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Posted: Monday, June 13, 2011 12:30 pm | Updated: 1:17 pm, Wed Jan 16, 2013.

FAIRBANKS, Alaska - As the summer days in Fairbanks approach the solstice, the increase in daylight provides tourists and locals with more time to revel under the sun.

This year, the 30th Midnight Sun Festival will be held on June 19, falling just two days short of the longest day of the year but still providing plenty of time to bask in the festival’s sunny atmosphere.

From noon until midnight, revelers can browse the wares of more than 100 vendors, dance until they drop in front of three stages, shoot some hoops in the 3-on-3 basketball tournament, participate in gold panning or break a leg in the annual “Break Fest” break dancing competition.

Live music on the three stages will include a cacophony of genres such as a DJ, rock-and-roll, folk music and performances by local dance troupes.

Children have plenty of options to keep them occupied. They can fawn over animals in the petting zoo and create masterpieces in the arts and crafts booths or see how many sweet treats they can wheedle their parents into buying them.

This year the festival is celebrating its 30th anniversary with plenty of foods, entertainment and fun.

For more information visit: www.downtownfairbanks.com

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IF YOU GO

• Time: noon to midnight

• When: Sunday, June 19

• Where: Downtown Fairbanks on First, Second and Third avenues

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