

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