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State Fair schedule: Friday, Aug. 23

The Kenai Peninsula Racing Pigs performed at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. Lara McGinnis said the racing pigs "were back by popular demand keeping the crowd hog wild."
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The Kenai Peninsula Racing Pigs performed at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. Lara McGinnis said the racing pigs "were back by popular demand keeping the crowd hog wild."
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Bacon Bits, left, and Kevin Bacon sprint towards the finish during the Kenai Peninsula Racing Pigs event at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. Lara McGinnis said the racing pigs "were back by popular demand and keeping the crowd hog wild."
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Bacon Bits, left, and Kevin Bacon sprint towards the finish during the Kenai Peninsula Racing Pigs event at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. Lara McGinnis said the racing pigs "were back by popular demand and keeping the crowd hog wild."
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The Kenai Peninsula Racing Pigs performed at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. Lara McGinnis said the racing pigs "were back by popular demand keeping the crowd hog wild."
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Airah Cude, 9, and Aurie Medina, 8, braved a ride on The Ejection Seat during the Alaska State Fair in Palmer on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013.
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Airah Cude, 9, left, and Aurie Medina, 8, braved a ride on The Ejection Seat during the Alaska State Fair in Palmer on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013.
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Alaska State Fair in Palmer on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013.
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Alaska State Fair in Palmer on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013.
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Alaska State Fair in Palmer on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013.
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Alaska State Fair in Palmer on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013.
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Alaska State Fair in Palmer on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013.
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Alaska State Fair in Palmer on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013.
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Alaska State Fair in Palmer on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013.
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Cavallo Equestrian Arts performance at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013.
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Cavallo Equestrian Arts performance at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013.
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Cavallo Equestrian Arts performance at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013.
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Cavallo Equestrian Arts performance at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013.
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Kaylee McKinney, 9, stands near the winning giant cabbages at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013.
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Alaska State Fair in Palmer on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013.
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Alaska State Fair in Palmer on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013.
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Alaska State Fair in Palmer on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013.
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Alaska State Fair in Palmer on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013.
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The winning giant pumpkins were on display at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013.
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Kendra Duffy, Katrina McClure and Emily Gibson ride the Sizzler at the Alaska State Fair on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 in Palmer, AK.
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The Alaska State Fair features a wide variety of event, exhibits and foods. The weather was mixed on Thursday, August 29, 2013.
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The Alaska State Fair features a wide variety of event, exhibits and foods. The weather was mixed on Thursday, August 29, 2013.
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Haylee Snegirev holds Sprout the purebred Nigerian dwarf goat, which belongs to Jaida Vroman, at right, at the Alaska State Fair on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 in Palmer, AK.
