The day of our visit was the Scarecrow Contest at the Matanuska Maid Corral. There are a lot of crows and ravens in Alaska so you must know how to make a good scarecrow if you are going to farm here. The competition didn't lend itself to pictures but I found these guys hanging around afterwards.
Teams of three have one hour to build the best scarecrow.
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The Musk Ox is a unique and interesting animal. The Musk Ox farm in Palmer, Alaska, is dedicated to the preservation and proliferation of this virtually prehistoric species.
Besides viewing numerous musk oxen, the farm offers an education on the long relationship between the animal and the native people(s) of Alaska. When visiting the farm, you'll learn the history of the musk ox, and how it has been domesticated on the farm. You'll see powerful bulls and tame yearlings....and a few cute and scruffy little calves.
The Farm is open daily, from 10:00 AM until 6:00 pm, May through September. Guided tours begin every half hour.
Also, you might want to contact the native knitter's cooperative at www.qiviut.com.
4-H is developing youth through life skills --- learn by doing. Visit the 4-H barn to see what the kids have learned. The exhibits are wonderful and show great imagination. Well worth a visit. I was amazed and delighted to see what happens when you get kids away from the television and video-games.
While I wasn't there for the giant cabbage competition, there is plenty to see in the crops area, including this beautiful cabbage which was only good enough for a red ribbon (2nd best). There are plenty of other crops on display if cabbage isn't your fancy, but I only get to pick one photo at a time.
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Watch and learn as demonstrations take you from shearing an animal to spinning the yarn and making it into something wonderful. Here we see two women working the shorn hair of an Al-Paca. First spinning it to make a yarn, and then working the yarn for clothing.
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If you are in Alaska at the end of August, take a trip to Palmer for Alaska's State Fair. Produce, Livestock, Crafts, Food, Rides, and a whole lot of fun awaits. Just 35 miles from Anchorage. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for Seniors and Youth, and free for any under 6 years old. Parking is $4 for cars, or $2 if you have four people in your car.