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Welcome to Beer Fest
June 3, 2016
Last weekend was one of the busiest weekends to hit our little town in a handful of ways. As our town population nearly doubles stores are sold out of necessities and lines are long at local cafe's and restaurants. Beaches and campgrounds overflow with tents from visitors all the way from Juneau, Canada and the lower 48. I met a wonderful retired couple that was from Colorado and came up just for the event. It's a hectic weekend but it assures that summer is here and the tourism season is in full swing.
This year marked the 24th anniversary of the The Great Alaska Craft Beer and Home Brew Festival. It's usually a nice sunny weekend for vendors from all over the state and Yukon territories to come and share their specialty beers.
The tickets go on sale at the end of winter and usually sell out within a few days online. It's a profound and unique fundraiser for the Southeast Alaska State Fair. Dalton city (as you see pictures to the left) is crammed with people from all walks of life.
Not only is it a fair fundraiser, the Chilkat Valley Preschool (I am on the board) does a fundraiser there as well. To me, it's funny and "only in a small town" can you get away with a preschool fundraiser at a beer festival (of course there are no children, only parents working). The preschool the past few years has sold fish tacos and it's a significant fundraiser to help with our operational cost every year. This year we were fortunate enough to have our newest board member Brent (pictured here at the BBQ in his Mexican wrestling mask) contact Alaska Glacier Seafood (AGS) in Juneau to see if they could donate some halibut for the event. Brent some how worked his magic and AGS donated the halibut which took care of a huge overhead. Brent and his wife Jess own a tender the Pavlov and bring their whole family out on the boat for summer work. There little girl is in preschool with Charlie and will be in his class. It's great to know that our families will be doing more of these fundraising events together as our kids grow older. After the 5 hour shift of taking money and making 300+ tacos the preschool was able to raise around $2,000. Our newest teacher Alissa also worked with us at the booth and I can't wait to do it again next year!
And our happiest costumer to come by the booth....
I'm busy working on my blog posts. Watch this space!