COUNTDOWN to Alaska Summer Showcase!

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First, you need your TICKET. Get one HERE. Next, pick up your PASSPORT (pictured, above) at check-in. That starts at 12 Noon on Saturday! Visit the best travel companies in the state. It’s easy, since they’re all assembled RIGHT THERE at the Alaska Native Heritage Center. After it’s all filled out–put your name in the hat for more than $20,000 in travel prizes! To win the trip for two on Alaska Airlines, you MUST be present to win when we draw at 4:00pm. Images from the 2014 Alaska Summer Showcase

Bring your sense of adventure, along with your appetite, since we’ll have a FOOD TRUCK RODEO!

We’re adding one more prize…and more fun!

IMG_0027Here’s the thing: prizes and surprises keep coming in for this year’s Alaska Summer Showcase. THIS JUST IN: Trip for two on a Denali Heli-hiking adventure from our friends at Era Flightseeing! You’ll fly in this helicopter (above) up to a scenic ridge for a special adventure with an expert naturalist. I’ve done it. FUN! It’s just one of the prizes at this year’s Alaska Summer Showcase on Mar. 26! Don’t miss it! e17e28_5bb492bf3df9458ca47501e045ac8843Oh…in the food truck rodeo: Tiki Pete’s Alaskan Dogs (above). Hot dogs, sausages, Chili Dogs, Mac + cheese dogs…the works. Don’t miss it!

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KOAN, KNIK and MOVIN’ 105: Our awesome media sponsors!

LISTEN UP!  Our media sponsors at HOT TALK KOAN (1080AM, 95.1FM), KNIK “Smooth Jazz” 87.7FM and MOVIN’ 105.7FM are making some BIG NOISE about the Alaska Summer Showcase…, We Love You, Yeah Yeah Yeah!

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PRIZE LIST for 2016 Alaska Summer Showcase!

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Massive prize list for the Alaska Summer Showcase!! $20,000+ in Alaska travel prizes! We’re giving it ALL away on Sat., Mar. 26 at the Alaska Native Heritage Center!

Which prize do YOU want?

Alaska Airlines: Systemwide tickets for TWO! MUST be present to win (we will draw this asprize at 4:00pm on Sat., Mar. 26, 2016 at the Alaska Native Heritage Center).

Across the Bay Adventure Company: Beachfront lodge accommodations and meals

Alaska Railroad: Gold Star service for two between Anchorage and Seward

Alaska Wildland Adventures: Kenai River Canyon float for two, plus overnight lodging

Alaska TourSaver: Denali Heli-Hike Adventure from Era Helicopters

Condor German Airlines: $500 travel credit

Alyeska Resort: Overnight accommodations and a 26 Glaciers Cruise from Whittier!BartlettGlacier _Snapseed

CIRI Tourism Corp: Kenai Fjords Tour for two (National Park Cruise)

Chena Hot Springs Resort: Overnight accommodations, plus admission to the Aurora Ice Museum and a swim pass to the hot springs!

Alaska Denali Travel: Denali Backcountry Adventure for two from the Park Entrance to Kantishna, plus dinner.P1020544 _Snapseed

Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge: Two nights’ accommodations at the lodge

Harbor 360 Hotel: Overnight accommodations in Seward, plus National Park cruise into Kenai Fjords National Park from Major Marine Tours.

Inlet Tower Hotel & Suites: Overnight accommodations for two plus $!00 PubHouse credit

K2 Aviation: Flightseeing trip for two from Talkeetna.kgl

Kennicott Glacier Ldoge: Two nights accommodations, including meals.

Knik River Lodge: Helicopter flightseeing tour for two over Knik Glacier, including glacier landing.

Land’s End Resort: Three-day/two-night Getaway package wtih dinner for two.

Lifetime Adventures: Paddle and Pedal package for two at Eklutna Lake

The New Lodge at Black Rapids: Special lodge packageprincess

Yahoo Mat-Su!! Glacier View Adventure and Relaxation package

Ravn Alaska: Two tickets, systemwide.

Stan Stephens Cruises: Columbia Glacier Cruise for two from Valdez

Northern Alaska Tour Company: Arctic Circle fly/drive for two.

Stillpoint Lodge: Water taxi for two from Homer, overnight accommodations for two, plus kayak adventure

Talkeetna Roadhouse: Bed and Breakfast package for two

Era Flightseeing: Denali heli-hike tour for two!

…and more! Don’t miss it. Buy your tickets in advance at EVENTBRITE and save!

More prizes. More fun. More ways to jump-start your summer!

Alaska-Native-Heritage-Dancers-Courtesy-of-Alaska-Native-Heritage-Center1Make plans now to attend this year’s Alaska Summer Showcase on Sat., Mar. 26, 2016. We’re adding more prizes and more fun for everyone!

