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Oxygen & Octane Expo kicks off winter, PFD season!

WHAT: Oxygen & Octane Expo

WHEN: October 5, 6, 7, 2012

WHERE: Dena’ina Center, 7th Ave. Anchorage, Alaska

Oxygen & Octane Expo

Dates and Times

October 5: 4-8 p.m.

October 6: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

October 7: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Admission is FREE!

FREE parking available

LOCATION

Dena’ina Convention Center 600 West Seventh Ave. Anchorage, Alaska 99501

ON THE WEB

www.oxygenandoctane.com

www.coast-magazine.com

www.RideAlaska.com

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

You won’t want to miss...

• The Big O film show is back! Cash and prizes await the producers of local video projects that focus on adventuring in Alaska.

• Dean Cummings and Sierra Quitiquit are film fest judges

• Cummings will host his Steep Life Protocols clinics

• Snow safety, tuning, riding seminars and more

• Sled dog puppies!

• ASSA snowmachine and gear swap meet on 7th Ave. We’ve closed the road to host the swap!

• Win free catskiing with CPG

• Iron Dog meet-n-greet with current and former champs

• Win a free snowboard and alpine gear, free lift passes to Alyeska, Hilltop, Arctic Valley

• Snowmachine raffle

• Daily door prizes and raffles for trips, gear, ski passes and much more!

• The Alaska SnowRider stage featuring Snowshoe Shufflers can-can dancers from the Yukon, fashion show and a bevy of other acts

• Snowmachine dealers will have the latest sleds, technology and discounts

• Ski and snowboard dealers and gear

• Outfitters with clearance racks and the best deals on gear all year

• Beer Garden to relax, enjoy the show and help you get to know the winter recreation experts

• Money cube!

• Food and concessions

• The best deals all season on sleds and gear

• On-site financing available

• Booth-side seminars on snow safety, riding and skiing tips and more!

The Big O Film Show

WHAT

     An adventure film festival. The Big O Film Show features some of the best video shorts either produced by Alaskans or filmed in Alaska. A vetted collection of submissions will be shown on Oct. 6-7, and the videos will be judged by the viewing audience as well as by a celebrity panel of judges. Videographers have the opportunity to win thousands in cash and prizes, and possibly carry home the Viewer’s Choice trophy for the 2012 Big O Film Show. For submission guidelines, please browse www.oxygenandoctane.com. Selected movies from Warren Miller, CPG, H2O Guides, Iron Dog and more will also be shown at the film fest.

WHEN

     Videos will be shown throughout the entire three-day Oxygen & Octane Expo, Oct. 5-7, with the film fest videos being aired on Saturday, Oct. 6. Judging - and voting by the audience - will immediately follow the videos. An encore presentation of the winners will air on Sunday, Oct. 7. All times are TBA, but please browse www.oxygenandoctane.com for details, or check us out on Facebook for the latest updates.

WHERE

     Dena’ina Center in downtown Anchorage.

HOW

     Download the rules and entry forms at www.oxygenandoctane.com, submit your video adventure short by the Sept. 28 deadline and let folks know about the film fest so they will vote for your entry.

COST

     The film fest is free and open to the public, and there is no cost to submit a video for the fest. Please see rules and details at www.oxygenandoctane.com, under the Film Fest tab.

CONTACT

     For more information on the film fest, please browse www.oxygenandoctane.com, www.coast-magazine.com or www.RideAlaska.com. Or contact Josh at JGS Concepts: josh@jgsconcepts.com.

THE LINE-UP (so far!)

"Black Sunday," Hybrid Color Films • "Superheros of Stoke," Matchstick Productions • "Brothers on the Run," Red Bull/Travis Rice, John and Eric Jackson (new edit!) • “Alaska Downhill Brigade,” JGS Concepts • “She Jumps” • “Turnagain Hardcore” (new edits!) • Dmitry Surnin/High Peak Productions • “Self Edit,” Kyle Armbrust • “Avalon7,” Rob Kingwell and Mike Basich • “Hatcher Pass” • “Trapper Creek Fun Hogs” • “7 Days to Survive” (encore), 59th Parallel/Iron Dog • “Arctic Man” • Warren Miller...and many more! *Not all of these videos are entered into the fest. Videos will be shown at various times throughout the Expo

Oxygen & Octane Expo welcomes winter

ANCHORAGE’S PREMIER winter sports and recreation show, the Oxygen & Octane Expo, will make a fifth appearance on Oct. 5-7 at the Dena’ina Center in downtown Anchorage. The “Big O” has become a fixture in the expo arena, and plans are in store to make 2012 the biggest and best event to date.

