UAF Day at the fair scheduled for Aug. 2

two people stand on either side of a polar bear mascot with a large inflatable polar bear behind them
UAF photo by Leif Van Cise
Owen Bradley and Theresa Bakker stand with Nook during the 2021 Tanana Valley State Fair.

The University of Alaska Fairbanks will host UAF Day at the Tanana Valley State Fair on Tuesday, Aug. 2.

UAF employees, students, alumni and friends will receive $1 off admission by wearing UAF apparel or showing their PolarExpress card. The day will include UAF activities throughout the fairgrounds.

The University Fire Department ladder truck and giant inflatable Nanook will be set up in Totem Square from noon to 7 p.m. Nook, UAF’s mascot, will make appearances throughout the day. The bookstore will be on site selling UAF merchandise.

Inside the Borealis Pavilion, UAF will have several special exhibits and activities:

  •     See this year’s award-winning steel bridge.
  •     Engineer and build spaghetti bridges.
  •     Learn about unmanned aircraft.
  •     Prepare for a wildfire near your home in virtual reality.
  •     Try out mountaineering and packrafting gear.

In addition to these special activities, UAF also will have several booths at the Borealis Pavilion throughout the fair. Visitors can learn about applying to UAF, try on a career with the UAF Community and Technical College, learn about 3D printing and find more than 125 free UAF Cooperative Extension Service publications covering gardening, energy, food preparation and more.

Cooperative Extension will host several 4-H activities on UAF Day, such as a horse show, rabbit and cavy showmanship event, poultry showmanship event, and market poultry and rabbit show.

A full schedule of events is available on the fair's website..