Special Days

Alaska Oil and Gas Association presents
Energy Day
Friday August 19

Energy fuels Alaska’s economy, and the activities and exhibits on this special day recognize the people and projects that keep this important industry moving forward. In an effort to help those facing challenging circumstances, please bring a donation of shelf-stable food items to Fair gates to share with Alaska’s food banks. Come to the Hobo Jim Tribute Jam at the Alaska USA Bluebonnet stage and share a favorite Hobo Jim song or story. Ever wished you could play in a giant pile of bubbles? Now you can, at the FoamDudes Foam party in the Channel 2 and CBS 5 Corral.  Then, come by the Plaza to help AOGA celebrate Energy Day, and get your photo take at the free photo booth! Finish off the evening with some high-energy country-rock with the Wilder Blue, straight up from Texas for their first-ever appearance in Alaska.

Council of Alaska Producers presents
Mining Day
Saturday August 20

Celebrate Alaska’s mining past and explore the future of mining in Alaska with fun activities and giveaways. Kids and adults alike can try their hand at gold panning and enter a free drawing for a chance to win a child’s bike or a portable solar charger! But first, start by cheering on the Fair parade in downtown Palmer, then head over to the fairgrounds for a day of Fair fun!With many Alaskans facing food insecurities, we encourage patrons to bring shelf-stable food items to the Fair gates.  Also, visit our mining industry partners’ booths under the eaves of the Craig Taylor Farm Exhibits, and witness the strength and agility of athletes competing in the Wrestling Tournament at the Holland America Princess (HAP) Events Tent.

Buddy Day
Monday August 22

Everything is more fun with a friend, and what’s more fun than saving money? After your buddy gets in free with your paid admission courtesy of Coca-Cola Bottling of Alaska and Holiday Stationstores, head to the Holland America Princess (HAP) Events Tent for the 49th State Street Rodders Car Show. Don’t miss Senior Joke and Story Telling at the Wineck Barn, and the Staff Goat Milking Competition at the Channel 2 and CBS 5 Corral. Then get your fill of thrills at the carnival (your buddy rides for free with your paid tickets!) and be sure not to miss the final day of performances of the Mariachi Divas presented by Mat-Su Valley Cancer Center.

Division of Agriculture presents
Alaska Agriculture Day
Thursday August 25

We celebrate Alaska’s agriculture roots – and the importance of agriculture today – during Alaska Agriculture Day! Get all the fun you can handle for just three bucks on this special day! Admission to the Fair is only $3 between the hours of 11am and 2pm (you must be through the gate by 2pm). Stop by the Alaska Grown and Division of Agriculture booths to learn about the Nenana Totchacket Agricultural Project & Land Sale, along with all the programs offered by the Division and grab some Alaska Grown Swag! There will be a milking parlor demonstration and ag games too. Today’s must-see event is the Second Annual “Tundra Chef Cookoff” featuring local celebrities who will battle it out on charcoal grills using Alaska Grown ingredients from 11am-2pm in the events tent. During the Tundra Chef Cookoff, you can taste Alaska Grown Specialty Crops served by the Future Farmers of America, sample Alaska Grown products, help us celebrate the 2022 Farm Family of the year thanks to Mat-Valley Federal Credit Union, and hear the announcement of the 2022 Division of Agriculture’s Friend of Farmer.

GCI presents
GCI Kids Day
Friday, August 26

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 hunger knows no age, and neither does teaching kids the importance of giving to others. Please bring a donation of two shelf-stable food items per child to the Fair gates.

We believe hunger knows no age, and neither does teaching kids the importance of giving to others. Please bring a donation of two shelf-stable food items per child to the Fair gates.

Today’s schedule features kid-approved events including Kids’ Day Games, the Diaper Derby and the Toddler Trot at the Channel 2 and CBS 5 Corral. Young athletes can also show off their skills at the Ninja Kids’ Camp, presented by the University of Alaska (UAA) and GCI, at the Holland America Princess (HAP) Events Tent!

Alaska Airlines presents
#club49 Family Day
Saturday August 27

Join us for one of the most popular days of the Fair!  All-day, kids 12 and under receive a $2 discount on admission at the gates, with a suggested donation of two shelf-stable food items. Then, take off for Pioneer Plaza to check in on the latest Club 49 deals from Alaska Airlines, our official airline! Keep up to date at the Club 49 Hub, and #Club49. Other destinations to put on today’s itinerary include, Alaska 529 Parent-Child Look-Alike contest, and the first day of the Rodeo Alaska Champions Tour, the Red … White … And You … Rodeo!

