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    Drive to Hatchers Pass

    by shavy Written Nov 6, 2015

    If you drove to the mountain from Palmer town there are nice things to see on the way. Our hotel host in Palmer told us that is only a 20 min drive if you don't stop on the way. If you have a car you can do all do that stopped anytime you want. A winding road is gravel for 22 miles and can be rough. The pass is a beautiful drive, with alpine lakes, rocky mountain. It would be a shame if traveling in Alaska and miss Hatchers pass.

    Address: Palmer

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    Wonderful vistas along the Hatchers Pass

    by shavy Written Nov 6, 2015

    This is our main reason driving up in Palmer, the Hatchers Pass. We were here in May some of the road is not open yet because of the snow. We're glad were able to drive up a little bit and visited the village mine.

    The vistas during our visit was beautiful. The landscape were covered with snow higher up the mountain you can stop for viewing. A beautiful blue lake high in the mountains between the patches of snow.

    Oh well because the road is closed to the mine, we have to leave our car at the parking and walked to the village. This could happen when you visit this place early in the year. The road is accessible by all kinds of vehicle, not all road opened yet but you can drive a little to the top not the highest top before it

    Address: Palmer

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    The state fairgrounds

    by shavy Written Oct 22, 2015

    Getting here we took the car, this is outside downtown of Palmer. Is open all the time, you can stroll around at your own pace. State Fairgrounds is an 297 acres which hosts variety of events. During our visit, there was rugby game, we hadn't bothered of watch to it, you need a ticket to entry. You can also enjoy the incredible views of the mountains

    This is the place where the biggest events held in Alaska every year. Exhibitors and Vendors from all over Alaska come to attend this fair and display their products. As we heard from our host this is one of the busiest time in Palmer, accommodations are fully booked
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    Address: 2075 Glenn Hwy

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    Steam Locomotive

    by shavy Updated Oct 21, 2015

    This locomotive is located in north of Palmer. The number 5 is part of three locomotives (No 4, 5, and 6) We found the No 6 in Anchorage right infront of the station. Number 5 was built by Baldwin in 1910, one of three sister locomotives purchased for the construction of the Alaska Railroad. A good place to stroll around, the depot holds a weekly farmers market as well as seasonal and special events

    Address: 610 S Valley Way

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    Land of Giants

    by shavy Written Oct 21, 2015

    We have seen this examples at the backyard from the Visitors Center. They are really huge, looking to the yearly chart it stated the lbs of the biggest vegetable. No wonder why it grows here the giant vegetables. The Matanuska Valley deep loam silt. The combination of glaciers wind and water and a lots of summer sunlight give Palmer unique qualities to grow giant vegetables

    Palmer is considered the farming center of Alaska. It seems you'll find this giant veggies at the Alaska State Fair that held the last weekend of August till the first week of September. There is lots of competition for who can grow the largest produce

    Address: 723 S. Valley Way

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    Lutheran Church

    by shavy Written Oct 21, 2015

    While we wandering around, and noticed that were like the only one walking in this town, we hardly seen cars running and while we have a sunny afternoon. The motel owner has no map in town, so she make a sketch on a paper where to find things to see in Palmer

    She mentioned about this Lutheran church that worth to see but she didn't mention that was closed. It takes a while before we found it. The location of the church is across a park. It stands in a nice environment with a mountain backdrop. The haze color in wooden building which really attracts me. We walk around it, I was more curious to see the interior, too bad it was closed

    Address: 440 E Elmwood Ave

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    Easy walks around

    by shavy Written Oct 20, 2015

    While strolling around we feel like we're on our own. It was so calm, I wonder where is everyone. We pass to a pub where were a lot of people outside the terrace. We thought maybe the whole is in there drinking :-)

    We continue walking and we pass to the famous water tank. Who thought that this is a landmark in town, right in the middle of town. A silver tank white oval and black lettering PALMER. The tower sits inside a gated and fenced building compound

    I've noticed some stuff around where fenced, like the bells, this stood in park. There are few things to see. I think we walk for more than an hour and we feel that we seen some the most of it

    Address: Palmer center

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    Scarecrows all in a row

    by kaloz Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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.

    To see who won:
    http://www.alaskastatefair.org/2003/results/results1.html

    Address: State Fairgrounds

    Directions: http://www.alaskastatefair.org/2003/gettofair.html

    Phone: 1-800-850-FAIR

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    Generations -- The 4-H Barn

    by kaloz Written Aug 29, 2003

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    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.

    Address: 4-H Barn

    Phone: 1-800-850-FAIR

    Website: http://www.alaskastatefair.org/

    Youth Woodwork
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    Don't forget the Cabbage

    by kaloz Written Aug 29, 2003

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    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 format):

    http://www.alaskastatefair.org/pdfs/2003_eg_crops.pdf

    Address: State Fairgrounds

    Directions: http://www.alaskastatefair.org/2003/gettofair.html

    Phone: 1-800-850-FAIR

    Website: http://www.alaskastatefair.org/

    Second Best!!
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    Hand Crafts -- Exhibits and Demonstrations

    by kaloz Written Aug 29, 2003

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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.

    Get More information (adobe format)
    http://www.alaskastatefair.org/pdfs/2003_eg_handandneed.pdf

    Address: 2075 Glenn Hwy, State Fairgrounds

    Directions: http://www.alaskastatefair.org/2003/gettofair.html

    Phone: 1-800-850-FAIR

    Website: http://www.alaskastatefair.org

    Spinning and Needlework
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    Go to the State Fair

    by kaloz Written Aug 29, 2003

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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.

    Address: Alaska State Fairgrounds, 2075 Glenn Hwy

    Directions: 35 miles from Anchorage on the Glenn Highway or for more detailed directions:
    http://www.alaskastatefair.org/2003/aboutus/directions.html

    Phone: 1-800-850-FAIR

    Website: http://www.alaskastatefair.org/index.html

    Let's go to the fair
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