Culture

This year, in the interest of journalistic integrity, I vowed to try only new things at the Alaska State Fair -- a sacrifice that should garner notice from the Pulitzer people.

Mara Severin

An imaginative jumble graces display walls in the Irwin Exhibits building at the Alaska State Fair. This year the Creative Arts and Crafts exhibit organizers added one more division of competition. The Embellished Arts category allows people to create works incorporating prefabricated items. 

 

Scott Jensen
Let’s just all hope that the Secret Service is on their game and our commander in chief isn’t roped into one of Bear Grylls' “dehydration remedies.” You know what I mean.Emily Fehrenbacher
The Alaska State Fair's colony-era Wineck Barn is a repository of history and meeting spot for Valley old-timers.Mike Dunham
It seems just a little ironic that when a few special dignitaries arrive in Alaska to talk about climate change that cold temperatures have descended.Steve Edwards
Herbert Hoover, the future president, wrote later that President Warren Harding was ill at ease on the Alaska trip, and insisted on playing bridge from just after breakfast until midnight. Hoover, then the secretary of commerce, was one of four other bridge players on the ship. "For some reason I developed a distaste for bridge on this journey and never played it again," Hoover said. Dermot Cole

Subsistence salmon fishing is winding down for the season in Northwest Alaska. Forty-four-year Kotzebue resident Lance Kramer scrambles to finish putting up fish before he moves on to other tasks, such as seeing President Obama breeze through town on Sept. 2.

Scott Jensen

The Northern Lights Dancers on Tuesday entertained 300 residents, visitors and advance crew who were in the Arctic Alaska community of Kotzebue ahead of President Barack Obama's planned visit the following day. 

Scott Jensen

The 10th Midnight Sun Pumpkin Weigh-Off took place at the Alaska State Fair with just one contestant on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. 

Shelby Lum