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What are the dates of the 2016 Alaska State Fair?

This year’s Fair takes place August 25 through September 5.

What are the hours of operation?

Monday — Friday, we’re open from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday — Sunday, we’re open from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. On Labor Day, the Fair is open from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

What is the price of admission?

If you purchase admission by August 24:

Monday – Thursday: $11 adults, $7 youth/senior Friday – Sunday: $13 adults, $8 youth/senior

If you purchase admission after August 24:

Monday – Thursday: $13 adults, $9 youth/senior Friday – Sunday: $15 adults, $10 youth/senior Note: Adults are ages 13 – 64, youth are 6 – 12, senior are 65+.

Are there discount admissions and ride tickets available?

The discounts are best if you purchase before the Fair, but we still have a lot of opportunities to save once the Fair begins! You can save on admission by purchasing by August 24. Admission tickets are available on our website (convenience fees apply). You can also purchase admission tickets on the fairgrounds. After August 24, admission tickets go up to full price. Ride tickets are distributed by Golden Wheel Amusements, not the Fair.

There are several other ways to save:

Park Free! Season Fun Pass Our season pass includes admission all 12 days of the Fair PLUS a general season parking permit. The pass is $60 for adults $40 for seniors or $30 for youth* and is available on the Fair website through August 10.

*Parking is not included with the youth pass.

SHARE 6 TIX Share 6 Tix are transferable and good any day of the Fair.

Save 33% on adult admission! Buy an adult six-pack of daily Fair admissions online by August 24, and save $5 per ticket or a total of $30 compared to Friday – Sunday gate prices.

Adult Share 6 Tix: $60

Save 44% on senior and youth admission! Buy a senior or youth six-pack of daily Fair admissions online by August 24, and save $3 per ticket or a total of $30 compared to Friday – Sunday gate prices.

Senior or Youth Share 6 Tix: $30 (Senior and Youth Share 6 Tix admissions are not valid for Adult admission to the Fair.)

Costco Daily Admission 4-Pack Selling four-pack at Costco through August 24, 2016. Choose from an adult four-pack or a youth/senior four-pack. Prices are $39.99 for adult and $24.99 for youth/ senior. Good any day.

Military Discount Military-discounted daily Fair admission tickets are available on Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson at Information Tickets and Travel. $11 adult and $7 youth or senior. Good any day.

Coca-Cola, a division of Odom Corporation Presents Buddy Days

Buddy Days On Tuesday and Wednesday, August 30 and 31, from noon – 5 PM, you can:

Save at Fair gates: Pick up a Coca-Cola Buddy Days coupon Beginning August 18th, pick up a Coca-Cola Buddy Days coupon at any Holiday Store (no purchase required). Supplies are limited. Turn in at any Fair gate between noon and 5 p.m. and, with your purchase of an admission ticket at the Fair gate, receive a second ticket of equal or lesser value FREE.

Save at the Carnival: Buy your tickets to ride and your buddy rides FREE from noon – 5 PM on Buddy Days (no coupon required to enjoy Buddy Days at the carnival). Please note that the carnival is operated by Golden Wheel Amusements and not the Fair.

Two-Buck Thursday On opening day, Thursday, August 25, donate two non-perishable food items and get into the Fair for just $2 between 12 PM and 2 PM! Must be through the gate by 2 PM. Kids’ Day Friday, August 26, kids 12 and under attend FREE this day thanks to MTA. We are happy to encourage a donation of two non-perishable food items.

Family Day Saturday, August 27, come have fun while kids 12 and under attend FREE thanks to BP. We are happy to encourage a donation of two non-perishable food items.

Where is the Fair located?

The fairgrounds are located just an hour’s drive north of Anchorage at mile 40 on the Glenn Highway. Our address is 2075 Glenn Hwy. Palmer, Alaska 99645. MAP Once at the Fair there are four entrance gates. Three gates, the Purple, Red and Yellow, have parking areas. The fourth, the Green Gate, serves as a drop-off and pick-up zone, and as the depot for the Fair Train. Access is from the Inner Springer Road at the north end of the fairgrounds and no parking fee is required to access the entrance area to the Green Gate. For more information please call 907-745-4827

Are pets allowed on the fairgrounds?

