State Fair

Special Days

Alaska Oil and Gas Association (AOGA) presents

Energy Day

Thursday, August 23

Activities and exhibits on this special day focus on the energy that drives Alaska’s economy. Also, help out our local food banks and save on your admission! Between noon and 2 p.m. with a suggested donation of two shelf-stable food items per person you can get into the Fair for $2. (Must be through the gate by 2 p.m.) Come check out the Plaza to help AOGA celebrate “Energy Day” – and don’t forget to get your photo taken in the free photo booth!

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GCI Kids Day

Friday, August 24

We celebrate our youngest fairgoers on this very special day of the Fair! Enjoy free admission for kids 12 and under all day compliments of Alaska Born and Raised GCI. We believe that hunger knows no age, neither does teaching kids the importance of giving to others. Please bring a donation of two shelf-stable food items per child to Fair gates. Highlights of the day include a royal visit by Princesses of Alaska, Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman Kids’ Day activities, and Combs Insurance Agency, Inc. Diaper Derby and Toddler Trot! The Just for Kid’s Cookie Contest, presented by C&H Sugar, will be taking place in the Hoskins Exhibit. Over in the RAM Truck Grandstand, kiddos will be testing their skills in the Jr. Rodeo.

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Family Day

Saturday, August 25

By far the most popular day of the Fair! Grab your friends and family to watch the Fair parade in downtown Palmer, then head over to the fairgrounds for a day of Fair fun! At the gates, kids 12 and under receive a $2 discount on admission all day with a suggested donation of two shelf-stable food items. Put some spice in your day at the Greatland Chili Fiesta, then mosey over to day one of the Rodeo Alaska Champions Tour, and the Duct Tape Creations Contest. Then end your day by dancing the night away at the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman Rodeo Dance with live music by Branch and Dean!

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Alaska Airlines presents

Alaska Airlines’ Day

Sunday, August 26

The first Sunday of the Fair is dedicated to experiencing all the wonderful things Alaska has to offer! The Alaska Seafood Throwdown cooking competition (featuring fresh, wild Alaska seafood prepared by some of Alaska’s top chefs) and day two of Rodeo Alaska Tough Enough to Wear Pink Ram Champions Tour Finals Rodeo (starring Alaska’s best cowboys and cowgirls) are some of the highlighted events of this special day. Before you take off, make a stop at Pioneer Plaza for great deals with Alaska Airlines, our official airline. #iflyalaska #Club49

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Wellness Day

Monday, August 27

Today the Fair is all about the health of Alaskans! Take advantage of blood tests, vision screening and blood pressure tests at the health fair. Pick up a wealth of information at the health-related booths under the eaves of Farm Exhibits, and visit Connect Mat-Su: Communities and Happy Families Expo. Visit Providence Imaging Center’s mammogram mobile truck from noon-6p.m. at the Red Gate. For details or to schedule a mammogram call (907) 212-3151.Plus, enjoy healthy food choices, and enter the Fair’s step contest at the Events Tent!

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Senior Day

Tuesday, August 28

Join the Fair for a fun-filled day celebrating Alaskans 50+! The daily schedule is packed with entertaining, energetic, educational activities including “Artist Uncorked – painting on canvas”, virtual garden tours, fly-tying demonstration, the senior joke and storytelling, and bingo and card games! Also don’t miss the 13th annual Alaska’s Midnight Sun Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off to see if we’ll set another new state record this year!

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Cosplay Day

Wednesday, August 29

Back by popular demand, this day will once again be a lot of fun! Dress up like your favorite superhero, sci-fi, anime, video game or movie character and enter the Cosplay Contest. Pokéhunt as we drop lures all day at the fairground PokéStops. Meet your favorite Senshi Con and 501st Legion characters in the Borealis Plaza Tent and Events Tent.

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BP Alaska Day

Thursday, August 30

During this special day, stop by the BP booth in Pioneer Plaza to pick up your free gift before you check out this year’s crop of giant veggies, look for locally grown foods around the grounds, and shop at the Farmers’ Market. Alaskans take great pride in being homegrown and there is strong support for “Alaska Grown” products. Wear your official Alaska Grown apparel for a $2 discount on your Fair admission today!

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MTA presents

Tech Day

Friday, August 31

Technology is all around us – and always changing. Stop by the Events Tent near the Yellow Gate to experience the latest in emerging technologies, virtual reality experiences and enter to win a smart home starter kit. Then head over to the Demolition Derby presented by The Eagle.

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Council of Alaska Producers presents

Mining Day

Saturday, September 1

Celebrate Alaska’s mining past, and explore the future of mining in Alaska with fun mining activities and giveaways. Kids can try their hand at gold panning and enter the free drawing for a chance to win a bike! Plus, you won’t want to miss the Last Frontier Dutch Oven Cook-Off, and the Beard and Mustache Contest.

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Military Appreciation Day

Sunday, September 2

This special day will honor and celebrate Alaska’s active military, retired military and veterans with special events. All military personnel (active and retired military) receive admission for just $5 to the Fair courtesy of GEICO and GEICO Military! Each service member can bring up to three dependents at the discounted admission price by showing valid military Id or proof of service at the Fair gate. Events include a grounds-wide, simultaneous salute to the military, current and vintage military vehicle display, military band performances, opportunities to show your gratitude to our military, a military chef cooking contest, and much more!

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First Responders Day

Monday, September 3

Police, firefighters, and EMS personnel are the first responders in emergency and crisis situations. On First Responder’s Day (Labor Day); we honor, celebrate and say THANK YOU to our First Responders with $5 admission at the gate to Alaska’s First Responders with valid ID. Be sure to check out the Brown Jug “Kilt and Kegs” Olympics, where professional athletes compete in feats of strength with weighted kegs! Great Alaska Athlete Meet and Greet will be taking place in the Events Tent and is featuring Olympian Erik Bjornsen, as well as Iditarod athletes Martin Buser, DeeDee Jonrowe– and puppies of course!

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