Alaskan Soda Jerk heads to Crab Fest, despite rough travel | Local News

Even though there are nearly 20 food stalls at this year’s Crab Festival, Alaskan Soda Jerk stands out from the rest even though it has yet to serve a single Kodiak customer. The company’s trailer suffered a devastating fire on its way to Kodiak, which nearly scuttled its plans to attend the festival, co-owner Kelsey Ingram said.

As Ingram and co-owner Brandon Korin, business leaders Jacovie Wright and Tiffany Jackson and Dakoma employees Epperly-May, Kassie Haan and Krystal Howlett were driving from Anchorage to Homer, their trailer caught fire, Ingram said.

Fortunately, no one was hurt, but the experience was still traumatic, he said.

“We couldn’t put out (the fire) and basically watched everything we owned burn,” Ingram said.

The fire burned half of everything the company owned – bar tops, frames, freezers, soda machines, ice machines, and more. – with damages totaling approximately $100,000. Despite the company’s best efforts, Alaskan Soda Jerk was unable to secure their mobile stand equipment before their trip, so they now have to pay to replace those things out of pocket, he said. he declares.

The crew has yet to process all they lost, in part because they’ve been so busy, Ingram said.

Ingram is still unsure what caused the trailer fire. They packed up the trailer and drove it the same way they have for six years. In the past, the worst the company suffered was punctures and broken springs.

It took two days for Alaskan Soda Jerk to get back on track. The first day was spent salvaging whatever they could from the wreckage, and the second day they searched and borrowed what they needed to continue their journey to Kodiak, he said.

In the past, Ingram promised the Chamber of Commerce that he would do everything in his power to get to Crab Fest, he said. This year is no different.

Kodiak residents have always treated Ingram and his company well.

Alaskan Soda Jerk is not alone during this difficult time. Ben Bacher with Expedition BBQ – another Crab Fest supplier – has launched a GoFundMe campaign for them. On top of that, the Chamber of Commerce and Al and Barbara Large have helped the company in many great ways, Ingram said. The Chamber’s Executive Director, Jena Lowmaster, has been in touch with them every step of the way.

The Alaskan Soda Jerk was able to board its ferry as scheduled and arrived on the island on Tuesday, Ingram said. The team immediately launched into preparing their booth for Crab Fest and did their favorite activities on the island: hiking, biking and camping.

Normally the crew arrives in Kodiak a few days before the festival and stays a few days late, but due to the ferry schedule it will depart on Monday. Either way, his crew is determined to reach all of their favorite spots before they set off. On Tuesday they went camping near White Sands Beach and on Wednesday they traveled to Chiniak and Pasagshak to visit Fossil Beach and Surfers Beach, Ingram said.

“It’s our 10th anniversary and despite the fact that we had that fire, everyone we bring to Kodiak loves coming and we’re thrilled to officially start our 10th anniversary at Kodiak, in the place we love so much. ,” Ingram said. Ingram is still unsure what caused the trailer fire. They packed up the trailer and drove it the same way they have for six years, said In the past, the worst the company has suffered has been flat tires and broken springs, Ingram said.

It took two days for Alaskan Soda Jerk to get back on track, Ingram said. The first day was spent salvaging whatever they could from the wreckage, and the second day they searched and borrowed what they needed to continue their journey to Kodiak, he said.

In the past, Ingram promised the Chamber of Commerce that he would do everything in his power to get to Crab Fest, he said. This year is no different, he says.

The people of Kodiak have always treated Ingram and his company well, he said.

Alaskan Soda Jerk is not alone during this difficult time, according to Ingram. Ben Bacher with Expedition BBQ – another Crab Fest supplier – has launched a GoFundMe campaign for them, he said. On top of that, the Chamber of Commerce and Al and Barbara Large have helped the company in many great ways, Ingram said. House executive director Jena Lowmaster has been in touch with them every step of the way, Ingram said.

The Alaskan Soda Jerk was able to board its ferry as scheduled and arrived on the island on Tuesday, Ingram said. The team immediately launched into preparing their booth for Crab Fest and did their favorite activities on the island: hiking, biking and camping, he said.

Normally the crew arrives in Kodiak a few days before the festival and stays a few days late, but due to the ferry schedule it will depart on Monday. Either way, his crew is determined to hit all their favorite spots before they do. On Tuesday they went camping near White Sands Beach and on Wednesday they traveled to Chiniak and Pasagshak to visit Fossil Beach and Surfers Beach, Ingram said.

“It’s our 10th anniversary and despite the fact that we had that fire, everyone we bring to Kodiak loves coming and we’re thrilled to officially start our 10th anniversary at Kodiak, the place we love so much. “, Ingram mentioned.