Tuesday, August 28 • Noon
Ever wondered what a 1,287-pound pumpkin looks like? That’s what last year’s winner weighed in at. Don’t miss this year’s results!
Daily • 12 & 5 PM (except Sunday, Sept. 2) Documentary film of the New Deal pioneers.
Daily • 2, 4 & 6 PM
You’ll see acrobatics and comedy like you’ve never seen before, including a wild mix of flatland and aerial bicycle skills, low wire balancing, and the German Wheel. There’s even a chance for some audience participation in a comedy boxing routine. Bring the family to this action-packed performance.
Saturday, August 25 • 11 AM
Students and teachers share what they learned through the planting and harvesting of a history garden featuring only plants that were farmed by the original Matanuska colonists in 1935.
Sunday, August 26 • 11 AM
Matanuska Valley author Heather Lehe will read from her novel, “Colony Kids,” which tells the story of the Matanuska colonists’ first summer in Alaska through the eyes of the children.
RAM Truck Yellow Gate Lawn
Daily • 2, 4 & 6 PM
Presented by the Rockin’ B Riding Club, making its debut at the Fair
this year is Equi-mazing, a multifaceted equine entertainment show featuring specially trained and costumed local riders and horses. Get ready for high-speed western vaulting and stunt riding, roman riding, western drill and dressage quadrille, bareback and bridle-less liberty riding, surcingle, vaulting, trick roping and bull whip cracking.
Equi-mazing was created with the help of professional equine entertainers from the lower 48 who have performed in the likes of Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede, the Royal Lipizzaner Stallions, Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show, and pro rodeos across the U.S.
Weekends & Labor Day • 12:30, 2:30, 4:30, and 6:30 PM
UAA’s Flight Crew takes “higher education” seriously. Formation of the club was inspired by a collaborative performance directed by the Aerial Angels of Kalamazoo, MI and produced by UAA Theatre. While some of the folks have run off and joined the circus, several others are finishing their degrees and taking performance to new heights right here in Alaska.
Friday, August 31 • 7 PM
Will this be the year an Alaska grower breaks another world record? Be there to find out! Get growin’ for over $4,000 in cash prizes
1st Place $2,000 | 2nd Place $1,000 | 3rd Place $500
Daily • 1, 3, 5 & 7:30 PM
King BMX Stunt Show performers have competed at the X Games, Gravity Games and Dew Action Sports Tour and have been featured on America’s Got Talent, Fox Sports and Monday Night Football.
Saturday, September 1 • 1:30 & 4:30 PM
Author and photographer Helen Hegener will talk about her upcoming book, “Matanuska Colony Barns.” Exhibits telling the story of the Matanuska Colony will also be on display in the Wineck Barn throughout the Fair.
Mat-Su Regional Medical Center present
Monday – Thursday • noon – 10pm | Friday – Sunday • 10am – 10pm
Our Body: Live Healthy is a world-class exhibit that explores the wonder of the human body. An educational display consisting of actual human bodies and organs, this compelling exhibit “goes under the skin” revealing the mysteries of human anatomy and illustrating the importance of taking care of our own bodies. (We recommend this exhibit for fairgoers ages 12 & over.)
GCI Cable Bluebonnet Stage
Daily • 12:30, 3 & 6:30 PM
Paul Isaak is seriously funny. Paul’s show will send you on a comedy roller coaster ride, with stunts such as juggling flaming torches, and shaving with a flying machete.
In and around the KidZone! Daily
Penelope the Clown will bring laughter, smiles, and fun to the Kid Zone and around the grounds with juggling, magic,and fantastic balloon sculptures.
Kendall Toyota of Anchorage Grandstand Lawn
Daily • 1, 3 & 5 PM
Pirates for Hire is a live-action, award-winning pirate-themed troupe specializing in action/comedy performances with cutlass fighting, pistol firing, and breakaway bottles.
Alyeska Pipeline Colony Stage
Daily • 2, 4 & 7 PM
Percussive Dance, directed by Brian Bon, combines brilliantly innovative tap, precision clogging, and explosive stomp to bring you an electrifying dance experience.
Spenard Builder’s Supply presents
Daily • 1, 3 & 6 PM
An entertaining show featuring World Champion Lumberjacks you’ve seen on the ESPN Great Outdoor Games…a unique blend of sport, education, history and comedy.
Horizon Lines of Alaska presents
Monday – Thursday, August 27 – 30 • 1:30, 3:30 & 5:30 PM
The Canine Stars are the top canine athletes in the country, pushing the limits in freestyle flying disc, high jump, speed weaving, and other extreme sports and stunts.
Saturday & Sunday, August 25 & 26 • 2 PM
Just inside the RAM Truck Yellow Gate At the France Equestrian Center
This original Alaska State Fair competition is the biggest and best rodeo in the state, with some of the finest talent competing in bull riding, double mugging, bareback riding, barrel racing and other top rodeo events. This year’s event also features local trick riders, plus award-winning pro rodeo announcer Ted Dwyer and the world’s smallest barrelman and pro rodeo clown! Let’s rodeo, Alaska!
Adult/senior $12, youth $7
Daily • 2 PM (except Sunday, Sept. 2) Stories of Alaska Pioneers, which features extended interviews with many of the original Matanuska colonists, their children who grew up in the colony, and others who worked on this extraordinary New Deal project.