Southcentral Foundation presents
Health Futures Day
Sunday August 28

Today, the Alaska State Fair is about the health and wellness of Alaskans! Join Southcentral Foundation at their booth in the Pioneer Plaza – Enjoy whole-person wellness with fun and healthy activities for all ages. They squeal, they, they run! Don’t miss the first day of the Kenai Peninsula Racing Pigs in the Channel 2 and CBS 5 Corral. Practice your best, “yo ho!” then root for your favorite lumberjack at the ever-popular Scheer’s Lumberjack Show in the SBS Woodlot presented by Spenard Builders Supply.  You’ve seen the show, now come meet some of your favorite ninjas while learning new skills in the Eskimo Ninja Camp and then compete in Eskimo Ninja Open Course Challenge to win prizes presented by University of Alaska (UAA) and Alaska Native Quarterly.

Coca-Cola presents
Coca-Cola Day
Monday August 29

Make your way to the Alyeska Pipeline Stage to groove with the 9th Army Band First Class Jazz and laugh out loud with comedy hypnotist Catherine Hickland, presented by Mat-Su Valley Cancer Center.  Be sure to stop by the Plaza for Goat-a-Palooza presented by Classic Toys and keep your eye out for Safari-Sam and Oscar the Ostrich strolling the grounds. 

Cosplay Day
Thursday September 1

Back by popular demand, this day promises to be a ton of fun! Dress up like your favorite superhero, sci-fi, anime, video game or movie character and enter the Cosplay Contest. No costume? No problem! You can still mingle with all the characters at the Cosplay Meet and Greet. Then, catch up with your favorite Star Wars-themed 501st Legion characters at the Holland America Princess  (HAP)Events Tent!  Two world records have already been set at our Fair – will one of these giants gain Guinness status again this year? Come see who will take home the big prizes in the 26th Annual Giant Cabbage Weigh-Off in Craig Taylor Farm Exhibits.

MTA presents
Saturday September 3

As a 100% wholly-owned co-op, MTA is proud to keep Alaskans from Eagle River to the Mat-Su Valley and north to Anderson and Glacier View connected. Our 100% local support team is available 24/7/365 and we’re constantly expanding our network. Discover the MTA difference at and join us for MTA Day at the Fair! Enjoy local talent at the Native Youth Olympics, Silent Disco, Alaska’s Got Talent preliminary, Beard Contest, and Fiddle Contest. Then sample fresh, local flavors at the Alaska Seafood Throwdown in the Holland America Princess (HAP) Events Tent and while you’re there meet recruiters and learn more about job opportunities with Holland America Princess (HAP) booth daily.

AARP presents
Military Appreciation
Sunday September 4

Today honors and celebrates Alaska’s active military, retired military and veterans with special events and savings. All military personnel (active and retired) receive Fair admission for just $5, courtesy of AARP! 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. Learn about ranked choice voting by participating in AARP Alaska’s mock online election ranking your favorite fair foods. Vote for your favorite fair food at each gate using your phone and our QR code or at AARP’s booth in Pioneer Plaza. Everyone who votes in the mock election is entered to win a $500 gift card!!! Retiring Old Glory? Bring your flag to the Fair ticket booth collection points we’ll dispose of it properly. Then, head over to the MTA Grandstand, where the NC Machinery All Star Monster Trucks are back – bigger and better than ever! And don’t miss the Homesteader Games and Alaska Beef Showdown. Close out the evening with Avalanche 9th Army Rock Band.

First Responders Day
Monday September 5

Police, firefighters and EMS personnel are the first responders in emergency and crisis situations. On First Responders Day (Labor Day), we honor, celebrate and say THANK YOU to these brave and dedicated professionals by offering $5 admission at the gate, with valid ID. Then, let the fun begin, with the Alaska State Fair BBQ Bash, Powerhouse Cloggers, and the Alaska’s Got Talent finals! There is no more fitting way than to close the Fair with a Tribute to Alaska’s beloved Hobo Jim by Ken Peltier and friends.