Exhibitor Guide is Available Now!

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Exhibitor Guide is Available Now!

Goo Goo Dolls and Midland Added to Fair 2018 Line-Up

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Tickets go on sale Friday, February 16 at 10 a.m.

The hits just keep on coming! We are so excited to announce the addition of multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated rock band Goo Goo Dolls and hot new country trio Midland to our 2018 AT&T Concert Series line-up at the ConocoPhillips Borealis Theatre. Tickets for both concerts go on sale to the general public Friday, February 16 at 10 a.m.


Goo Goo Dolls, presented by KYMG, will perform Friday, August 24 at 7 p.m. With more than 12 million albums sold since 1986, this multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated rock band is one of the most globally respected and influential forces in popular music. “Name,” “Slide” and “Iris” are among the band’s impressive 14 Top 10 hits – more than any other artist in the history of the Hot AC format. The band has 11 full-length studio albums to their name, and released a five-song EP, You Should Be Happy, in 2017.

Midland takes the stage Saturday, August 25 at 7 p.m. Described as 70s California country, Midland is known for their smooth, Eagles-style harmonies and heart-on-your-sleeve lyrics, all sung with the twang of George Strait. After endearing themselves to fans with the hit radio single “Drinkin’ Problem” and a self-titled EP, the trio of friends known as Midland unveiled their full-length debut, On the Rocks, which also features the songs “Make a Little” and “Nothin’ New Under the Neon.”

New this year, we are pleased to offer the option to purchase concert tickets that include Fair admission! The included admission is at a discounted price and good any day of the Fair. Concert-only tickets are still available for fairgoers who already have admission. Remember that convenience fees apply on all concert ticket purchases.

Mark your calendar – starting at 10 a.m. on Friday, February 16, tickets will be available:

The Goo Goo Dolls and Midland join breakthrough country star Luke Combs and Grammy-nominated stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan in the 2018 Fair line-up. Combs appears at the Fair September 1, while Gaffigan will perform two shows on September 2. Tickets to see Combs and Gaffigan are currently available for purchase on our website.

Watch our website, Facebook and Twitter for additional information on the confirmed entertainers, as well as future 2018 concert announcements.

Jim Gaffigan Announced as First Act in Fair’s 2018 Concert Series

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Stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan is the first act confirmed for our 2018 Concert Series at the Alaska State Fair! The Grammy-nominated, New York Times best-selling comic will perform two shows on Sunday, September 2 at the ConocoPhillips Borealis Theatre on the fairgrounds. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, December 8 at 10 a.m.

This is the second time that Gaffigan will perform at the Fair. Since his 2015 appearance, Gaffigan released his newest album, Cinco, and starred in his own TV show, “The Jim Gaffigan Show.” The dry, clever comic is currently wrapping up his 2017 Noble Ape Tour, which took him around the U.S. as well as Europe, and is preparing to launch his 2018 tour, The Fixer Upper.

Gaffigan will take the Fair stage at 2 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. on September 2. Tickets will be $35 for the lawn area, $75 for reserved seating, and $95 for premier seating (first center three rows). Convenience fees apply, and Fair admission is additional.

Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, December 8 at 10 a.m. and will be available:

Watch our website,, for additional information on Gaffigan, as well as future 2018 concert announcements.


Attendance Not Only Measure of Success for 2017 Fair

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Sold out concerts, record-breaking fundraiser point to successful year

Palmer, Alaska – Attendance numbers aren’t the only measure of success for the 2017 Alaska State Fair, which took place August 24 – September 4 at the fairgrounds in Palmer. Sold out concerts, a record-breaking fundraiser, and increases in advance ticket sales all point toward another successful year for Alaska’s largest annual event.

While estimated and paid attendance were down 3.59 percent and 2.75 percent, respectively, from 2016, the fairgoers who attended came to enjoy everything the Fair had to offer. Both the Josh Turner and Doobie Brothers concerts sold out, as did all three of the All Star Monster Trucks shows.

The slight decrease in attendance was perhaps a reflection of Alaska’s economic uncertainty, as was the increase in fairgoers taking advantage of available discounts. Sales of advance admission tickets – which offered discounts up to 30 percent – were up by 5.5 percent. Meanwhile, attendance on $2 Buck Thursday – when admission was just $2 between noon and 2 p.m. – was up 29 percent.

Fairgoers were generous when it came to supporting local 4-H youth. For the second year in a row, a record amount was raised at the 4-H Junior Market Livestock Auction. The auction set a record last year, bringing in a total of $214,312.50. Supporters helped set another record this year, when 94 livestock animals were auctioned for a total of $221,000.

“Rain or shine, every day was a beautiful day at the 2017 Alaska State Fair,” said Jerome Hertel, Fair general manager. “Memories were made, friendships were formed and an annual tradition lives on.”

“Thank you to everyone who attended the 2017 Alaska State Fair, brought friends or family and made it ‘Better Together.’ We hope you had a wonderful time and invite you back again next year to help us celebrate the people, traditions and culture of Alaska.”

