Alaska State Fair

“Everything’s bigger in Alaska” doesn’t just refer to mountains, glaciers and wildlife. Alaska’s largest event takes place in Palmer in late August and early September. Concerts, performances, exhibits, amusement park rides and even world-record-setting vegetables are all unique aspects of the Alaska State Fair. Giant produce like a 1,471-pound pumpkin and 94-pound cabbage amaze spectators before becoming dinner for animals at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center and other regional sanctuaries.

The 12-day event also features many quirky events, like greased pig races, giant cabbage weigh-off and Great Alaskan Husband Holler Contest. From quilting and sewing to honey and beekeeping to baked goods and local art, hundreds of exhibitors show off their craft at the fair. With competitions like the Diaper Derby and Toddler Trot, Beer Tap, Beard Contest and Senior Joke and Storytelling, the fair draws visitors of all ages from near and far.

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Trek on a glacier – Come face to face with 400-foot ice walls and calving icebergs at Knik Glacier.


Catch a fish – Hook a big one in one of Southcentral Alaska’s most popular fishing region that’s home to salmon, halibut and more.


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