That’s right kanes and wahines it is just about that time again for the one and only Alaska Cannabis Classic! Once again we are the presenting sponsor for the event which will be held at the Fiesta Room in downtown Anchorage on May 19 this summer. We are very delighted to be the cornerstone in an event that brings the most influential pieces of the blooming cannabis industry in Alaska together to make connections, engage in a friendly competition and of course have some good ol’ fashioned fun! This year’s event has been somewhat modified from last years to focus on the contests and industry awards. As always there will be food and drinks, entertainment, and the event will culminate with the Award Show crowning the state’s top growers, processors, people, and businesses in a number of different categories. There will be no trade show this time around but you still have the opportunity to join in on the fun by coming to the catered award show by purchasing tickets at GoCannabisClassic.com/tickets which is currently featuring and early bird special. Its going to be a blast and we wouldn’t be going if it weren’t for our amazing patrons so please come join us! Let’s look at the event in a little more detail:
Food + Drink + Networking
Saturday, May 19 | 6:30pm to 7pm | Fiesta Room
Enjoy local food and drink from our sponsors as you mix and mingle with some of the most influential people in the local cannabis scene. It’s often said “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” Networking events like the Cannabis Classic are huge opportunities to grow your network by an order of magnitude. Take advantage of it and enjoy yourself while you are at it!
4th Annual Cannabis Classic Awards Show
Saturday, May 19 | 7pm to 8pm | Fiesta Room
Every industry has a definitive annual event that recognizes its leaders – and that’s what the Cannabis Classic is for the Alaska cannabis industry.
This year’s Cannabis Classic events are made possible thanks to the support of many sponsors and partners such as Pakalolo Supply Company.
In addition to Best Cannabis Strain and Cannabis Store of the Year, the Cannabis Classic will give championship honors in 12 categories. The winners of the cannabis competition are determined by 26 highly qualified judges. And the winners of the industry awards such as Best Retail Store are voted on by the public.
Vote for your favorite business in the industry award categories by clicking here
And, tickets to the Cannabis Classic Award Show, click here.
At the heart of the Cannabis Classic is obviously the cannabis competition in which businesses in the industry and growers from around the state enter flower and concentrate for blind judging. Potential judges are first given a qualifying exam to test their knowledge of cannabis that they must get an 80% or higher before receiving their judging kits. The judging kits contain a gram of each strain and half gram of each concentrate entered into the contest. Following a set of judging guidelines/rules the judges have 3 weeks to sample and blind judge each entry ensuring a thorough evaluation with results that both participants and viewers can be confident in. By blind I mean the judges are given NO information about the entries such as the strain name, test results or who grew/manufactured it. All they are given are numbers associated with each entry to be used as identification. Pakalolo Supply Company will be entering 4 different strains into the competition!
These are the categories:
- Highest THC Content
- Highest CBD Content
Voting for Industry Awards
Last year we brought home the metal in no small part thanks to you, our amazing patrons. We are still incredibly grateful and we are asking you to show you support again because voting is taking place now! We have been nominated in 4 different categories and we are going to try and bring back an armful of awards back to the Golden Heart city, the capital of cannabis, where they belong. PLEASE DON’T FORGET you can vote once a day online at www.GoCannabisClassic.com/vote, once a day in our store and once a day on social media. That is 3 times a day! Let’s take a look at the nominations:
The Cannabis Store of the Year *NOMINATED*
The shop that sets the standard for other retail shops in Alaska. Consider the following aspects when voting for your favorite retail store: store atmosphere, selection of products available, consistency of products, staff knowledge, customer service, overall vibe & design, and community involvement/participation with community events.
Last year we brought home Cannabis Store of the Year award. This year we are once again nominated and would love nothing more than to win this one back to back. We think of this as the gold medal of the industry awards. We are gonna need your help to bring it home so please give us a hand by putting your vote in once a day!
We put a great deal of time and effort into bringing our customers the highest quality of branding in the state through our website, the Pakablog, the Pakalolo Ohana and innovative and appealing product design (Palms, Premium Pua, Sidekick Sixpack, Manini 2packs, The Pakalolo Incredible Edible Kit, etc.) with the best logos and graphics possible. We truly hope you enjoy it. If you do, show us some love by voting for Pakalolo under Best Marketing.
Best Budtender *HARLIE/RAFE NOMINATED*
The winner of Best Budtender should exemplify all of the following qualities: laser focused on customer service, be knowledgeable about all products, offer suggestions when asked, has a clear passion for cannabis, and is helpful and friendly to all.
This year we have two budtenders who have been nominated for this award because they demonstrate all the attributes of a great budtender. Budtenders have a very important job as they serve as the face of a cannabis retail store. Our 2 nominated budtenders, Harlie Nelson and Rafe Hembree, take that role very seriously and handle it with confidence and finesse. If you love these guys as much as we do vote for them every day!
Best Media *PAKABLOG NOMINATED*
It is once again an honor to have our fun little Pakablog nominated as the best cannabis media outlet in Alaska. We love writing it every week and it is great to know that some of you truly enjoy reading it just as much. If you are a Pakablogger, lets show Alaska where the PakaPlace to be is… Vote for PakaBlog under Best Media!
Our Expectations for the Cannabis Classic
Last year The Cannabis Classic was simply an amazing time. We have very high hopes that this year will be even better since the industry and the businesses that make it up are upon a much more solid foundation. Cannabis businesses around the state have started to hit their stride with their cultivation, retail stores, products and overall branding. Basically, the people of Alaska have turned this into a real industry! The event has also been consolidated into one big day which will allow participants to focus and go all out. We can’t wait because we have come a long way since making the first legal sale in October 28th of 2018 as has the rest of the industry. It is exciting to get together with all of those who are equally dedicated to cannabis to share what we have learned and accomplished while simultaneously celebrating it all with big smiles on everyone’s faces. This is what its all about and we are extremely grateful for the opportunity to participate and sponsor such a tremendous statewide event that serves the entire industry. Pakalolo Supply Company VP Keenan Hollister sums it up well:
“The Cannabis Classic has been working hard over the last few years to establish themselves as the premier cannabis event for industry professionals and consumers alike. We have attended as both guests and sponsors in the past, and are looking forward to showcasing the hard work of our team along with celebrating the Alaskan cannabis industry as a whole from the companies producing it to the customers consuming it at the 2018 Cannabis Classic,” said Keenan Hollister, Vice President of Pakalolo Supply Co.
As mentioned, we would love for as many consumers as possible, especially our Pakalolo Ohana, to be a part of the celebration. Without the Alaskan cannabis consumer none of this would be anywhere close to possible so the celebration is as much about you as it is about the businesses in the industry. Please join us down in Anchorage on May 19th at the Fiesta Room for one heck of a time. As mentioned earlier tickets are already available, so jump on it and join us at the Cannabis Classic. Don’t forget to vote everyday at gocannabisclassic.com/vote and help us bring home some awards!
Much love and Aloha, mahalo.