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The Alaska State Fair on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 in Palmer, AK.
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The Cabbage Fairies walk the midway at the Alaska State Fair on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 in Palmer, AK.
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The Alaska State Fair features a wide variety of event, exhibits and foods. The weather was mixed on Thursday, August 29, 2013.
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The train ride needs some work at tthe Alaska State Fair on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 in Palmer, AK.
Bob Hallinen
The Alaska State Fair features a wide variety of event, exhibits and foods. The weather was mixed on Thursday, August 29, 2013.
Mary Steiert
The Alaska State Fair features a wide variety of event, exhibits and foods. The weather was mixed on Thursday, August 29, 2013.
Mary Steiert
Victoria Wallace and Brandon Wallace visit the goats at the petting zoo at the Alaska State Fair on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 in Palmer, AK.
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The Alaska State Fair features a wide variety of event, exhibits and foods. The weather was mixed on Thursday, August 29, 2013.
Mary Steiert
The Alaska State Fair features a wide variety of event, exhibits and foods. The weather was mixed on Thursday, August 29, 2013.
Mary Steiert
The Alaska State Fair features a wide variety of event, exhibits and foods. The weather was mixed on Thursday, August 29, 2013.
Mary Steiert
The Alaska State Fair features a wide variety of event, exhibits and foods. The weather was mixed on Thursday, August 29, 2013.
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The Alaska State Fair on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 in Palmer, AK.
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Aliyah Ciuz, from Anaheim, CA, tries out a hula-hoop at the Alaska State Fair on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 in Palmer, AK.
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Tenvjin Horsey, from Palmer, and his reindeer Scrappy won the Reserve Champion ribbon at the Alaska State Fair on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 in Palmer, AK.
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Haylee Snogirev, from Palmer, and her reindeer Oscar won a blue ribbon at the Alaska State Fair on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 in Palmer, AK.
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Ashleena Roberts, from Palmer, and her reindeer Benjamin won the Grand Champion ribbon at the Alaska State Fair on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 in Palmer, AK. Roberts is a member of the Pioneer Peak 4H Club in Palmer.
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Isolde Medema visits with a pair of calves in the petting zoo at the Alaska State Fair on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 in Palmer, AK.
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The Alaska State Fair on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 in Palmer, AK.
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The Alaska State Fair on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 in Palmer, AK.
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The Alaska State Fair on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 in Palmer, AK.
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The Alaska State Fair on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 in Palmer, AK.
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Ashleena Roberts, from Palmer, and her reindeer Benjamin won the Grand Champion ribbon at the Alaska State Fair on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 in Palmer, AK. Roberts is a member of the Pioneer Peak 4H Club in Palmer.
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Jeffrey Melendez photographs his 1-year old daughter Juliana with the giant pumpkins on display at the Alaska State Fair on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 in Palmer, AK.
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Jack Middleton, Baylee Middleton and Miles Middleton play the ring toss game at the Alaska State Fair on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 in Palmer, AK. The Middletons are from Wasilla, AK.
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Isolde Medema visits with a pair of calves in the petting zoo at the Alaska State Fair on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 in Palmer, AK.
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Jesse Kitson of Soldotna hangs on for 8 seconds in the bull riding competition of the rodeo Saturday, August 24, 2013 at the Alaska State Fair.
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A bull rider comes out of the chutes during the rodeo Saturday, August 24, 2103, at the Alaska State Fair.
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Billy Rutherford ropes a calf during the rodeo Saturday, August 24, 2103 at the Alaska State Fair.
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Barrel rider Tamie Vickers of Chugiak gives her painted horse, Emmy, some attention before her ride Saturday, August 24, 2103 at the Alaska State Fair.