        Oxygen & Octane boasts the largest showroom of all things related to the enjoyment of Alaska’s longest (and, some would argue, most fun) season. The expo incorporates oxygen-related winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding and dog sledding, with octane-induced hobbies such as snowmachining and racing. For three days in October the Dena’ina Center is packed with sports equipment dealers, club representatives, lodge owners and service providers who are all offering some of the best deals on skis, active outerwear, helmets and goggles, lodging and even season passes to local ski areas.

     “Alyeska Resort, Hilltop and Arctic Valley, as well as a selection of heli-skiing operators, will all have early-bird deals on season passes and ski and snowboard trip packages,” said John Woodbury, expo founder. “Skiing was epic last winter, and the ski areas and heli-guides were having record seasons. You know you are going to ski or board this season, so why not take advantage of the Big O show deals? Your powder smile may just grow a little bit wider knowing you are skiing on the cheaps.”

     Similarly, the major snowmachine manufacturers are represented and standing by to finalize orders for new machines right there in the expo. PFD funds hit bank accounts just one day before the expo opens, and snowmachine staff is ready to offer great deals for top-of-the-line machines. Some dealers have been known to sell 10 or more sleds in a single day because there’s truly no better place or time to buy. Also standing by are lending institutions who are poised to offer on-site financing so buyers can truly one-stop shop at the Big O.

     “All the dealers in the Expo offer up some of the best deals all season,” said Woodbury. “Combine the ease of on-site financing with both the local and national promotions, and you quickly run out of excuses not to buy a new sled this year.

     “And hey, if the upcoming winter is going to be anything like last winter, you really, really do not want to be that rider digging out the old short-track Rupp after every powder turn,” he said. “Snowmachine manufacturers are offering solid early season promos designed to make it as easy and affordable as possible to upgrade your sled this season,” Woodbury said.

     For those who simply want something fun to do with the family on the weekend, Big O should be at the top of those plans. The expo has always been a free, public event. There’s no cover charge to browse all the winter sports-related displays. Watching the daily stage performances, listening to live music and participating in numerous drawings is also free. Lucky guests will also walk away with free ski passes, winter get-a-ways to lodges and resorts, new snowboards and tons of other prizes. There are also snowmachine and gear raffles at the Expo that benefit clubs and charities.

     “We’ve given away tens of thousands of dollars worth of door prizes at the Big O shows, and this year we already have a bumper crop of goodies both vendors and expo-goers will win,” said Woodbury. “It’s ridiculously easy to win. Some contest are based on the whim of the expo deejay, some will be focused on our web and Facebook pages, and some will be enter-to-win offers or doled out during our live radio remotes. The best way to win is to be at the expo, visit the vendor booths and check out their wares – and their contests.”

     Multiple clubs and associations raffle snowmachines. The funds raised support club activities, and a couple of lucky expo-goers could be the winners. Visit the Anchorage Snowmobile Club and Alaska Motor Mushers Club booths to see what make and model they’re offering this year.

     Kids love the climbing wall, and typically Anchorage Parks and Recreation makes an appearance with games and activities. The sled dog puppies are always a huge hit, and kids can’t seem to get enough of “riding” on the cool, new ATVs, snowmachines and side-by-sides. They love to pretend while mom and dad go over the machine’s specs and sale price.

     For a little down time, Oxygen & Octane includes a beer garden, perfectly situated in front of the stage. And new for 2012 is a winter sports film festival that will showcase local and national adventure shorts.

     “The Big O Film Show focuses on locally filmed or locally produced video shorts, and this year we up the ante with cash awards as well as other prizes,” Woodbury said. “ We already have a few top-notch entries, so I expect the judges will have some tough decisions ahead of them. We are still accepting entries, and the folks at JGS Concepts will be running the film fest this year, while the judges and Adventure Media staff will vet the entries and make selections for the show. The public is also encouraged to vote for the Viewer’s Choice award, and expect some surprise guests at the film show. Audience members and voters will also have a chance to win some fun prizes as well.”

     Details on how to submit a video short can be found at www.oxygenandoctane.com, www.coast-magazine.com or www.Ride-Alaska.com.

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