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Friday Five! – Five Photos from the Alaska State Fair

Friday Five! – Five Photos from the Alaska State Fair

This week’s theme for the Friday Five! is the Alaska State Fair.  This event has been held for over 75 years in Palmer, Alaska and regularly draws close to 300,000 attendees.

We like State Fairs, and Alaska’s was no exception.  It definitely had a different feel than other state fairs we’ve attended.  For one thing, it was pretty chilly.  Most state fairs don’t require a coat!  I also don’t remember seeing even one corn cob or any butter sculptures – both are mainstays at most state fairs.  But the differences made the fair special and we enjoyed the experience.  We’ll definitely head back if we are back in Alaska in their fair season (end of August – beginning of September).

#5 – Iditarod Mile Marker

iditarod mileage marker at the alaska state fair

The legendary Iditarod annual dogsledding race travels through Palmer.

#4 – T-Shirt Vendor with Texas Complex

alaska pissin' off texas vendor alaska state fair

The vendor sold t-shirts with the state of Alaska with Texas inside of it – tiny by comparison.

#3 – Salmon and Reindeer Sausage Quesadilla

reindeer sausage salmon quesadilla alaska state fair

Alaska definitely put a local spin on the traditional fair food – less stick, more salmon.

#2 – Head into American Gothic

american gothic kids

This photo makes me laugh. Every. Time.

# 1 – Everything is Bigger in… Alaska?!

giant pumpkin alaska state fair

Despite their short growing season, Alaska can grow massive pumpkins.

 

  1. Mary {The World Is A Book} 29 March, 2013

    These are great and fun pictures! It definitely is a bit different from other state fairs. I had no idea they can even grow pumpkins that big in Alaska. My husband would love to try that Salmon and Reindeer Sausage Quesadilla. Adorable pictures of your kids on the cutout!

  2. Lish 30 March, 2013

    Aww, those kids sure are cute!

  3. Marisol 3 April, 2013

    A very unique street fair indeed — no corn cobs!? Even their quessadilla is so unique! I guess that’s what make Alaska interesting. The photos of your kids are adorable.

  4. budget jan 4 April, 2013

    You must nearly be able to see that pumpkin grow! We do not have state fairs in Australia. Looks like fun.

  5. InsideJourneys 4 April, 2013

    State fairs are such fun. I love that sign, “Alaska Pissing off Texas since 1959.” Hehehehe!!!! I didn’t realize there was a rivalry.

  6. Lisa 5 April, 2013

    Great photos – looks like quite an interesting state fair! My older daughter developed a bit of an obsession for sled dogs and the Iditarod when we went to Alaska – she would have loved to have seen one of the mile markers.

  7. Michele {Malaysian Meanders} 8 April, 2013

    #4 really made me laugh. Yes, we Texans like to claim that we do everything big, conveniently forgetting about Alaska. That is a HUGE pumpkin!

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