10 must-do events at the Alaska State Fair
It's that time of year again! As the sun sets on summer, thousands of Alaskans will flock to Palmer to partake in the fun family festivities at the Alaska State Fair.
While there's a ton of stuff to do, including concerts from big name bands, we've narrowed down the list to 10 things you won't want to miss at this year's end-of-summer event.
Get a taste of the Wild Wild West
Every single day of the fair, watch Loop Rawlins crack whips, rope tricks and gun spinning at his Wild West Show! Rawlins has been featured on America's Got Talent and Cirque du Soleil. His free show is daily at 2, 4 and 6:30.
After Loop Rawlins has gotten you warmed up and ready for some more Wild West flare, swing by the Champions Tour Finals Rodeo, which runs the first weekend at 2 p.m. Also be sure to catch the Junior Rodeo Friday, August 25 at 6. Tickets are needed for the rodeo in addition to fair admission.
Raise a glass at Cheers and Beers
Alaskans love their local brews, so what better way-- for adults 21+-- to celebrate than to raise a glass of their favorite Alaskan craft brew at the Cheers and Beers event on Tuesday, August 29 from 4 to 7 in the Borealis Plaza Tent. Cheers and Beers is a pre-party ahead of the Aaron Watson concert, and any ticket holders will get five free samples inside the event. Taste tickets are just a buck, and commemorative mugs are $20.
Get revved up with great shows on wheels
Monster Truck Show (featuring freestyle motocross riders!). Demolition Derby. KING BMX. I mean, who doesn't love to watch grown ups do crazy things in vehicles? Catch the BMX show-- featuring riders who've competed in the X Games-- for free with fair admission daily at Purple Plaza. The Demolition Derby and KING BMX both require tickets. Watch Monster Trucks Saturday and Sunday afternoon, September 2 and 3, but don't miss the Demolition Derby on Friday night, September 1.
Dance like no one is watching -- or listening
Get your groove on every night at 8:30 in the Borealis Plaza Tent at the Silent Disco! Slip on some earphones, feel the beat and let the music take control! Brought to you by the same folks who run Silent Disco at renowned music festivals such as Bonnaroo.
*Bonus* There's a kid-friendly Silent Disco featuring Clifford the Big Red Dog August 31 through September 2 at 5 p.m.
Gape at gigantic vegetables
Arguably one of the best-known events at the Alaska State Fair is the Giant Cabbage Weigh-Off. Friday, September 1 at 7 p.m., swing through the Farm Exhibits and guess the weight of the giant cabbage-- you could win some cold hard cash! If you can't make it out, we'll feature the event LIVE on KTVA.com. By the way, we hear the weather this year should make for some large leafy greens.
Wrangle in the kids for fun and games
Swing on through the KTVA 11 News Corral for lots of family fun throughout the Alaska State Fair. Some of the highlights include Kids' Day Games, Diaper Derby and Toddler Trot, local athletics-- featuring dance, gymnastics and dance teams, and on August 27, the KTVA 11 News Corral goes to the dogs! Come on out and watch Fast Flyball Fun, the Sheepdog Herding Demo, the JBER Dog team and the Cook Inlet Kennel Club Dog Show. Also, there's goat yoga. Need we say more?
End summer with a bang
While it's always hard to say goodbye to summer in Alaska, at least we can do it with some fanfare. Don't miss the fireworks show on Saturday, September 2 at 10 p.m.-- because guess what? It'll actually be dark enough to see them. ;)