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Dan Wagner at his Howling Wolf Furs booth at the Alaska State Fair on Friday, August 23, 2013 in Palmer, AK.
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Kelsey Ingram and two of his workers Sherri Mulhaney and Jennifer Bolinder pose for the photo at the Alaska Soda Jerk booth at the Alaska State Fair on Friday, August 23, 2013 in Palmer, AK.
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Tweedle Dum, played by Tyler Browning and other characters have a pie eating contest at the Alaska State Fair on Friday, August 23, 2013 in Palmer, AK.
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Lady Shriner Roberta Uhl walks the midway in the rain at the Alaska State Fair on Thursday, August 2013.
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3 year old Kali Guy from Wasilla rides the merry-go-round at the Alaska State Fair on Thursday, August 2013.
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BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News The Alaska State Fair on Friday, August 21, 2013 in Palmer, AK. 130821
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BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News The Alaska State Fair on Friday, August 21, 2013 in Palmer, AK. 130821
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BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News The Alaska State Fair on Friday, August 21, 2013 in Palmer, AK. 130821
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BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Theresa Cooley, Aubrey Hickel and Katy Struempler enjoy the Tilt-A-Whirl at the Alaska State Fair on Friday, August 21, 2013 in Palmer, AK. 130821
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BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Robin Struempler, Shaun Cooley and Jeannette Cooley enjoy the Tilt-A-Whirl at the Alaska State Fair on Friday, August 21, 2013 in Palmer, AK. 130821
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BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Chris Williams and Rhyan Carinio sport new hairdos at the Alaska State Fair on Friday, August 21, 2013 in Palmer, AK. 130821
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BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Willie Emry works the Gravitron ride for Golden Wheel Amusements at the Alaska State Fair on Friday, August 21, 2013 in Palmer, AK. 130821
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BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News The Alaska State Fair on Friday, August 21, 2013 in Palmer, AK. 130821
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BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News The Alaska State Fair on Friday, August 21, 2013 in Palmer, AK. 130821
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BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News The Alaska State Fair on Friday, August 21, 2013 in Palmer, AK. 130821
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BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News The Alaska State Fair on Friday, August 21, 2013 in Palmer, AK. 130821
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BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News The Alaska State Fair on Friday, August 21, 2013 in Palmer, AK. 130821
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BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Rain in the morning, sunshine in the afternoon and hail in the evening greeted fun seekers at the Alaska State Fair on Friday, August 21, 2013. 130821
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BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily New Mike Stephan and Travis Cooper rest against a tire of one of the Antique Power Club of Alaska's tractors as they wait for the kids to finish up in the petting zoo in the live stock barn at the Alaska State Fair on Thursday, August 2013.
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The fairgrounds are fairly unpopulated just before the opening of the fair Thursday, August 22. The view from one of the ferris wheels at the 2013 Alaska State Fair reveals the fairgrounds with the cloudy Chugach Mountains in the distance.
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One of the competitors of the Lumberjack Show reacts after getting an early lead in the sawing contest at the 2013 Alaska State Fair, Thursday, August 22.
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Sylvester was one of many gerbils to participate in the Elks Charity Rat Race at the 2013 Alaska State Fair, Thursday, August 22. The gerbils will be available for adoption after the fair.
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Baby goats are an attraction at the Petting Zoo at the 2013 Alaska State Fair, Thursday, August 22.
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First-day fair goers check out the King Tut: Artifacts from the Pharaoh's Tomb exhibit at the Don Sheldon Events Center Thursday, August 22, 2013. The Alaska State Fair runs through September 2.
