The Great Alaskan Cannabis Bowl begins Friday | Arts & Entertainment – Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman
WASILLA — Trich Productions is inviting the public once again to partake in their annual Great Alaskan Cannabis Bowl at Settlers Bay Golf Course this Friday and Saturday.
“It’s highlighting some of these businesses in Alaska and some of the people that are in the industry, following the laws and making sure that they’re on the front edge of education, innovation, and providing the best product to the consumer,” Trich Productions co-owner Cody Coman said.
This two-day event features live music, games, activities, food trucks and over 100 vendors. All the while, cannabis will be on the forefront as they showcase cultivators, growers, manufacturers, bakers, and devotees from the Valley and across Alaska.
There will be local musicians in addition to acts from Hawaii and the Lower 48. Most of the music will be reggae with some hip hop, according to Coman. Local bands such as Element 47 will be there. Visiting musicians include acts such as Pacifier, Collie Buddz and Mike Love.
“They’re [participating bands] definitely like Sublime, 311, Slightly Stoopid, that kind of a feel,” Coman said.
Activities include mud tug of war, a slip ‘n’ slide, boxing exhibition matches, and “life-size” yard games. Coman is anticipating anywhere from 1,000 to 3,000 people to attend.
“It’s a pretty substantial event” Coman said.
Coman runs Trich Productions with his family. He said they started in 2017 as “cannabis friendly” production company, specializing in community events like this. He said their goal is to educate and promote cannabis as a whole, whether it’s for recreational, medicinal, or industrial use.
Trich Productions is collaborating with Valley and Anchorage companies such as Hempire Co, Einstein Labs, CannTest, AK Frost, and Cold Creek Extracts for this event.
Coman said this event is an opportunity for people to meet some of the movers and shakers in the industry.
“… people on the fence can come out and realize it’s not just a bunch of stoners. They’re real people with real passions,” Coman said.
Coman said that Trich Productions has collaborated with community partners in the past to put on fundraisers. In one instance, they partnered with the K-Hits radio station for a community coat drive, raising $5,000 in six weeks from the “cannabis community,” which included local cannabis retailers across the Valley.
“It’s a very large industry that provides a lot of revenue to the state and a lot of income and tax. If those guys took a little bit of that money… and they donate it to fundraisers and community benefits that are helping local communities, people start to see a real impact of again, highlighting the kind of people that are in the industry,” Coman said.
Coman said that he’s always encouraged “hands on learning” and feels that this event is an ideal way for the public to break down lasting stigmas about the cannabis industry or cannabis users in general.
“There’s plenty of people out there that are benefitting from a medical use and an ailment use of the plant as opposed to a bunch of stoners,” Coman said.
Admission is $60 for a single day or $90 for both days.
For more information, call 907-631-1841 or see.
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