Fun at the Fair
Great hike near Anchorage
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...more
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...more
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.more
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. For more information on crops (adobe...more
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.Get More information (adobe...more
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.more
606 S. Alaska St., Palmer, Alaska, 99645, United States
Good for: Families
We stayed in the very large Pioneer Room (4 adults). We had a private entrance but also easy inside...more
We stayed at Hatcher Pass B&B in July 2005, and loved it. They have about 8 separate log cabins. We...more
Most fair food is disgusting and bad for you, that is why we love it so, but this booth is different. What could be more refreshing than fresh baked cookies and a glass of cold milk? Um-Um. Across from the booth is a hula hoop area, where you can work off those extra fair calories, and have some fun. I had a "Peanut-Buddha" cookie and a glass of...more
Deep-fried Twinkies! Ugh!! Fair food at it's disgusting best (worst). Who thought of this idea? They are greasy and the cream filling liquifies and squirts out all over your hand and down your shirt-front if you are not careful. Can you feel your arteries hardening? So go on, try it, what have you got to lose? certainly not on any diet I've heard...more
Spicy reindeer polish dogs, buffalo bratwurst, hot dogs, jalapeno cheese dogs and caribou steak sandwiches, see what's happened to this American classic. Who can resist the good old Hot-Dog while at the State Fair. These Alaskan twists on our fair favorite are downright delicious!! The meat in these is a tad healthier than the usual, so if you are...more
Forget Energy Bars -- This is the State Fair, caramel apples and cotton candy provide an excellent sugar rush that the kids will love. The fair takes a long time to enjoy, and sometimes the kids need that extra jolt that only sugar can provide. Caramel apples and cotton candy! Come on, I know you secretly crave this awesome junk food. Get the...more
Puffy, white kernels covered with a sweet-salty splash / Cones filled with shaved ice, plenty of yummy flavors to chose from. This is two tips in one. At Becky's you get a whole lot of Kettle Corn, so save this stop for last, as you will need time to eat all of that bag o' corn. Wash it down with another fair favorite, shaved ice (formerly known as...more
We stopped in here, intending to grab a cup of coffee and get back on the road, but the food looked and smelled so good, we stuck around for breakfast. Two of us split a breakfast plate and it was still very filling. The food was delicious. My fav breakfast is always scram. eggs, toast, hash browns, and bacon, and I have had this meal in many...more
This was the last day of my travels with Peggy and Diane, and we drove from Seward. The roads are all good, and well marked. Check the website for detailed directions.
Parking fees: $4 for a car or $2 if you have four people in the car (carpool rate) There are detailed prices at this site:
The State Fair attracts a crowd, and there are many things to see and do. One of which is to donate blood. I try to donate a pint whenever I can, so I went in and filled out the paperwork. Then I found out that many others had the same good urge, and that I had to wait an hour and a half before it would be my turn. If you want to give blood, go early, or make an appointment.
The Blood Bank was giving out cool t-shirts that said "Starve a Mosquito -- Give Blood"
I'll give next time.
Is there such a thing as "off the beaten path" at the State Fair? I am using it to show some of the other crops exhibits. Like this beuatiful display of peas and corn.
For more information on crops (adobe):
This is so cool!! The complete cast of characters can be found in my T-Logue. Sorry the light did't help my photos, but check it out anyway, you won't be sorry. This is a nice place to sit and relax if you get tired from strolling around the fair grounds. Take a few moments to relax as you imagine these fancyful creatures dance around in a circle.more
The State Fair is fun for everyone, and people watching is one of my favorite activities. There is nothing better than people having a good time, so put on your fancy duds, get your hair done, and dive into that cotton-candy and caramel apple These two girls just stole my heart. They are so cute. Don't you just love them!more
Visit the Reindeer Farm, Musk Ox Farm, Wasilla Iditarod start in Feb/Mar, Hatcher Pass Mine Area, Long Rifle Cafe and Motel, Eureka Summit Lodge and Area nearby, Talkeetna Alaska Lodge (80 miles away), Denali National Park (115 miles away), and Anchorage is 40 miles away. 45 miles south of Anchorage is Whittier which is a great harbor visit by car...more