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Karianne Oudman and Coleen Harrier unload vegetables for the Bushes Bunchs stand at the Alaska State Fair on Wednesday, August 21, 2013. The vegetables will be cut up to make veggie packs with dipping sauce. Oudman is the farm manager for Bushes Bunchs and Harrier normally works in the fields but is running the produce part of the stand during the fair. The Fair opens on Thursday, August 22, 2013 at noon.
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Gavin Korin enjoys some ice cream while the adults work on the Alaska Soda Jerk stand at the Alaska State Fair on Wednesday, August 21, 2013. The Fair opens on Thursday, August 22, 2013 at noon.
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Ty Tobias, with the Southcentral Alaska Beekeepers Association judges honey at the Alaska State Fair on Wednesday, August 21, 2013. The honey is judged on smell, taste, clarity, moisture content and presentation. The Fair opens on Thursday, August 22, 2013 at noon.
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Jacob Bivens changes light bulbs on the Whirlwind ride at the Alaska State Fair on Wednesday, August 21, 2013. Golden Wheel Amusement workers are putting the final touches on the rides for the fair opening. The Fair opens on Thursday, August 22, 2013 at noon.
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Kelsey Ingram at his Alaska Soda Jerk stand at the Alaska State Fair on Wednesday, August 21, 2013. The Fair opens on Thursday, August 22, 2013 at noon.
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Carol McNamara and Rachel Overby put up signs at McNamara's Kernal Mac's Popcorn stand at the Alaska State Fair on Wednesday, August 21, 2013. The Fair opens on Thursday, August 22, 2013 at noon.
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Pat Tremaine, of Palmer, works on her table full of entries in the Crops, Herbs and Flowers competitions at the Alaska State Fair on Wednesday, August 21, 2013. Tremaine won 161 ribbons last year at the fair. This year she will not have as many entries because of the warm weather some of the flowers bloomed early and the recent rains and moose ruined some of the plants. The Fair opens on Thursday, August 22, 2013 at noon.
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Dave Anderson works on installing a light at the Porkey's Pork Chops stand at the Alaska State Fair on Wednesday, August 21, 2013. The Fair opens on Thursday, August 22, 2013 at noon.
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Carol McNamara and Rachel Overby put up signs at McNamara's Kernal Mac's Popcorn stand at the Alaska State Fair on Wednesday, August 21, 2013. The Fair opens on Thursday, August 22, 2013 at noon.
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Laura Bartholomae and Margaret Adsit put up signs at the Hoop N Hula Milk N Cookies stand at the Alaska State Fair on Wednesday, August 21, 2013. The Fair opens on Thursday, August 22, 2013 at noon.
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Jacob Bivens changes light bulbs on the Whirlwind ride at the Alaska State Fair on Wednesday, August 21, 2013. Golden Wheel Amusement workers are putting the final touches on the rides for the fair opening. The Fair opens on Thursday, August 22, 2013 at noon.
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Tammie Kerby puts up metal signs fro sale at the Bering Sea Traders stand at the Alaska State Fair on Wednesday, August 21, 2013. The Fair opens on Thursday, August 22, 2013 at noon.
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Steve Manning works on getting his Steve & Son Sign booth in shape at the Alaska State Fair on Wednesday, August 21, 2013. The Fair opens on Thursday, August 22, 2013 at noon.
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The Kenai Peninsula Racing Pigs performed at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. Lara McGinnis said the racing pigs "were back by popular demand keeping the crowd hog wild."
Bill Roth
The Kenai Peninsula Racing Pigs performed at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. Lara McGinnis said the racing pigs "were back by popular demand keeping the crowd hog wild."
Bill Roth
Bacon Bits, left, and Kevin Bacon sprint towards the finish during the Kenai Peninsula Racing Pigs event at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. Lara McGinnis said the racing pigs "were back by popular demand and keeping the crowd hog wild."
Bill Roth
Bacon Bits, left, and Kevin Bacon sprint towards the finish during the Kenai Peninsula Racing Pigs event at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. Lara McGinnis said the racing pigs "were back by popular demand and keeping the crowd hog wild."
Bill Roth
The Kenai Peninsula Racing Pigs performed at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. Lara McGinnis said the racing pigs "were back by popular demand keeping the crowd hog wild."
Bill Roth
Airah Cude, 9, and Aurie Medina, 8, braved a ride on The Ejection Seat during the Alaska State Fair in Palmer on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013.
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FRIDAY, AUG. 23