The 2018 Alaska State Fair will take place August 23 – September 3.

51th Annual Palmer Gun Show – “The Oldest, Continuous Show in Alaska”

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51th Annual Palmer Gun Show – “The Oldest, Continuous Show in Alaska”

Palmer Lions The 51th Annual Palmer Gun Show  “The Oldest, Continuous Show in Alaska” March 3 & 4th, 2018 Saturday – 10:00 am – 6:00 pm Sunday – 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Gun Show in Raven Hall and Craft Show in Hoskins Building Palmer Fairgrounds, Palmer, AK 99645 Adults $7.00 or 2 day pass for $10 Children Under 12 FREE w/adult Come look, trade, swap, talk, and get catalogs. Over 250 tables of rifles, pistols, knives, outdoor gear, displays, and more.

Fair Annual Meeting This Thursday, February 9

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Highlights include board election and door prizes

The Alaska State Fair, Inc. will hold its 2017 Annual Membership Meeting on Thursday, February 9. The annual meeting will take place at 7 p.m. in Raven Hall on the fairgrounds. Interested members of the public are invited to attend, but only Fair lifetime and 2016 annual members are eligible to vote at the meeting.

The primary order of business is the election of three members to the Fair’s board of directors. Each seat will have a three-year term. A total of five candidates, including two incumbents, will appear on the ballot:

  • Kristy Bernier, incumbent
  • Sabrena Combs
  • Danny Consenstein, incumbent
  • John Olson
  • Jason Ortiz

Candidate statements are available for review on the Fair website.

Fair members in attendance have the opportunity to win amazing annual meeting door prizes including:

  • 2017 concert ticket package
  • Fair season pass
  • Fair family fun pack
  • Monster truck ticket package
  • Mighty Matanuska Brewfest ticket package
  • Whittier fishing trip for two

For more information on the board candidates and annual meeting, please visit or contact Jerry Baker, Fair administrative services manager, at or 907.746.7155.

McCollums & Pinkelmans – 2017 Farm Family of the Year

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(Palmer, AK) – The McCollum and Pinkelman families of Delta Junction have been selected by the Alaska agriculture community as the 2017 Alaska State Fair Farm Family of the Year. They will be honored at the Alaska State Fair on Thursday, August 24.

McCollum and Pinkelman families who operate both their farm, Northwest Land & Livestock, and their processing plant, Delta Meat & Sausage, Inc

Doug and Cathie McCollum and their daughter and son-in-law Jeannie and Russ Pinkelman operate both their farm, Northwest Land & Livestock, and their processing plant, Delta Meat & Sausage, Inc. The farm began in 1984, when Doug and Cathie purchased 17 heifers and a Galloway Bull from a farm in South Dakota. Today they raise between 400 and 500 head of Galloway/Angus cattle and 350 pigs. Delta Meat & Sausage, Inc. was established in 1997, and is a full-service slaughter and meat processing facility. They market beef, pork, buffalo, yak, elk and reindeer from local farmer, and process specialty game from local big game hunters.

The McCollums have lived in Alaska for 49 years, and currently three generations of the family work on their farm in Delta Junction. Doug and Russ work on the farm, with Doug doing the mechanical maintenance and Russ managing the livestock and building. Cathie and Jeannie run the plant, and Doug and Cathie’s grandchildren Quinn and Lincoln help with chores on the farm. They also hire part-time help. Their future farming plans are to continue business as usual, and to maintain the quality that the local communities have been getting from them for years.

McCollum and Pinkelman family with Matt and Sue the Alaska State Fair Mascots!

While not working their businesses, both families sponsor many local non-profit kid’s events, little league, youth hockey, and local 4-H kids. The families say they love farming because they love the soil, the fresh air, the animals, and the satisfaction that at the end of the day you have worked hard and have a sense of accomplishment. “It’s doing something that we love to do, and being able to make a successful business from our hard-earned endeavors,” Jeannie said.

The Farm Family of the Year award, sponsored by the Matanuska Valley Federal Credit Union, was established by the Alaska State Fair in 2000 to honor an Alaska farming family and show appreciation for all the hardworking Alaskans committed to agriculture. After reviewing nominations, an awards committee chaired by the Alaska Division of Agriculture selects the winning family based on production of quality Alaska Grown products, community and agricultural organization involvement, and overall image.

“Alaskan agriculture is an endeavor that takes a lot of hard work, perseverance and dedication. Due to our isolated location and our short growing season, many aspects of agriculture here take unusual measures and creative thinking.  To that end, we congratulate all the Alaskan farmers and especially the McCollum and Pinkelman families of Delta Junction,” said Jerome Hertel, the fair’s general manager.

Recent Farm Family of the Year winners include the Plagerman Family of Scott Plagerman Farms (2016), the Pettit Family of Little Pitchfork Ranch (2015), and the Williams Family of EagleSong Family Peony Farm (2014).


