Alaska State Fair

Alaska State Fair Photo
Alaska State Fair
August 16 - September 2, 2024
Alaska State Fairgrounds,
2075 Glenn Hwy
Palmer, AK 99645
“Everything’s bigger in Alaska” doesn’t just refer to mountains, glaciers, and wildlife. Alaska’s largest event, the Alaska State Fair, takes place in Palmer in late August and early September. Concerts, performances, exhibits, thrilling rides, and world-record-setting vegetables are all part of the fun. 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 14-day event features many quirky activities and classic state far staples. From quilting and sewing to honey and beekeeping to baked goods and local art, hundreds of exhibitors show off their crafts 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.

Photo Credit: ATIA, Matt Hage