Kids' Day

Kids' 12 and under get in free when you bring a donation of two non-perishable food items per child.

Borealis Theatre

7 p.m. -- Halestorm**

Kid Zone

Noon-9p.m. -- Victor's Garden

Noon-9 p.m. -- Brad's World Reptiles

1, 4 and 6 p.m. -- Brad's World Reptiles, "Creature Feature" Stage Show

Borealis Plaza Tent

1-5 p.m. -- Float Your Boat Down the Alaska Marine Highway

9 p.m. -- Teen Dance for ages 13-18

Colony Stage

12:30 p.m. -- Don Russell, Alaska's Wildest Magic

1:30 and 3 p.m. -- Studio 49, tap, jazz, hip-hop and more

2, 4 and 7 p.m. -- Michael Harrison, comedy ventriloquist and puppeteer

2:30 and 5:30 p.m. -- Mat-Su Youth Orchestra

3:30 and 6:30 p.m. -- Eagle River Dance Troupe

4:30 p.m. -- The Music Canva

5 p.m. -- Lil' Ladies and The Next Generation

8 p.m. -- The Defrosters

10:15 p.m. -- Alaskanette Baton Corps

Around the Grounds

10 p.m. -- Fireworks by Fire Art Pyrotechnics

Don Sheldon Events Center

Noon-9 p.m. -- King Tut Exhibit

Farm Exhibits Building

Noon-8 p.m. -- Fowl Weather Friends, hens and roosters in a barnyard setting

Noon-8 p.m. -- GCI Petting Zoo

2 p.m. -- Goat Fun Days

France Equestrian Center

1-4 p.m. -- Display of breeds, equine education and entertainment

7 p.m. -- Jackpot Rodeo

Bluebonnet Stage

12:30, 3 and 6:30 p.m. -- Antwan Towner, magician and mind-reader

1 p.m. -- Melanie Trost

2 p.m. -- Mekayla Ruiz

2:30 p.m. -- Saula Ofiu

3:30 p.m. -- Maddie Courrier

4 p.m. -- Jamie Whiteman

4:30 p.m. -- Lulu Small's Star Student Showcase

5:30 p.m. -- AS Band

6 p.m. -- Julia Nauheim

Stage at the Woodlot

4 p.m. -- The Family Homestead Hour with Hobo Jim

Hoskins Exhibits

12:30 p.m. -- Fun and Healthy Kids' Snacks

1:30 p.m. -- Old Fashioned Soda Jerk Sodas

2:30 and 3:30 p.m. -- Cookie Decorating for Kids

4 p.m. -- Entry Just For Kids Cookie Contest

7 p.m. -- Judging Just For Kids Cookie Contest

Jolly Roger Pub

2 p.m. -- Al Levy

3 p.m. -- Fish and Chips

4 p.m. -- Melanie Trost

5 p.m. -- Kari and Billy

6 p.m. -- Run September

7 p.m. -- Wild Cat Trio

Milking Parlor (in Farm Exhibits)

4 and 4:45 p.m. -- Goat Milking Demo

5:30 p.m. -- Cow Milking Demo

Corral

1 p.m. -- Diaper Derby and Toddler Trot

3 p.m. -- Kids' Day Games

Purple Plaza

1, 3, 5 and 7:30 p.m. -- King BMX Stunt Show

Grandstand

6 p.m. -- Amateur and Youth Supercross**

Grandstand Lawn

1, 3 and 5 p.m. -- Cavallo Equestrian Arts

2, 4, 6 and 7 p.m. -- Pirates for Hire

Raven's People Stage

1:30 and 4 p.m. -- Kingikmiut Dancers

2 and 3:30 p.m. -- Cupiit Yurartet, Cup'ik Eskimo Dance

2:30 and 5:30 p.m. -- Sivaluaq, Yup'ik storyteller

3 and 4:30 p.m. -- Bee Akee Curtis, Inupiaq storyteller

3:30 and 5 p.m. -- Cupiit Yurartet, Cup'ik Eskimo Dance

4 p.m. -- Kingikmiut Dancers, Inupiaq traditional dance from Wales, AK

6 p.m. -- World Eskimo-Indian Olympics, Eskimo games and blanket toss

Woodlot

1, 3 and 6 p.m. -- Fred Scheer's Lumberjack Show

Sluicebox

No minors after 6 p.m.

1:30 p.m. -- Kari and Billy

3 p.m. -- Woodrow

4:30 p.m. -- Silver Train

6 p.m. -- Nokie Edwards

7:30 p.m. -- Herrick

9:30 p.m. -- Voodoo

Wineck Barn

Noon-8 p.m. -- Matanuska Colony history on display

Noon-8 p.m. -- Colony Kids Corner - Matanuska-style activities for kids

Noon and 5 p.m. -- Alaska Far Away, Documentary Film of the New Deal Pioneers

2 and 7 p.m. -- "The Matanuska Colony Barns," Barn Tour by Author Helen Hegener

2:30 p.m. -- Where the River Matanuska Flows, stories from Alaska Pioneers

Ticketed Event**