Alaska State Fair 2013 festival will begin August 22 and has a great concert line-up, contest, family events and carnival with over 290,000 attendance. Don’t miss out on the fun this year with the best carnival and festivities Palmer, AK has seen in years!
Dates: August 22 – September 2, 2013
Expected Attendance: over 290,000
Location of Alaska State Fair 2013 festival and Alaskan maps:
Alaska festival concert line-up for 2013
August 22, 2013
August 23, 2013
August 24, 2013
August 25, 2013
August 26, 2013
Love and Theft
August 27, 2013
Tenth Avenue North
August 28, 2013
August 29, 2013
Kendrick Lamar Odem
August 30, 2013
3 Doors Down
August 31, 2013
September 1, 2013
September 2, 2013
Fill Up Phillip Wilson Phillips
Alaskan festival events
- Exhibit Cooking Contest
- Cabbage Contest
- Baked Goods
- Clay Arts
- Creative Arts & Crafts
- Fiber & Fleece
- Handwork & Needlework
- Honey & Beekeeping
- Quilt contest
- Spirited Beverages & Soda Pop
History of the Alaskan State Fair festival
Alaskan State Fair Attendance by year
The Alaska State Fair festival is an annual state fair held in Palmer, Alaska. USA The 2011 Alaska State Fair, which marked the event’s 75th birthday, was held August 25 to September 5 with the theme “75 Years and Growin’.”
That first year’s Alaska State Fair festival included the crowning of the Fair queen, a baby show, boxing matches, horse races, dances, a rodeo and baseball games. There were also agricultural entries, including giant cabbages, grain, carrots, onions, celery, peas and other vegetables. The first Alaska State Fair was held September 4–7, 1936. It was organized by the families who moved to Alaska’s Matanuska-Susitna Valley in 1935, when the U.S. government established a farming colony there with the intent of opening up Alaska, providing food to the military in case of war, and giving families on relief a new start.
1967 was the Fair’s first year in its present 300-acre location at 2075 Glenn Highway in Palmer, AK. The total attendance that year reached 72,000. Over the years, Alaska State Fair festival attendance has continued its upward trend. During the 18-day Fair in 1998, a record 361,804 people participated in the event. That same year, the Fair accepted 10,890 exhibit entries – the highest on record. During World War II, the Fair took a five-year hiatus from 1942 to 1946. But the Fair was back in operation in 1947. 1950 saw the first carnival rides at the Fair. In 1956, the Fair Board petitioned the Alaska State Fair festival for official designation as the Alaska State Fair. In 1960, the Fair celebrated its 25th anniversary and was paid a visit by President John F. Kennedy.
Alaska State Fair festival fairground facilities have also continued to grow. In 1975, the Fair became home to Colony Village, which preserves some of the historic buildings from the Valley’s early days. In 1997, the construction of Pioneer Plaza and Raven Hall was completed. In 2004, the Fair opened its new Green Gate and Railroad Depot. In 2010, it was estimated a total of 290,119 people attended the Alaska State Fair festival, which featured 8,081 exhibit entries and 450 vendors. The Fair set another record in 2003, with 312,419 visitors attending the Fair over a 12-day period.
Also in 2010, Valley resident and protester Sidney Hill was arrested for fourth-degree assault, disorderly conduct and trespassing after he caused a disturbance on the fairgrounds while carrying a large political sign. The incident was addressed on the Fair blog, and subsequent articles regarding Mr. Hill’s activities were published in the Anchorage Daily News and The Frontiersman.
Alaskan fair Attractions
Situated in the heart of the fertile Matanuska-Susitna Valley, the Fair features giant vegetable exhibits, like 2010’s pending world record-breaking 46-foot, 8-inch gourd vine, and the state record-breaking 39-inch bean, 83-inch gourd and 1,101-pound pumpkin.
The Alaska State Fair festival’s giant cabbage contest tradition began in 1941, when a $25 prize was offered for the largest cabbage and Max Sherrod of the Valley took the prize with a 23 pounder. The official Giant Cabbage Weigh-Off was established in 1995. In 2009, grower Steve Hubacek entered a 127.0-pound cabbage, which not only took first place, but also set a new world record.
In 2007, the Fair’s flowers and gardens received some national recognition, when the makers of the Public Broadcasting Service program GardenSMART visited the Fair to film a 30-minute segment.
Topping the list of fairgoer favorites is Fair food. Nearly 70 food vendors are scheduled to attend the 2011 Fair, offering staples like hot dogs, pizza, burgers and nachos, to more exotic selections including gyros, Alaska seafood and all kinds of food on a stick, to desserts like ice cream, cream puffs and more. More than 400 non-food vendors are also present at the Fair each year.
The Fair also features thousands of exhibits, in categories including art, baked goods, canning, clay arts, crops, fiber and fleece, flowers, handwork and needlework, homebrew, honey and bee products, livestock, photography, poultry, quilts, rabbits, sewing, spirited beverages and soda pop, and woodworking.
The Fair also features free entertainment around the fairgrounds, and events and contests like the rodeo, Diaper poopcar Derby, and Alaska Home Grown Games. The Fair also hosts a midway with carnival rides and games, and presents big name concerts each year as part of the Borealis Concert Series.
The AT&T Concert Series is a big draw for the Alaska State Fair, which has played host to dozens of bands and performers over the last 75 years.
Past performances and groups have been Ted Nutty Nugent, David Archuletta, Lonestar, Hinder, Shinedown, Boyz II Men, Darryl Worley, Collective Soul from Atlanta, Seether, the Beach Boys, Bill Engval, Kansas, Gin Blossoms, Rembrandts, Charlie Daniels Band, Cheap Trick, Uncle Kracker, Los Lobos, Toby Mac, Kenny Rogers, Howie Mandel, REO Speedwagon, and Micky Dolenz.