State Fair movies

PALMER — In just a matter of hours, the first and possibly only tickets to shows at the Alaska State Fairgrounds were swooped up on Thursday. 

Fair officials posted an announcement that they are hosting drive-in movie showings at the Borealis Theater on the Alaska State Fairgrounds in a group production with Showboss, Thrive Mat-Su and the United Way.

“After being quarantined together at home for weeks, folks need varying options to get out of the house in a safe, socially distant manner. They need a mental health break, to have some fun, share memories, experiences and build stronger relationships. A drive-in movie provides just that,” said ASF communications manager Melissa Keefe.

Just before noon on Thursday, ASF posted the link to their popup drive-in movie at the fair event page. Movies will be shown on a 23-foot wide and 13-foot tall LED screen. On Friday, "Doolittle" with Robert Downey Jr., will be shown at 7 and 10 p.m. Viewers will experience the Star Wars saga’s "Rise of Skywalker" on Saturday night with audio pumped in through each car stereo on 90.7 FM.

Those who were lucky enough to get spots in the brief time they were still available can also enjoy catering from Smokehouse Barbecue, Alaska Soda Jerk and Becky’s Original Kettle Corn.

"Abominable" will show on Sunday at 7 and 10 p.m. Keefe said that with similar events popping up statewide, the ASF wanted to provide an opportunity to people to use the fairgrounds for fun in a safe manner.

“We wanted to bring the same opportunities out to the Valley,” said Keefe. “We are grateful to have the infrastructure and partners to make it happen.”

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