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2016 Fair Highlights

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The Alaska State Fair celebrated our 80th birthday at the 2016 event, which took place August 25 – September 5 at the fairgrounds in Palmer. Here are some of our favorite highlights from 2016:

Attendance. An estimated 293,424 people came to help the Fair celebrate in 2016. This was down from 299,698 last year, but on par with the 293,827 fairgoers in 2014. Following the historical trend, Saturday was the most popular day to visit, with attendance of 19,064 on the first Saturday and 22,337 the second.


AT&T Concert Series. A total of 26,294 music-lovers attended the AT&T Concert Series this year, compared to 31,986 attendees last year. Of those, 5,150 fairgoers attended the rapper G-Eazy concert, making it the most popular performance, followed by The Band Perry and Volbeat.


Commemorative Fair Quilt Raffle Winner Lorraine StottsCommemorative quilt raffle. In celebration of our 80th birthday, we raffled off a commemorative Fair quilt, with all proceeds benefiting the Fair scholarship fund. The raffle brought in $3,990 for Fair scholarships. Those funds, combined with the proceeds from the Concert Kick-Off Party and Cabbage Classic lottery, will allow us to triple our 2017 scholarship award amount! Read more


4-H Showmanship Feature BoxRecord-breaking 4-H Junior Market Livestock Auction. This year’s livestock auction brought in $214,312.50, setting a new record for the 41-year-old event. The new record was set even with 16 fewer bidders and 17 fewer youth participants. Read more



Pumpkin Weigh-off Feature BoxSetting new state records. After pursuing the state record for five years, Dale Marshall finally broke it with his 1,469-pound entry in the Midnight Sun Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off this year, beating the previous state pumpkin record by 180 pounds. Five other new state records were set at the 2016 Fair. Read more


Exhibits FeatureboxExhibit entries across Alaska and beyond. A total of 8,719 entries came in from across the state, as well as 33 from outside Alaska. Flowers and crops continued to be the two most popular categories, with 2,066 and 1,501 entries respectively. See exhibits results


Giant Cabbage lit up by the sun (2)Giant fun at Cabbage Weigh-Off. Steve Hubacek once again took first place in the Giant Cabbage Weigh-Off, claiming the title with his 83.4-pound entry. Hubacek bested Brian Shunskis’ second-place, 66.05-pounder and Keevan Dinkel’s 63.15-pound cabbage, which took third place. Read more


Monster Trucks Feature BoxMonster-sized fun. After a 16-year hiatus, monster trucks returned to the Fair, drawing sell-out crowds to the Grandstand. The All Star Monster Truck Tour made its debut at the 2016 Fair, with 5,327 fairgoers attending.



Recycling. Dedicated volunteers collected 34,829 pounds, or 17.3 tons, of recyclable material, including plastics, cardboard, mixed/office and newspaper, aluminum, steel cans and glass. This was almost identical to the 34,953 pounds collected last year.


Two young girls at FairEducating our youth. In a continued demonstration of the Fair’s commitment to combining entertainment and education, a total of 2,335 students in grades kindergarten to fifth grade participated in Fair educational programs this year. More than 700 students were on the waiting list for this popular program.


Don’t miss out on the fun next year! Mark your calendar for the 2017 Fair, which will take place August 24 – September 4. And be sure to stay in touch with us throughout the year on our website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube!

Scholarship Awards Triple

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Quilt Raffle Helps Triple Fair Scholarship Awards

Commemorative Fair Quilt Raffle Winner Lorraine StottsThe Alaska State Fair will be able to triple our scholarship awards next year thanks to several successful fundraising efforts including the commemorative quilt raffle that took place during the 2016 Fair.

In celebration of our 80th birthday, we raffled off a commemorative Fair quilt, with all proceeds benefiting the Fair scholarship fund. Lorraine Stotts was the lucky winner of the quilt, which featured artwork designed by Alaska artist Ruth Hulbert and was sewn by local quilter Kathy Rockey. The quilt raffle brought in $3,990 for the Fair scholarship fund.

The Concert Kick-Off Party, another fundraiser for the Fair scholarship fund, took place April 2 at the Glenn Massay Theater in Palmer. The event, which featured food, drinks, live music and the AT&T Concert Series line-up announcement, raised $4,000 for Fair scholarships.

This year’s Cabbage Classic brought in an additional $390 for Fair scholarships. Established in 2012, the 50/50 Split the Pot lottery allows fairgoers to purchase a ticket and guess the weight of the winning cabbage in the Giant Cabbage Weigh-Off. Proceeds from the lottery are split between the Fair and Palmer Rotary Club scholarship programs.

These funds, combined with our annual scholarship budget, will allow us to award $12,880 in scholarships in 2017. That’s more than triple what we distributed this year, when we awarded five scholarships totaling $4,250!

The Fair scholarship program is open to all Alaska junior and senior high school students who plan to attend college or vocational school. The application period for 2017 scholarships will open early next year, and recipients are announced in April. Watch the Fair website and Facebook for more details!