Alaska State Fair Celebrates Its 75th Birthday

With old and new attractions, the Alaska State Fair offers unique activities and attractions that the whole family to enjoy By: Megan Brickwood
Alaska Native Cultures Day at the Alaska State Fair celebrates the roots of Alaska.// © 2011 Alaska State Fair
Alaska Native Cultures Day at the Alaska State Fair celebrates the roots of Alaska.// © 2011 Alaska State Fair

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The Alaska State Fair
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This year, the Alaska State Fair celebrates its 75th anniversary. The state fair began in 1936 as a celebration of community building and has since grown into a massive event with multiple attractions and an estimated attendance of more than 290,000 in 2010.

Featuring a wide variety of food booths serving hearty dishes, including Greek, Mexican and traditional American barbecue dishes, the variety ensures that nobody goes home hungry. Specialty and traditional baked goods and refreshments are also available for those with a sweet tooth or a light craving.

The Alaska State Fair, located in downtown Palmer, features entertainment and activities for competitive types as well as those who like to sit back and take it all in. Festival-goers can participate in contests, including a fitness competition and the Alaska’s Got Talent competition, or watch live music performed by notable artists, including OneRepublic, Queensryche, Craig Morgan and Colbie Callat.

The state fair is divided into 11 themed days. Themes such as Alaska Grown Day and Alaska Native Cultures Day celebrate the roots of Alaskan heritage. Certain days will attract the more budget conscious: For example, 2 Buck Thursday allows guests to enter the fair for $2 and, on both Kids’ Day and Family Day, children attend the fair free of charge.  

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