Monster pumpkin sets new state record

The new record to beat is 1,101 pounds in the giant pumpkin contest at the Alaska State Fair. On Wednesday, Dale Marshall, of Anchorage, beat the old state record of 1,019 pounds, set in 2006 by this year's second place finisher, John "J.D." Megchelsen.

For fair vendors, glitches are part of the game

Just after noon on Friday at the Alaska State Fair, Paul "Dizzy Hips" Blair had very still hips. Blair puts on a hula hoop show a few times per day at the fair and he was scheduled to start his first performance a few minutes later. But his hoops were locked in a trailer and he'd forgotten the lock combination.

For fair vendors, glitches are part of the game

Just after noon on Friday at the Alaska State Fair, Paul "Dizzy Hips" Blair had very still hips. Blair puts on a hula hoop show a few times per day at the fair and he was scheduled to start his first performance a few minutes later. But his hoops were locked in a trailer and he'd forgotten the lock combination.

Beer lovers find more taps than ever at the fair

A line stretched almost out of the tent at the Oasis Beer Garden at 4 p.m. on Thursday, the opening day of the Alaska State Fair. Amidst chaos that comes with rides, food vendors, events and music, grabbing a beer gives some people a chance to chill out.

State fair opens with food, animals and fun

The Alaska State Fair, which opened at noon today, is always about food, rides, music and people -- and this year is no exception. Organizers hope the weather will hold and draw even larger crowds than the almost 300,000 people who attended last year.

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