Bethel Fairgoers enjoy fair festivities

On Friday night Bethel Fair judges had the difficult job of deciding the winners for the fair’s exhibits that were submitted by Bethel community members. photo by Kelly Lincoln

The Bethel Fair made a comeback in 2021, after missing a year due to the pandemic, taking place at the Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center and the Lions Club Park. Folks of all ages enjoyed a variety of family-friendly community events and activities during Labor Day weekend September 3-4, 2021.

Fair fun included the Create/Cultivate/Celebrate gallery of exhibits, a Kids’ Carnival, the Bethel’s Got Talent Show, t-shirt printing, Field Day games, a winter clothing and food drive, police car ride-alongs for kids, firetruck viewing, and food truck cuisine.

COVID-19 precautions were followed – maskwearing and social distancing advisories were applied.

The Bethel Fair was a collaborative event provided by a variety of community organizations including UAF Cooperative Extension and 4-H, the UAF Kuskokwim Campus library and cultural center, the City of Bethel, the YK Fitness Center, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Center, Bethel Evangelical Covenant Church and others. Thank you to all the volunteers and sponsors of the 2021 Bethel Fair.

2021 Bethel Fair Gallery Exhibit Winners


1st John Ellis, Wooden Bowl

2nd Eric Whitney

3rd Sean Van Cura

Native Arts & Crafts

1st Alice Fredson, Grass Basket

2nd Kelly Lincoln, Grass Mat

3rd Alyse Lincoln, Beaded Barrette


1st Meline A. Carl

2nd Lucy Whitman

3rd Atlas & Leif Albertson

Other Crafts

1st – 3rd Anne Kosacheff


1st Mikayla Miller

2nd Cindy Andrecheck

3rd Greg Lincoln, Fireweed

Leafy Greens

1st 4-H

2nd John Sargent

3rd Adam London

Other Agriculture

1st 4-H

2nd John Sargent

3rd 4-H

Fur Sewing

1st Kelly Lincoln, Tiny Mukluks

2nd Kelly Lincoln, Fur Sash

3rd Mack Lincoln, Handbound Leather Bibles

Painting & Drawing

1st Kevin Morgan

2nd Betsy Jumper

3rd Betsy Jumper


1st Andrea Engebretsen

2nd Betsy Jumper

3rd Andrea Engebretsen


1st Lucy Whitman, Black Corduroy

2nd Kelly Lincoln, BRHS Warriors

3rd Lucy Whitman

Baked Goods & Sweets

1st Emily McNally

2nd Shirleen London

3rd Anne Kosacheff


1st Jen Dobson

2nd Theresa Quiner

3rd Leif Albertson

Other Jarred Items

1st Theresa Quiner, Thai Salmon

2nd Linda Curda

3rd Emily McNally

Flowers & Ornamental Plants

1st Kathy Hanson

2nd Alyssa Leary

3rd Kathy Hanson

See you next year everyone!

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