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Bringing live music to the Tanana Valley State Fair

Behind the sights and sounds of the Tanana Valley State Fair, local artists work to bring live...
Behind the sights and sounds of the Tanana Valley State Fair, local artists work to bring live shows and entertainment to attendees.(Alex Bengel/KTVF)
Published: Aug. 7, 2021 at 4:59 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Behind the sights and sounds of the Tanana Valley State Fair, local artists work to bring live shows and entertainment to attendees.

On two stages spaced out in the fairgrounds, the Usibelli Stage and the Denali State Bank Stage, musical artists from around the state trade off hour-long slots.

Dancing, singing, acting, instrumental... all kinds of performance are encouraged at the fair.

Coordinating, scheduling slots and sometimes even stepping up to the stage to fill empty time, those in charge of entertainment work throughout the fair to make the performances happen.

Nick Hudson, Entertainment Assistant for the fair said, “We have to keep it flowing and everything, but it’s been a fun experience having everyone in here.”

Hudson continued, “We’ve tried our best to reach out and get as many local artists in here as possible.” He added, “Rain, sleet or shine, people are happy to get out and make music, but I think that says a lot for the local community to have people come in and are willing to spend the time here, and we know the last year and a half has been hard on everyone, so we have appreciated the flexibility of local musicians to carve out the time.”

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