No. Pets are NOT allowed on the fairgrounds. Service animals are permitted to assist disabled guests and are defined by the ADA as a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability. Dogs that are not trained to perform tasks that mitigate the effect of disability, including dogs that are used for emotional support, are NOT service animals. For more information, please refer to ADA.GOV.

How do I get space for a concession or exhibit at the fair?

Visiting our website is a great place to start. You may also contact the Fair vendor and exhibits manager at 907-746-7159 or Please note that the deadline for food vendor applications for the 2016 Fair has already passed. Non-food vendor applications and the 2016 vendor handbook are available on the website.

Is Fair admission included in my Grandstand/Event/Concert ticket?

No, you will need to buy your admission ticket before you arrive or purchase at one of the four gates in order to get into the Fair for a concert or Grandstand event. More information on this topic is included in one of our previous blog posts.

Can I bring food and drink to the Fair? Are coolers allowed on grounds? Water bottles?

You can bring food and non-alcoholic beverages to the Fair, as well as coolers. However, items are subject to inspection at the front gates.

Where are ATMs located?

There are nine ATM locations inside the fairgrounds: Inside the Purple Gate on your left. Inside the Yellow Gate on your left. Inside the Red Gate on your right. Inside the Green Gate, between the restrooms. Between the Green and Red Trail, next to the KTVA 11 News Corral. Located on the Green Trail between the restrooms and the Plaza Souvenir Booth. On the green trail close to the public restroom and the security building. Inside Raven Hall, on the left side of the back wall. On the green trail inside the right of the entrance of Raven Hall. ATMs, as well as other venues and points of interest, are clearly marked on the Fair map, available on the Fair website or in the daily schedule, which may be picked up at the kiosks inside the Fair walk-in gates.

What if my child and I are separated? Where can I find him or her?

Lost children are taken to the Security Building. This building is located on the Green Trail, southwest of the Borealis Theatre, next to the public restroom and the ATM.

Where are lost items claimed?

Lost items are claimed at the Security Building (see Fair map). This building is located on the Green Trail, southwest of the Borealis Theatre, next to the public restroom and the ATM. Please note that the Fair keeps all lost items for one month after the Fair. After that the unclaimed items are donated to charitable organizations.

The Emergency Services Building is also located on the Green Trail, southwest of the Borealis Theatre, between the ATM and the public restrooms.

All of these buildings are clearly marked on the Fair map, available on the Fair website or in the daily schedule, which may be picked up at the kiosks inside the Fair walk-in gates

Where can I rent strollers or wheelchairs at the Fair?

You can bring your own strollers or wheelchairs. You can also rent from the Kiddie Limo booth, located inside the Red, Yellow and Purple Gates. Strollers are $3 per hour and wheelchairs are $5 per hour. Availability is first-come, first-served.

You can also rent mobility scooters from the Alaska Mobility booth on the Green Trail across from the Borealis Theatre.

Where do I find a daily schedule of Fair events?

To find out what’s going on each day of the Fair, pick up a daily schedule at the kiosks located just inside the Fair walk-in gates. In addition to event information, these schedules include a map of the fairgrounds showing the location of event venues as well as ATMs, restrooms, designated smoking areas outside the fenced comer areas, security and first aid areas.

On the web? “Like” us on Facebook to get the latest updates and find all the daily schedules under our ”Notes” page or visit our website.

Where can I find contest results and when are they posted?

Results are usually posted on our website within 48 hours of judging.

How do I enter an exhibit?

Find out everything you need to know about entering an exhibit in the 2016 exhibitor guide on our website.

Is the Fair private property?


Who 'owns' the Fair?

No one. The Fair is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is governed by our Alaskan members and Board of Directors. Become a member.

I have questions about the carnival. Who do I contact?

Golden Wheel Amusements operates the carnival midway.

Are there camping sites available during Fairtime?

Yes. There are spots available for RV and tent camping at the fairgrounds. Prices are:

Daily Car/Truck: $5 Season Car/Truck: $25 Daily Camping R.V.* $15 Season R.V.* $75 Daily Tent: $5 Season Tent $30 Daily Premier: $25 Season Premier: $125 * $10 daily and $50 season additional fee for tow behind car or trailer. See Map

Please note that the camping area does not offer electricity, water or a dump station, and BBQs, open fires and pets are not allowed.

