The last week of August until Labor Day is always the Alaska State Fair in the Matanuska Valley. The fair draws people from all over the state, but particularly Anchorage, Palmer, Wasilla and the smaller surrounding communities. I have fond memories of the County fair where I grew up in Georgia and entered sewing, craft and baking items on a regular basis. Sometimes I took the fair book and planned what I would sew and craft for the following years entries. Living in Alaska, we have burroughs instead of counties, so the fair is referred to as a state fair. Unlike those state fairs in the lower 48 where county fair entries are sometimes forwarded to the state level, Alaska’s State fairs stand alone. Sometimes, if there are exceptional entries, the owner of that entry will allow the item to travel to other fair locations to be put on exhibit with their ribbons, but only judged at the original location.
Of course, there are also the midway, rides, entertainment and food to consider when visiting the fair! Vendors also hock their wares to fair goers, and you’ll see the tie-dyed shirts, wax hands, and painted faces to go along with the giant stuffed animals that some lucky person has won. You’ll also see lines to purchase turkey legs, funnel cakes and all the fair foods that are only served once a year. What’s a fair without cream puffs, candied apples and cotton candy?
It was hard to choose photos for this post. Hope you like the view from behind my camera lens! (Be sure to hover over the picture for a description)