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Fairbanks Community Celebration of the Arctic to be held May 10th


Fairbanks, Alaska (AK) – The Fairbanks Community Celebration of the Arctic takes place on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Follow the raven tracks from the Fairbanks Children’s Museum/Worthington Building down Cushman Street to the Doyon building to participate in a variety of Arctic-themed activities.


The Fairbanks Children’s Museum/Worthington Building will host three programs. At the museum, kids can partake in free children’s science activities including Hands on Permafrost Education, OneTree Forest Exploration, Virtual Reality Headset Experiences and more. The Arctic Business Showcase will feature close to 20 businesses including those focused on Arctic tours, Arctic energy and retail products that are cultivated in the Arctic. And lastly, on the second floor, you can listen to the community talk “Lessons from Iceland - How to Re-Invent an Economy.”


In the plaza adjacent to the Doyon Building will be an open-air food court consisting of eight concessionaires with a variety of local favorites like specialty tacos, cupcakes and fresh-popped kettle corn. The free entertainment stage schedule includes Fairbanks musical and performing artists Emily Anderson & Golden Heart Performing Arts, Pavva Iñupiaq Dancers, Cold Steel and Marc Brown & The Blues Crew. 


In the Chiefs Court of the Doyon Building you can explore the artwork and find a keepsake at the Alaska Native Artisan Show and Sale. Twenty-five Alaska Native artisans will have authentic work like beaded moose hide slippers and gloves, fur hats, earrings, necklaces, paintings and more on display.


The Fairbanks Community Celebration of the Arctic also offers over 20 door prizes from local merchants and businesses. The big door prizes include round-trip tickets on Ravn Alaska, an Arctic Circle Drive Adventure with Northern Alaska Tour Company and round-trip tickets to Denali compliments of the Alaska Railroad. There will also be an on-your-own “Arctic Crawl” featuring Arctic-themed adult beverages at participating downtown locations.


The Fairbanks Community Celebration of the Arctic’s goal is to illustrate the strong ties Fairbanks shares with the Arctic. Only 140 air miles and 195 road miles below the Arctic Circle, Fairbanks provides a basecamp for the Arctic and is the farthest north U.S. city with air, rail and road access. The Fairbanks Community Celebration of the Arctic encourages local residents, Week of the Arctic participants, Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting attendees and members of the press to come together to recognize, appreciate and celebrate the Arctic.


For more information on the celebration and a current schedule, visit www.explorefairbanks.com/events/arctic-celebration


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