Where can I find information about hotels near the fairgrounds?

The following organizations are the best resources for visitor information and services near the Fair: Greater Palmer Chamber of Commerce: 907-745-2880, Mat-Su Availablty, Mat-Su Convention & Visitors Bureau: 907-746-5000, or the Greater Wasilla Chamber of Commerce

Where is handicapped-accessible parking available during the Fair?

Handicapped-accessible parking is available at the Red, Yellow and Purple Lots, which offer the closest entrance to the fairgrounds. See the map on our website for more information.

What items should I NOT bring to the Fair?

We ask that you not bring the following items on to Fair property:

Firearms, knives or weapons of any kind Animals (except for service dogs) Alcoholic beverages Bicycles, scooters, roller blades, roller skates or skateboards Solicitation materials (and please refrain from soliciting or you will be removed from the Fair grounds) We also ask that you please refrain from smoking; including e-cigarettes, inside the fenced common areas of fairgrounds.

I need to pick my tickets up at will call. Where is will call?

You can pick up all will call admission and concert tickets at the Green Gate, which is located outside of the Fair gates. Concert tickets may also be picked up at the Kendall Toyota Borealis Box Office, located inside the Fair gates.

Green Gate: To access the Green Gate, turn in by the Purple Gate (gate closest to Palmer) and follow the road paralleling the fairgrounds to the Green Gate. There is a small area to park in for a max of 30 minutes while you pick up your tickets. After you get your tickets, you may continue on to park in the Red Parking Lot or turn and go back onto the Glenn Highway.

Kendall Toyota Borealis Box Office: You’ll find the Kendall Toyota Borealis Box Office on the Green Trail, in front of the Borealis Theatre.

For more information, view the map

Is there internet at the Fair?

Free WiFi is available throughout the fairgrounds generously provided by MTA and in Raven Hall, provided by MTA, and the UPS Store in Palmer.

Where are the pay phones located at the Fair?

There are two pay phones on the fairgrounds for your convenience; one is located in Raven Hall and the other at the Green Gate.

If I need assistance, where can I find security?

We have 24-hour security and EMTs on the fairgrounds. Security personnel patrol the grounds and can also be found in the Security Building (#6 on the Fair map), located southwest of the Borealis Theatre on the Green Trail.

I don’t want to drive to the Fair. Are there other transportation options to the fairgrounds?

Fairgoers who don’t want to drive can choose to ride the Fair Train or the Valley Mover Bus to the fairgrounds.

Fair Train Trains run from Anchorage to the fairgrounds on Friday August 26 – Sunday August 28 & Friday September 2 – Monday September 5. Visit the Alaska Railroad website for complete schedule information.

Round trip fares from Anchorage to the Fair are:

Adults (12 and older): $14 Youth (3-11): $10 Youth (2 & under): FREE To book your Fair Train ticket, call 265-2494 or 1-800-554-0552. All tickets sold are at the round trip rate. Fair admission not included.

I have accessibility questions. Who can I contact?

The Fair is committed to increasing accessibility at the fairgrounds, and we work closely with Access Alaska. Questions may be directed to: Pamella Meekin, Fair Vendor and Exhibits Manager, 907-746-7159 or ADA Partners Project Coordinator, 907-248-4777

How do I enter the parade?

The Alaska State Fair Parade in downtown Palmer is Saturday, August 27 at 11 a.m. Parade float entry applications and parade rules are available on our website and the City of Palmer’s website.

Why do I have to pay a convenience fee when I buy my tickets online?

Convenience fees are charged by online ticket box offices like Ticketmaster, StubHub, eTix, etc. Convenience fees are standard in the industry. That’s how online ticket box offices earn revenue to operate and offer their services. It’s important to note that the Fair is not charging this fee as a source of revenue; we only receive a small percentage to cover the credit card fees charged by financial institutions.

Can I avoid convenience fees altogether?

Absolutely. Prior to the Fair you can purchase concert and event tickets by phone or in person at our office with no fees. During the Fair you can purchase concert and event tickets from the Kendall Toyota Borealis Box Office on the fairgrounds with no convenience fees.

Can I get refund on my concert or fair admission tickets?

Unfortunately, we cannot provide refunds or exchanges, as is declared on the bottom of every ticket issued.