WASILLA — The Mat-Su Fall Festival is running all weekend at the Alaska Raceway Park. Mat-Su Events is hosting this three-day festival Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

There are over 200 booths selling an array of locally made goods in addition to 30 different food vendors participating in this event, according to Alaska Raceway Park President Michelle Lackey Maynor.

“It should just be fun for the whole family,” Lackey Maynor said.

According to Lackey Maynor, everything is going forward as planned. There’s a stage setup for live entertainment each day of the festival with an accompanying beer garden. Other activities include a barbecue competition, scavenger hunt, and pony rides.

“I am very happy to be able to continue to provide events for the community and help these vendors and event coordinators find a place to go that’s within the covid regulations that kind of let’s people come out and forget about it for a little bit,” Lackey Maynor said.

Lackey Maynor pointed out that a number of vendors that typically work at the Alaska State Fair will be participating in the festival.

“They’re excited for the opportunity to sell their products,” Lackey Mayor said. “I’m excited for the opportunity to see what everyone’s got on display… just to see what everybody’s got, and the entertainment, just have one more cool event out here. It’s kind of exciting to see this venue be used for more than racing.”

Masks are encouraged but they are not required for this event, according to Lackey Maynor. She said the event is all outdoors and there will be several hand sanitization areas set up across the grounds, noting that there will be masks available onsite.

“There’s plenty of room for people to social distance,”Lackey Maynor said.

Admission $5 for adults, and children eight and under are admitted for free. Parking is free, but visitors are encouraged to carpool. Lackey Maynor said there’s handicap parking available and the entire event is wheelchair accessible.

“The weather out here is kind of unpredictable, so I would encourage everyone to bring layers,” Lackey Maynor said.

For more information and a full event schedule, visit matsufallfest.com.

Contact Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman reporter Jacob Mann at jacob.mann@frontiersman.com

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