Festival Fairbanks, Inc. was originally created by Resolution #1858 adopted unanimously by the Fairbanks City
Council on October 6, 1980. The resolution directed the establishment of a non-profit community service
organization to plan and hold an appropriate celebration for the Silver Anniversary of Statehood. Over the past
30 years, subsequent resolutions have been passed requesting Festival Fairbanks to assist or plan and
facilitate various projects related to historic old Fairbanks and Interior Alaska, beautification, and/or tourism and
economic development. Festival Fairbanks was instrumental in the recognition of the Bicentennial of the U.S.
Constitution, the 50th Anniversary of the Alaska Highway, the World War II Commemorative Community
activities, the Fairbanks Centennial Celebrations, and most recently the 50th Anniversary of Statehood.
Festival Fairbanks has often served as a catalyst and facilitator for economic development in Fairbanks and Interior
Alaska creating and promoting such groups as the Interior Alaska Manufacturer's Association and their annual
Airport Display, and the Interior Alaska Potato Exhibit. The interest generated from this type of activity has led
the University of Alaska and several local growers into the international marketplace, with contracts being
negotiated with Japan for shipments of disease free seed potatoes, a market that was previously an
undeveloped opportunity for local growers.
Festival Fairbanks was officially designated by the Fairbanks City Council through Resolution No. 3421,
to: "plan, organize, develop and coordinate commemorative activities for the Centennial of the City of
As a result of this assignment, several capital projects came to fruition and a very special
relationship was born.
- Barnette's Landing Beautification Project
- William Ransom Wood Centennial Bridge
- Fairbanks / Fanano, Italy Sister City
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Julie Engfer Jones
516 2nd Avenue, Suite 318
Fairbanks, Alaska 99701
Tel: (907) 456-1984
Board of Directors
Jimmy Parrish, President
Sydney Morgan, Vice President
Dave Dean, Sec/Treasurer
Genevieve Schok Jr