Arts and Entertainment

Photos: Music, food, contests and animals of the 2018 Alaska State Fair

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: August 29
  • Published August 23
Valerie Rozzi milks a cow while her granddaughter, two-year-old Amelie Rabun, watches, in the barn at the Alaska State Fair on August 28, 2018. (Marc Lester / ADN)
Women line dance while the band Pilot Bread performs on the Dena’ Stage at the Alaska State Fair on August 28, 2018. (Marc Lester / ADN)
Three-year-old Summer Hinze, of Wasilla, gets surprised by a honking African goose in the barn at the Alaska State Fair on August 28, 2018. (Marc Lester / ADN)
The Midnight Sun Cloggers perform on the Colony Stage at the Alaska State Fair on August 28, 2018. (Marc Lester / ADN)
Nikki Blazka serves an ear of corn at Friar Tuck’s Corn at the Alaska State Fair on August 28, 2018. (Marc Lester / ADN)
Tristin Winters, 10, dries off a purebred Yorkshire pig named Journey on Wednesday, August 22, 2018, that will be on display in the livestock pavilion during the Alaska State Fair in Palmer. The fair begins on Thursday and runs through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3. (Bill Roth / ADN)
Deedra Hollowell and her daughter Ema Hollowell, 14, carry big rhubarb stocks that they entered in the Alaska State Fair in Palmer on Wednesday, August 22, 2018. The fair begins on Thursday and runs through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3. (Bill Roth / ADN)
Thomas Hill brought this Rose Comb Rhode Island Red to the Alaska State Fair in Palmer on Wednesday, August 22, 2018. The Alaska State Fair opens on Thursday and runs through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3. (Bill Roth / ADN)
The Golden Wheel Amusements rides are Alaska State Fair midway in Palmer on Wednesday, August 22, 2018. The Alaska State Fair opens on Thursday and runs through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3. (Bill Roth / ADN)
Ema Hollowell, 14, and her mother Deedra Hollowell carry in big rhubarb stocks that they entered in the Alaska State Fair in Palmer on Wednesday, August 22, 2018. The fair begins on Thursday and runs through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3. (Bill Roth / ADN)
Stan Nielsen brought his 1952 Ford 8N tractor to the Alaska State Fair grounds in Palmer on Wednesday, August 22, 2018. Nielsen said his father bought the tractor new and it has been in the family since. The Antique Power Club of Alaska will have tractors from the year 1935 through the 1960’s on display and will have daily tractor pulls at 3pm depending on the weather. The club will also operate a sawmill everyday. The Alaska State Fair opens on Thursday and runs through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3. (Bill Roth / ADN)
Kewaunee Repnow, 15, and her sister Yaquina Repnow, 12, walk goats on Wednesday, August 22, 2018, that will be on display during the Alaska State Fair in Palmer. The state fair begins on Thursday and runs through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3. (Bill Roth / ADN)
Laci Player of the Alaska State Fair gardening crew gets the fair grounds ready for opening on Thursday. (Bill Roth / ADN)
Honey on display after being judged at the Alaska State Fair. The fair opens on Thursday and runs through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3. (Bill Roth / ADN)
Samara Johnson, 13, walks a purebred Yorkshire pig named Untouchable into the livestock pavilion at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer on Wednesday, August 22, 2018. The state fair begins on Thursday and runs through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3. (Bill Roth / ADN)
Cows on displaying the livestock pavilion at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer on Wednesday, August 22, 2018. The fair begins on Thursday and runs through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3. (Bill Roth / ADN)
Goats ready for the petting zoo to open at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer which opens on Thursday and runs through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3. (Bill Roth / ADN)
Thomas Hill holds a Silver Laced Wyandotte chicken, one of four birds he brought to show at the Alaska State Fair on Wednesday, August 22, 2018. Hill is president of the Last Frontier Poultry Association and he said this was the best bird he has bred. The Alaska State Fair opens on Thursday and runs through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3. (Bill Roth / ADN)
A curious Blue Satin rabbit that won best of breed and best of show looks at Claire Deering, 8, and Brenda Kuhn of the Alaska Rabbit and Cavy Breeders during setup and judging on Wednesday, August 22, 2018. The Alaska State Fair opens on Thursday and runs through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3. (Bill Roth / ADN)
Claire Deering holds a Californian Satin rabbit that will be on display during the Alaska State Fair. (Bill Roth / ADN)
Samara Johnson, 13, walks a purebred Yorkshire pig named Untouchable at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer on Wednesday, August 22, 2018. The state fair begins on Thursday and runs through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3. (Bill Roth / ADN)
A goat gets a veterinarian check before going on display at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer on Wednesday, August 22, 2018. The state fair begins on Thursday and runs through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3. (Bill Roth / ADN)
The guitarist for the band Pilot Bread performs on the Dena’ Stage at the Alaska State Fair on August 28, 2018. (Marc Lester / ADN)

The 2018 Alaska State Fair opens to the public Thursday and runs through Labor Day, Sept. 3.