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Photos: The 2014 Alaska State Fair

Nizhonii Amaktoolik, 6, splashes around in a waterborne hamster ball at the Tons of Fun Entertainment booth on the purple trail of the Alaska State Fair on Friday, August 22, 2014, in Palmer. Kids stayed dry while rolling and bumping around the inflatable pool.
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From left siblings Nizhonii, Josephine and Albert Amaktoolik take a turn in waterborne hamster balls at the Tons of Fun Entertainment booth on the purple trail of the Alaska State Fair on Friday, August 22, 2014, in Palmer.
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Competitors ages six to 12 months toe the line in the first heat of the Diaper Derby held in the KTVA 11 News Corral at the Alaska State Fair on Friday, August 22, 2014, in Palmer. The young athletes recovered from the start to proceed to sit, play and tap each other for 10 minutes before one bothered to make his way the few feet to a waiting parent at the finish line.
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Parents stationed at the finish line try to coax crawlers ages six to 12 months away from the starting line at the Diaper Derby held Friday afternoon, August 22, 2014, in the KTVA 11 News Corral of the Alaska State Fair.
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Irelynn Borum, 4, of Palmer, watches the crowds pass by the 4-H Barn at the Alaska State Fair. The Alaska State Fair drew a crowd on its opening day, Thursday, August 21, 2014, in Palmer. The Fair continues through September 1.
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Marvin Weeks, left, and Bobby Berg compete in the axe throw in the Fred Scheer's Lumberjack Show on Friday, August 22, 2014, at the Alaska State Fair. Weeks, representing Camp Wasilla, defeated Berg, representing Camp Palmer.
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Sam Fenton, representing Camp Anchorage, chops his way to a win in springboard chopping in the Fred Scheer's Lumberjack Show on Friday, August 22, 2014, at the Alaska State Fair.
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Ruthan Stitt pets her six-month-old pig Bonnie in the barn at the Alaska State Fair. Stitt says she'll enter the pig in several 4H competitions, including breeding, showmanship and market divisions. The Alaska State Fair drew a crowd on its opening day, Thursday, August 21, 2014, in Palmer. The Fair continues through September 1.
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Devin Hall gives a scratch on the head to livestock at in the barn at the Alaska State Fair. The Alaska State Fair drew a crowd on its opening day, Thursday, August 21, 2014, in Palmer. The Fair continues through September 1.
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Ripper Moore, left, and Josh Avery joust Thursday afternoon during a Knights of Valour demonstration at the Alaska State Fair. The Alaska State Fair drew a crowd on its opening day, Thursday, August 21, 2014, in Palmer. The Fair continues through September 1.
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Ripper Moore rides Maximus and prepares to joust during a Knights of Valour demonstration at the Alaska State Fair. The Alaska State Fair drew a crowd on its opening day, Thursday, August 21, 2014, in Palmer. The Fair continues through September 1.
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Aerial performer Eve Diamond performs with the Cirque Mechanics group on the opening day of the fair. Cirque Mechanics will perform three times a day at the Fair. The Alaska State Fair drew a crowd on its opening day, Thursday, August 21, 2014, in Palmer. The Fair continues through September 1.
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The Alaska State Fair drew a crowd on its opening day, Thursday, August 21, 2014, in Palmer. The Fair continues through September 1.
Marc Lester / Alaska Dispatch News
Sabrena Combs fields questions at the Ask Me About The Fair station along the green trail at the Alaska State Fair on Friday, August 22, 2014, in Palmer. Combs coordinates volunteers for the two stations staffed to serve fairgoers looking for booths, events and shows.
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Victoria Barber

It's time for Ferris wheel rides, gigantic vegetables, 4-H and, when it comes to snacks, deep fried everything. The 2014 Alaska State Fair offers attractions both familiar and new, and it all kicked off under sunny skies today in Palmer (continuing through Sept. 1) 

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