The Alaska State Fairgrounds are an hour's drive north of Anchorage along the Glenn Highway, which every year is flooded with traffic coming from Alaska's largest city. Thousands of Alaskans, from on and off the road system, make their way to Alaska's big summer festival in late August.

There's much to do, but many fairgoers make the trip strictly for the food. Most favorites are returning -- such as Alaskan Elephant Ears, deep-fried batter smothered in powdered and cinnamon sugar, honey, berries or cream cheese; Cajun Cookin's jammin' jambalaya, fried jumbo and deep-fried pickles; or Phyllis's Café bread bowls. Just remember the antacids.

When you finish stuffing yourself, there's a long list of events. One of the fair's biggest draws is the music acts, and this year's lineup ain't too shabby.

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