Bring the kids. If they are age 12 and under, they get in FREE. Plus, in conjunction with our hosts at the Alaska Native Heritage Center, we’ve got a special “Kids Zone.” Fun games, crafts and activities!knik _Snapseed

Win a helicopter trip for two over the Knik Glacier (with glacier landing!) from our friends at Knik River Lodge. It’s just 54 miles from Anchorage…and a world away!

The Alaska Native Heritage Center Dancers will be back again for a special appearance. We’ve got them scheduled for 2:00pm! Don’t miss it.

Win a three-day/two night stay at Kennicott Glacier Lodge, in the heart of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. This prize includes MEALS at the lodge. We love this place–you will, too!

P1010487Our Master of Ceremonies? The oh-so-famous and entertaining James Gaddis of KTVA News (pictured, left, with the lovely, talented Megan Mazurek of KTVA). We’ve traveled together around the state, but there’s more that he and his crew want to see…let’s help him jump-start HIS summer, too!

Win an overnight stay at Chena Hot Springs Resort near Fairbanks, including admission to the Aurora Ice Museum. Don’t miss your chance to have an “Appletini” at the Ice Bar. Oh…that’s extra. But you’ll want to get one–and get your picture taken. FUN! Then, go soak in the hot springs!aurora_ice_museum

Win a trip NORTH of the Arctic Circle from our friends at Northern Alaska Tour Company in Fairbanks. You’ll drive up, crossing the Yukon River and the Arctic Circle…in the shadow of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. After exploring Coldfoot and neighboring Wiseman, you can FLY back. It’s a fun trip…I’ve done it!!

While you’re scooping up the info you’ll need to make the most of your great Alaska summer (including a 50 percent discount on the Alaska TourSaver 2-for-1 book!!!!!), enjoy the Alaska-grown music of the Hannah Yoter Band. We love them. You will, too.

GET YOUR TICKETS HERE and JUMP-START your SUMMER! You can, of course, get your tickets at the door on the morning of Sat., Mar. 26. It just costs a little more ($10 for grown-ups, kids 12 and under, FREE).

Our partners at Alaska Summer Showcase: American Cancer Society

We’re proud to welcome the American Cancer Society as our nonprofit sponsor for the Alaska Summer Showcase. The American Cancer Society is the official sponsor of BIRTHDAYS! 578386_469619209726206_493619010_n

Save the date: Sat., Mar. 26, 2016!

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The deck at the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge

We’re going to help you JUMP-START YOUR SUMMER at this year’s Alaska Summer Showcase.

Join us at the Alaska Native Heritage Center from 12:00 Noon to 5:00 p.m. on Sat., Mar. 26. Check out the BEST trips, adventures and travel ideas for this summer. The days are getting longer and heck, we’re all getting restless for some BIG FUN in our BIG STATE.

The band: The Hannah Yoter Band will play. They are awesome. Check out this clip:

The dancers: The Alaska Native Heritage Dancers will share some wonderful dances.
The singer: Tlingit singer Brooke Leslie is coming from Wrangell will share some 15909_500traditional songs from her ancestral home in Southeast Alaska.
Our famous Emcee: James Gaddis from KTVA. We’ve traveled together–trust me, this is gonna be lots of fun!

Who’s coming? Airlines, resorts, adventure companies, wilderness lodges, the Mighty Alaska Railroad, glacier cruise companies, cultural travel companies…basically all of the folks who operate the BEST travel companies in the state.

P1040230 _SnapseedGOOD NEWS: Everyone who sets up at the Alaska Native Heritage Center (like Christy from Juneau, left) will be offering an AWESOME PRIZE to give away later in the afternoon. More than $20,000 in travel prizes will be awarded.

HUNGRY? We’ll have some food trucks in the parking lot, serving up delicious treats.

BRING THE KIDS. Children age 12 and under are FREE. There’s a special “Kid Zone” where Alaska Native Heritage Center staff have some fun crafts and activities planned.

HOW MUCH: $6.59 in advance (plus EVENTBRITE‘s fee=$7.94). $10 at the door. Order your discounted tickets in advance at EVENTBRITE.

What we’ve got so far:
Alaska Airlines: Systemwide trip for two (including Costa Rica, Hawaii, Mexico, Florida, New York…the works). #IFlyAlaska
Princess Lodges: Rich, the GM from the Mt. McKinley Princess, will offer up a special prize!
Condor German Airlines: A $500 gift certificate towards airfare.
RAVN Alaska: Systemwide trip for two.
Alaska Waters: Awesome jetboat adventure for two to the LeConte Glacier from Wrangell.
Land’s End Resort in Homer: Two-night stay.
Inlet Tower Hotel in Anchorage: Our official hotel! Win overnight accommodations and a $100 credit to the PubHouse gastropub!
Rust’s Flying Service/K2 Aviation: Two great companies, offering flightseeing from both Anchorage and Talkeetna up to Denali National Park. Win a flightseeing trip for two!
Alaska Railroad: Actually, I refer to it as “The Mighty Alaska Railroad!” Win a trip for two!
Visit Anchorage: Our friends at Visit Anchorage will come with all sorts of goodies for you to be the Alaska travel expert that your friends and relatives think you are. SPECIAL PRIZE!!
Alaska TourSaver: The handy 2-for-1 travel guide with more than $20,000 in travel deals. Ya. Heard of it. Here’s the GOBSMACK deal: everyone gets 50 PERCENT OFF. Usually $99.95, it’s available for $49.95 at the show ONLY.
Talkeetna Roadhouse: Trisha Costello, our hostess-with-the-mostest in Talkeetna, will offer COOKIES for everyone, plus a chance to win a PIE-MAKING CLASS for two!!
COMING SOON: Lodge stay and float trip on the Kenai River, Columbia Glacier cruise, Kennicott Glacier Lodge stay plus flightseeing in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, Arctic Circle fly/drive adventure, Kenai Fjords cruise, helicopter trips, jetboat rides and MUCH MORE!ASS 2014_LOGO_POSTER_1.ai - Version 2

