Summer Send-off

The view from the top of the Ferris wheel. The Alaska State Fair has a wide range of exhibits for everything from quilting to canning, and photography to flowers. Check out Alaska’s talent and see who won the blue ribbon, or participate in one of the many contests, including the Duct Tape Contest, Beard Contest, or Parent-Child Look-alike Contest. The fair also has many musical and cooking contests, and a variety of diverse vendors.
Credit: Courtesy Danny Reeves

By Alexander Deedy

As a kid, I always used to glance apathetically at the giant vegetables on display at the Alaska State Fair. I’d spend a little more time lingering by the animals, then zip off to the rides section and burn through tickets on the Gravitron and Tilt-a-Whirl. These days I actually appreciate what it takes to grow a mammoth vegetable, and I take the according amount of time to marvel at the size of cabbages, pumpkins, and zucchini that grow in Alaska.

One thing has remained the same (other than my love for funnel cakes), and it’s that the fair always seems to be the transition to autumn. The fair seems to mark the culmination of Alaskan summer. It’s a smorgasbord of Alaska on display. There’s local grub, local art, local businesses, local musicians, and a healthy dose of traveling talent that made the trip north to show off their lumberjack skills or drive giant monster trucks.

Super-sized veggies on display at the Alaska State Fair.
Credit: Jay Galvin, Creative Commons

Basically, the fair is an all-around good time and great summer send-off. This year the Alaska State Fair runs from August 22 to September 2. Alaska magazine will have single issues for sale in the Relevant Publishers booth, so pick up a copy while you’re there!