Letter: Get your fair face on

Get your fair face on

Kenai Peninsula Fair has been a community hub for individuals and organizations of the lower Kenai Peninsula for over 65 years. The fair has supported countless non-profits, sports teams, and youth groups with both cash, in kind donations, and a location to hold events every year. The annual fair itself showcases 4H, hundreds of exhibitors, rodeo, local entertainers, food, crafts and arts.

The Fair Association and its facilities in Ninilchik has, over the decades, received generous contributions, grants and donations from the government, state, sponsors, businesses and foundations, all of which has allowed us to improve the grounds and continue to offer our support in many ways to the myriad groups that utilize the facility. Many of these groups are deeply connected to our mission and form a dynamic symbiotic relationship with the fair association.

In light of the tightening economic dynamics in the state, the funding, that was once readily available to the fair as well as too many of our local non-profits, is no longer forthcoming. We are now required to be ever more resourceful, energetic and proficient. We are committed to maintaining our vitality and our perpetual viability as a place of support, interaction and mutual relationship with the people and groups that have been such a primary part of the fair for decades.

Our annual fundraiser is scheduled for March 3rd. While this event has been a critical gathering of fair association members and supporters and a source of a percentage of our income, it is now a critical component of our economic stability.

We would like to invite you to help us continue in our long standing, community oriented mission by supporting our elegant event. In keeping with the fair theme for this year, “Get Your Fair Face On,” we are holding a semi-formal masquerade night. Entertainment will be provided by the woodwind ensemble “Windsong” followed by an engaging live auction. There will be appetizers and desserts, as well as spirited drinks for purchase. Unique and high quality items will be available in our silent, live, and basket auctions. Masks for this event are optional, but we will be giving out a prize for the best mask.

The event will run from 6-9 p.m. on March 3. We welcome any combination of contributions, donations and participation. We deeply appreciate the continued support of our community for the Kenai Peninsula Fair association.

Thank you for your continued support,

Jim Stearns, Kenai Peninsula Fair Board President

Tiffany Sherman, Kenai Peninsula Fair Manager