 

It’s time to JUMP-START YOUR SUMMER! See you on Mar. 26!

Click here for TICKETS.

Ladies and Gentlemen…may I present our WINNERS!

Winners. We had plenty of them at last weekend’s Alaska Summer Showcase. It was a fun event…including g-r-e-a-t music from Anna Lynch and her band (pictured, below) See below for a rundown of our winners:AlaskaSummerShowcase2015045

GRAND PRIZE: Condor Airlines tickets for two from Alaska to Germany: Marichu R (pictured, right). AlaskaSummerShowcase2015025
GRAND PRIZE: Alaska Airlines tickets for two: Ronda R. (pictured below, right)
CIRI Tourism: Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise for two: Bronwen N.
K2 Aviation/Rust’s Flying Service: Denali Flightseeing plus glacier landing: David T.
Alyeska Resort: Deluxe champagne gourmet dinner for two at Seven Glaciers: Mindy W.
Talkeetna Roadhouse: Pie making class for 2: Mandy P.
Alaska Native Heritage Center: Private tour for 4: Susanne M.
Galley Gourmet in Kodiak: Galley Gourmet Dinner Cruise for two: Mathew M.AlaskaSummerShowcase2015028
Across the Bay Adventure Co.: 2-day/1-night adventure in Kasitsna Bay: Jade Y.
Alaska Wildland Adventures: Kenai Riverside Lodge package for two that includes dinner and accommodations, plus a Kenai River Canyon raft trip: Jeanne R.
Lodge at Black Rapids: Special lodge package: Joe P.
Stan Stephens Cruises: Columbia Glacier cruise for two: Amalie C.
HAP Alaska-Yukon: 3-day/2-night stay at Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge: Arlene R.
HAP Alaska-Yukon: Ptarmigan cruise for two: Marcella B.AlaskaSummerShowcase2015054
Inlet Tower Hotel & Suites: Overnight accommodations for two, $100 restaurant credit at PubHouse: Dorothy A.
Travel Juneau: Roundtrip air fare on Alaska Airlines to Juneau, plus choice of two activities: Bill B.
Visit Anchorage: Centennial Prize Basket: Edward H.
Era Helicopters: Denali park heli-hiking for 2: Zachary G.
Alaska Railroad: 2x  trip for two between Anchorage and Seward: Sandra C. and Camille R.
Knik River Lodge: Heli-tour for two of Knik Glacier, plus glacier landing: Kathie A.
Northern Alaska Tour Company: Arctic Circle fly/drive for two: Paige P.
Kennicott Glacier Lodge: 3-day/2-nights accommodations including meals, plus flight seeing from Wrangell Mountain Air and a glacier hike from St. Elias Alpine Guides: Joshua S.
Taquan Air: Misty Fjords Flightseeing for two: Willie V. H.
…there were a few other prizes. We’ll let you know if you won. But I’m a bit sleepy now. It’s been a long week…lots of clean-up. Oh. And a party. From ALL of us involved with the Alaska Summer Showcase, we hope you had a great time and that you were able to JUMPSTART your SUMMER! We’ll see you next year! You can keep up with Alaska travel specials by subscribing to the Alaska Travelgram newsletter. It’s free. TheCrew2015
“The crew” for the Alaska Summer Showcase, l to r: Lorena, Scott, Bart, Drew, Liz, Michael, Corie and Nick!! Photo by Rob Stapleton/Alaskafoto.

Today is the day.

brainCarpe diem. Those of us at the Alaska Summer Showcase Brain Trust (Scott, Liz and Lorena) wish you the best of luck at today’s event. Stop by the Alaska Native Heritage Center and say hello. This morning, we’re gathering up some treats, blowing up balloons and tripping over extension cords. wga

But this afternoon, everything will be buttoned up and we’ll be READY TO PARTY. When you come in, you’ll see a BIG POSTER with all the prizes. You’ll hear Anna Lynch playing her beautiful music on the stage. The sun will be streaming through the windows. The angels…they will weep for you as you win that AWESOME prize!!

JUMPSTART YOUR SUMMER. We’ll see you there!

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