alaska state fair
August 19 – September 5


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Credentials are not required. Entrant drive to the respective exhibit building, enter items, and leave to accommodate others.

Fairgrounds Entry:

  • Friday, August 5, 11 am – 7 pm
  • Saturday, August 6, 11 am – 7 pm

Fairgrounds Pick-up:

  • Tuesday, September 6, 1 pm – 6 pm
  • Saturday, September 10, 1 pm – 6 pm




Fair Admission or credentials are not required. Entrants will drive to the respective exhibit building, enter items, and leave to accommodate others.

Poultry & Rabbits – 1st Entry
Tuesday, August 23, 4 pm – 8:30 pm

Baked Goods, Crops, Flowers – 1st Entry
Wednesday, August 24, 12 pm – 9 pm

Honey & Beekeeping Entry
Tuesday, August 23, 2 pm – 8 pm

Open Livestock Entry
Wednesday, August 24, 4 pm – 9 pm


2nd Entries will be taken on Wednesdays. As the fair is closed on Wednesdays, gate attendants at the Red & Orange Access will allow exhibitors into the fairgrounds. Please inform the gate attendant that you are entering an exhibit.

Poultry & Rabbits – 2nd Entry
Tuesday, August 30, 4 pm – 8:30 pm

Baked Goods, Crops, Flowers – 2nd Entry
Wednesday, August 31, 12 pm – 9 pm

4-H Livestock Entry
Tuesday, August 30, 3 pm – 7 pm

General Rules & Regulations

Exhibitors must have a lifetime entry number to place an entry. Numbers are available on entry day, or you may call 907-746-7167 before July 1 to obtain one. Previously assigned entry numbers may be researched on entry day. 4-H entry numbers are not valid for Open Fair competition.

Each exhibit requires a completed entry form available on entry day. Those who enter many exhibits may obtain forms before entry day from the Main Office on the fairgrounds.

Upon entering, exhibitors receive a yellow copy of the entry form. This must be retained and presented as a claim check to pick up exhibits.

Exhibits must remain on display until designated pick-up dates. No early pick up allowed.

Unclaimed exhibits become the property of Alaska State Fair, Inc., and are disposed of after 30 days unless otherwise arranged for in advance.

General Entry Information

Entries are open to all. Entries without entrant contact or mailing information will be automatically disqualified and not judged.

The Fair management or Department Superintendent may reject any exhibit offered if it is objectionable in any way, requires excessive space, or if the department capacity is full.

“For Sale” signs and business cards are not permitted on any exhibit during the Fair, and raffles may not be held within departments, unless approved by management.

Once entered, all articles come entirely under the control and jurisdiction of the Fair management, and may not be removed or disturbed by exhibitors until designated pick-up days.

Entries must be by the maker or grower. Livestock, rabbits, and poultry are to be entered by the current owner.

Except for animals or plants, exhibits entered in previous Alaska State Fairs may not be re-entered. An entry deemed as such by a Superintendent or Judge will be disqualified. All items must have been completed since the previous Fair.

The Fair accepts mailed or freighted entries from non-local exhibitors “when accompanied by return postage and instructions for return. Insurance of mailed items is encouraged.” Items may be mailed to Alaska State Fair, Exhibit Department, 2075 Glenn Highway, Palmer, AK 99645. Please mail your entry by July 25th to insure timely delivery.

No entrant may compete in more than one category per department, i.e. Open and Professional. Senior is not considered a sub-category. If sub-category is not specified, entry will be classified as Open. Unique rules may prevail in any department.

Items must be entered in the proper category and accompanied by an entry form. Improperly completed forms may result in disqualification and forfeited awards. Exhibitors are fully responsible for correct entry forms and classes. Superintendents may transfer erroneously entered exhibits to proper classes, and if such classes have been judged, judging will not be reopened.

No entry may compete for more than one premium or be entered in more than one class unless otherwise specified.

The Alaska State Fair, Inc. Directors interpret these rules and regulations and accompanying entry information.


Judges may not award prizes to unworthy exhibits. Judges are not required to award 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in each class. No person shall judge any exhibit in which there is any direct or indirect interest as owner or agent. The American System of judging shall prevail throughout the exhibit program.

Superintendents control their departments, subject only to the orders of Fair management. Superintendents may change, combine, or further break down classes and/or divisions at their discretion.

Premiums and Ribbons

Ribbons and premiums (cash prizes) awarded are as follows unless otherwise noted within the department:

  • 1st Place Blue Ribbon – $7.00
  • 2nd Place Red Ribbon – $5.00
  • 3rd Place White Ribbon – $3.00

Division Champion, Judges’ Choice, Honorable Mention, and Best of Show ribbons/rosettes may be awarded, however no premiums are paid. Premium Checks and Special Awards will be mailed after the end of the Fair. Ribbons may be claimed along with exhibits. First entry perishable ribbons may be claimed on the Fairgrounds during second entry or on designated pick up dates.

Entrants wishing to have ribbons mailed must submit an appropriate size, self-addressed envelope with adequate postage to the Alaska State Fair, Exhibit Department, 2075 Glenn Highway, Palmer, AK 99645.


Protests must be written and accompanied by a $25 deposit which is forfeited if the protest is not sustained. Protest must be received by Fair management within 24 hours after the official opening of the Fair. Protests must plainly state the complaint or appeal. No appeal based upon alleged incompetence of judges will be considered.

Demonstration Program

Come to Hoskins or Irwin buildings for exciting demonstrations. See quilters, woodworkers, and other handcrafters in action. To volunteer in the demonstration program, contact the Department Superintendent or call 907-746-7167.

*Unauthorized dogs are NOT allowed on the fairgrounds or in any entry vehicle.

Competitive Exhibit Categories

Click on the department you’d like to enter.

Art – 2022

Baked Goods – 2022

Canning – 2022

Clay Arts – 2022

Creative Arts & Crafts and Woodworking – 2022

Crops – 2022

Fiber & Fleece – 2022

Flowers – 2022

Handwork & Needlework – 2022

Honey & Beekeeping – 2022

Livestock – 2022

Photography – 2022

Poultry – 2022

Quilts – 2022

Rabbits – 2022

Sewing – 2022

Spirited Beverages – 2022

Exhibits Special Contest

Click on special contests you’d like to enter to find out more information.

“Cakes 2 Bake” Contest – 2022

“Experience the Wonder of Veggie Pie” Contest – 2022

“Just 4 Kids” Cookie Contest – 2022

16th Alaska’s Midnight Sun Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off

26th Annual Giant Cabbage Weigh-Off

Cabbage Limerick Contest – 2022

Max Sherrod Junior Cabbage Grower’s Award

NEW CONTEST!!! Decorative Bread Contest – 2022

NonEssentials “Alaskan Grown” Cheesecake Contest – 2022

North Star Bakery Sourdough Bread Contest -2022

Recycled Yard Art Special Contest – 2022

Scarecrow Contest

All events and times subject to change.