Faces of the Alaska State Fair — Part 1
photos by Oscar Avellaneda-Cruz
We walked the trails of the Alaska State Fair and took photographs of people along the way. Here are some of their stories.
Ken Jones is a comedian from Philadelphia, PA. This was his first time in Alaska and first time at a fair, ever. He had a couple of shows at the LED Ultra Lounge & Grill in Anchorage. He says he was the class clown in school, and that led to his career in comedy. His comedy idols include Martin Lawrence and Katt Williams.
Natasha Webster is from Anchorage and owns Paint This Town Alaska, a “sip and paint” business that travels to small towns across Alaska like Moose Pass and Seward. She’s a self-taught artist who cites Vincent Van Gogh as her artistic inspiration.
“I know that’s probably cliche,” she says but adds how relevant the classic artist’s paintings remain. Natasha has been in Alaska for three years, but this is her first time at the Fair.
What does she think of the fair?
“I love it!” she says. “It’s so family-oriented and fun. It’s awesome!”
You can find Natasha on Instagram: @TashaTheArtist.
Shane Hall has been coming to the Fair every year since he was a kid.
“I was born and raised in Anchorage, so 21 years straight.”
Shane works on an Alaska Railroad train as a cook. His favorite thing about the fair? The food. His favorite Fair Food?
“I just had one of those donut burgers that was pretty delicious! It’s bacon cheeseburger with fried egg on a donut instead of a bun. Yeah, it was crazy.”
Shane’s most memorable Fair moment?
“Getting my hair painted and then having it start to rain and having my face look like Spiderman for the rest of the day. That was a great time.”
Adrianna Johnston, a bar back and barista, has been to the Fair for the last 16 years starting when she was 3 years old.
Her fondest memory of the Fair?
“Coming here with my Mom and getting our hair done and our faces painted when I was little.” Favorite Fair Food? “I just tried the spinach bread, and it was pretty good. The cream puff also is good.”