Photos: Alaska State Fair’s opening day

Sunshine welcomed crowds as they walked, ate and rode their way around the State Fair in Palmer. The fair runs until Sept. 4.

PALMER — The Alaska State Fair is now open and runs until Sept. 4.

Richard Dalton, performing with Stilt Circus for their first time at the fair, said Friday’s warm weather was a relief compared to the 112-degree temperature on opening day at the California State Fair, where he recently performed.

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The smell of kettle corn wafted throughout the fairgrounds as hundreds shopped, ate and rode their way through the fairgrounds.

Here are some of our favorite photos from opening day.

Emily Mesner

Emily Mesner is a multimedia journalist for the Anchorage Daily News. She previously worked for the National Park Service at Denali National Park and Preserve and the Western Arctic National Parklands in Kotzebue, at the Cordova Times and at the Jackson Citizen Patriot in Jackson, Michigan.