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From cheap tickets to free shows and yearly attractions, here are highlights of this year's Alaska State Fair in Palmer. 

Mike Dunham
The excitement I felt when I noticed Pasta Avanti’s cheerful-looking storefront in downtown Anchorage a few months ago could be summarized in one word: panini.Victoria Barber
Words to live by or bad idea? Wayne and Wanda discuss the latest trends in Internet relationship advice. Wayne and Wanda
Dauenhauer, who came to Alaska  in the late 1960s, made important contributions to the preservation of Tlingit lore and language. He also was a respected poet and former Alaska poet laureate.Mike Dunham
Here is Alfred, an adult, male, pit bull mix.  Alert, focused and attentive, Alfred is active and curious, intelligent, and likes to explore, but is gentle and eager to please
Dozens of classic Volvos -- most of them museum pieces -- pulled into Fairbanks Sunday after spending more than five weeks on the road starting in Panama.Dermot Cole
Thomas Pynchon, one of the towering figures of American literature, debuted with a long novel, but followed it up with a short one wherein he sharpened the skills needed for later masterpieces. Philip Chavanne should consider something similar with his next outing.David A. James
I think the best lives, like George Edward's and Richard Daunhauer's, are both dreamed up and really true, don't you?Heather Lende
High tech art, aviators of yesteryear and a champagne book launch in Anchorage. Mike Dunham
Michael and Paula Williams want to share the story of Mat-Su peonies with the world, and that calling has earned the couple the title of 2014 Alaska State Fair Farm Family.Zaz Hollander

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