Alaska State Fair

PALMER — The Alaska State Fair is adding another reason to visit the grounds this winter, The Ice Maze.

This all-new seasonal attraction is slated to open mid-December and run through March, weather permitting.

Once in operation, guests will wind their way through a frozen labyrinth of solid ice formations. Nighttime offers an additional splendor for the eyes as the ice begins to glow from within, illuminating the way.

On top of offering a unique outdoor experience for visitors of all ages, this scenic spectacle also serves as an installation art piece. The Ice Maze was created by local artist Cory Livingood who designed and crafted the wintry project from the ground up. According to a recent press release,

Livingood has built ice structures across the country for the last six years.

“The way that I build allows the ice to form organically and creates beautiful natural formations. My job as a builder and an artist is to guide the ice to grow into the structure that I want to create, a maze in this case,” Livingood stated in the press release.

Fair officials also indicated that The Ice Maze is in the running to break the record for the world’s largest ice maze with the Guinness Book of World Records this year.

Tickets to the event go on sale the week of Thanksgiving at alaskastatefair.org and ticket reservations must be made online in advance.

The maze is scheduled to open December 16 and operate daily through January 1. Starting Jan. 2, it will transition to remain open Thursday through Sunday until Mid-March.

The Ice Maze opening and closing dates and operating hours are dependent on weather conditions.

Hours are from 4 to 9 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults (ages 12 and older), $10 for youth, and children two and under are admitted for free. There’s a 10 percent discount available to seniors over 65, and active and veteran members of the military and their families.

The Ice Maze is one of several efforts across the Fairgrounds designed to connect ASF with the public throughout the year.

Those who purchase tickets to the Fair’s annual holiday light display, Bright up the Night, or The Christmas Factory, an interactive theater experience around Santa’s workshop, will receive a 10 percent discount to The Ice Maze.

For more information about The Ice Maze and other winter activities at the Alaska State Fair, visit alaskastatefair.org.

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

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