Join The Great Land Trust And The Alaska State Fair For The Sapling And Smolt Soirée

Contributed by Aileen Cole

If you love the outdoors, craft beer, family fun and good music, then you have got to put this event on your calendar! Great Land Trust and the Alaska State Fair are hosting the Sapling and Smolt Soirée on Sunday, August 28 at the fairgrounds. This pre-concert party for KONGOS and July Talk takes place from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Borealis Plaza Tent.

For every person who purchases KONGOS and July Talk tickets online and indicates they are a Great Land Trust supporter, the fair will donate $5 to support Great Land Trust’s work in the community. “We are thrilled to partner with the Alaska State Fair and the opportunity to support the work of talented artists like July Talk and KONGOS,” said Kim Sollien, Mat-Su program director. “We encourage everyone to come by, learn about how you are connected to Alaska’s lands and waterways, enjoy some craft beer, and get ready to listen to some great music!”  

"These are two great bands, a craft brew tasting and a wonderful cause that we are happy to support," said Dean Phipps, Director of Marketing and Communications for the Alaska State Fair. 

This event is free with fair admission and the beer tasting is $5, which includes six 3-ounce samples. Proceeds will benefit Great Land Trust, a nonprofit organization founded by Alaskans in 1995 to conserve lands and waters essential to our quality of life, and the economic health of our communities.

Come sample some amazing local brews at the craft beer tasting, featuring:

• Double Shovel Cider’s Appalanche Semi-Dry Cider and Forget-Me-Hopped Cider
• Midnight Sun Brewery’s Panty Peeler and Pleasure Town
• Arkose Brewing’s PXP (Palmer Extra Pale) and Sister City Raspberry Saison .

You’ll also find free family-friendly activities. Take a picture in the Alaska photo booth and spin the wheel to answer a trivia question about Alaska’s wild lands and waterways and win a prize!  

For more information, please contact Kim Sollien at or 907-746-6406.