How to look great at the unique mid-night sun baseball game

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Midnight sun baseball game

Are you a tourist in Fairbanks, and happen to be here around summer solstice? Then try to get tickets to watch the midnight sun baseball game even when you aren’t a baseball fan and not even possess a baseball hat. Yes, it’s an s an amateur baseball game. Since 1960, it’s the Alaska Goldpanners against another team. Sometimes a team from Alaska or even a colleague league team. Nevertheless, the midnight sun baseball game is one on the list of the 10 must-have-seen in baseball.

This tradition started in 1906. Every summer solstice, the midnight sun baseball game starts in the Growden Memorial Park in Fairbanks at 10:30 pm. It typically ends around 1:30 am the next morning. This means the game may not actually last until solar midnight, which is at about 1:53 am.

What’s so special about this game? There is daylight all 24 hours of the day. No floodlights are needed as the sun only barely goes below the horizon later that night and it does not get dark at all because of the long twightlight.

view thru net at midnight sun baseball game in Fairbanks Alaska
View thru net at midnight sun baseball game in Fairbanks Alaska “File:Midnight Sun Baseball Game.jpg” by Innotata is licensed under CC BY 2.5

What to wear to the midnight sun baseball game

I recommend to wear a mosquito net like is shown in the last photo of this post on what Alaskans grow in their yards, jeans and boots for enjoying the game. When you wear a skirt like shown in the photos of this post, get an Alaskan mosquito repellent that really works. You don’t want to be a bunch of mosquitoes midnight snack. And yes, they come with friends. The station (photo below) is close to the Chena River. Thus, it’s a perfect place for the mosquitoes to get your blood and then lay their eggs just around the corner. 😉 When I watched the game a couple of years ago, they were very distracting.

"File:Growden Memorial Park Fairbanks Alaska Bleachers and Box Seats.jpg" by RadioKAOS is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0
View of the station from outside. “File:Growden Memorial Park Fairbanks Alaska Bleachers and Box Seats.jpg” by RadioKAOS is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

When you don’t like baseball hats or don’t have one in your baggage as you just learned about the game, any other hat – even a Greek fisherman’s hat – will do when you are a tourist watching the game. Thus, wear whatever hat gear you have that helps you to see best when the sun is at a low position in the sky. See the light conditions in the first photo of this post as an example what to expect on a sunny day.

Otherwise, it’s Fairbanks. You won’t have to be dressed like you dress for going to a sports event in the Lower 48s. This means old blue jeans, hiking boots, flip flops or Birkenstocks, a light weight jacket in case of gray sky and a flannel shirt is just fine.

outfit idea for midlife women watching a baseball game
Loft floral print skirt with Jaeger tote, Ray Ban sunglasses, peridot and pearl beads necklace, vintage bangle, no brand flats and Chelsea and Theodore zip striped T-shirt (all own)

Get a bite before the game

No, of course not from a mosquito. But it’s best you when you attend the game to have had dinner already. You won’t get any food after the game ends except at the usual fast food restaurants. And, I mean it’s your vacation, right? You should enjoy the special culinaries of Alaska and Fairbanks. Salmon, buffalo and reindeer are must-tries. There are also great breweries in Fairbanks and its outskirts as well as locally made vodka. Get a glimpse at Alaska’s harvested food too.

My outfit of the day for solstice

over 50 years old fashion blogger in an outfit for going to a sports event
Loft floral print skirt, LeatherCoatsEtc fisherman’s hat, Ray Ban sunglasses, Fossil white denim jacket, no brand studded flats, Hermes collier de chien bangle, vintage bangle, periodt-pearl three strings necklace and Chelsea and Theodore zip striped T-shirt (all own)

For this OOTD, I combined items, which you have seen before, in a new way for going out for dinner at the river. When you go out for date night in Fairbanks in summer, it’s a casual feminine look. Not too sexy. Every piece of skin you show is a potential invitation for mosquitoes to have dinner. LOL.

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Photos: G. Kramm

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