In an effort to expose residents of Haines to the controversial world of drag queens, the Southeast Alaska State Fair paraded six performers on its mainstage last week for an all-ages show.

The garish, cross-dressing dancers – wearing heavy makeup and sexually suggestive clothing – pranced and danced in front of children, families and others in attendance.

Photos from the July 28 drag show at the Southeast Alaska State Fair.

Led by the so-called “drag mother,” Miss Gigi Monroe, the performance was part of an ongoing tour that includes regular stops at Juneau’s gay bars, along with occasional drag queen story hours in local libraries. Photos and video images from the July 28 performance show Monroe and others dancing and twirling in silky evening gowns, fishnet stockings and bathing suits before hundreds of attendees, including young kids, some of whom offered cash tips to the performers.

The event stirred considerable controversy since being announced, earlier this summer for the 54th annual Southeast State Fair.

Despite widespread criticism, via online comments, emails and heated borough meetings, the fair board of directors chose to proceed with the entertainment, claiming that “drag is not lewd or risqué” or “adult only.” The board dismissed all parental objections as warrantless, and only belatedly agreed to move the performance from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Haines residents do have options, however. For a $35 annual dues fee they can become voting members of the Southeast Alaska State Fair, and even run to serve on the board of directors. As such, they can help shape the policies that regulate the fair’s activities and entertainment.

According to the fair’s bylaws, any person over the age of 15 can vote at a membership meeting. Those over 18 can serve on the board of directors. In order to run for office, members must simply pay their annual dues at least seven days before the annual meeting.

The next annual meeting will be held in Haines within the next six weeks, as stated in the bylaws. In order to receive notification of the upcoming meeting’s date and location, one must be a member in good standing. At the next meeting, members will have the opportunity to elect new people to serve on vacant board seats. The election will be done by ballot with each member entitled to cast one vote.

The board can consist of five to nine members who serve two-year terms. Currently, there are eight board members.

Members of the board can also be removed if 40% of the members submit a petition and two-thirds of the board agrees to remove them.


— Click here to become a voting member of the Southeast Alaska State Fair.

— Click here to read the fair’s bylaws.

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Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • DaveMaxwell says:

    Free tickets from dunleavy to the drag queen races with laces!
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  • Lucinda says:

    Why can’t you Christian Nationalists busybodies just get out of the way? Don’t like drag? Don’t go to the show!

    • B says:

      Lucinda the narcissist.

    • Proud Alaskan says:

      Stop pushing your Sick Evil ways on our children. We’re not getting out of your way, end of story.

      • Lucinda says:

        I’m actually NOT pushing it. Never been to a silly drag show, but why do you freedom lovers want to take away their freedom? I’m an atheist, but you don’t see me trying to stop your silly services

    • Friend of Humanity says:

      There are more humanity-loving people than there are of you and your kind. Why don’t you guys just all go back to hell or where ever you came from and leave this humanity-loving world alone?

      • DaveMaxwell says:

        Humanity loving people who have as cs Lewis says no chest! Ie. Courage ! To make it worse our leaders are Wondering what private parts they want or can be disposed of, instead of protecting and enforcing existing laws! Dunleavy should be humiliated out of town!

      • Friend of Humanity says:

        Dave, talking about our politicians that have been bought. Ran across this video today that highlights Blackrock buying politicians. Sure would like to know if Dunleavy, Sullivan, Murcowski and Peltola on in their pocket!

    • Why Not Hot Women? says:

      I find it funny how low Alaskan standards have gotten. Instead of watching actual beautiful women perform, they are happy with bearded men, ugly men and overweight and s lonely women.

      Until sexual entertainment becomes beautiful again, I won’t be putting a single dollar on anyone’s G string.

  • Elizabeth Henry says:

    It seems paying $35 annually to become voting members of the fair would be worth it.

    • DaveMaxwell says:


    • DaveMaxwell says:

      1. The political punks mentioned dunleavy,peltola,Sulliedman,murkowski, are sold out as stated in the podcast! Having met and interacted with each one with the exception of peltola, who is brain dead, my reaction was an overwhelming response of emptiness and a need to puke!

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    Editor, it looks like there are spammers posting on these boards. Are they trying to get people to click the links and go to a website? Is someone going to get hacked or get their identities stolen clicking on the links? I feel that these posts with foreign language (?) are not safe.

    • Friend of Humanity says:

      Editor, thank you for removing the suspect posts.

    • DaveMaxwell says:

      2. Three years ago I had the privilege of meeting, talking o, and getting my picture taken with James Okeef! The deep state has been destroying him since then! Why? Because he didn’t and won’t sell out! Here is what it cost to be a man of your word! Our political punks are completely foreign to integrity and character like this!

  • Chuck Anziulewicz says:

    A drag show typically has people in extravagant costumes lip-syncing to popular songs for entertainment. There’s nothing inherently prurient about it. If you want to shield your own kids from such things, you have every right to do so. But if other parents and their kids find it fun and entertaining, it’s really none of your business. And if they vote to prohibit drag performers at the fair while allowing other musical acts, they’re asking for a lawsuit.

    • B says:

      Chuck the narcissist.

    • Read between the pixels says:

      I agree, personal choice.

      However, when the rainbow mafia started spreading their propaganda everywhere, it became all of our business. Cerial boxes, clothing, childrens book, etc.

      Chuck, you can stop pretending this is isn’t and assault on the minds of those who just wish to live their lives without sexual propaganda

  • Penny Johnson says:

    $35 seems inexpensive to preserve our cultural values and norms.