Here are 12 things to check out this week at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer

By Anchorage Daily News

Updated: 50 a few minutes ago Published: 51 a few minutes ago

After a two-day hiatus, the Alaska State Fair returns Thursday and will remain open for several days before another break Tuesday and Wednesday. This weekend should include lots of family fun with Children’s Day on Friday and Family Day on Saturday.

Here are 12 things to check out the second weekend of the fair.

Thursday

Admission is just $3 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A donation of two shelf stable foods is encouraged.

Tundra Chef Cook-Off Challenge11:00 a.m., Holland America Princess (PAH) Event Tent: Four local celebrities will face off, using a charcoal grill and Dutch oven to cook a three-course meal with special ingredients grown in Alaska.

goat yoga4:30 p.m., Channel 2 and CBS 5 Corral: Open to ages 10 and up, this is a fun and hilarious way to enjoy yoga.

Friday

Children 12 and under enjoy free entry. A donation of two shelf stable foods is encouraged.

• ‘Meet Molly Of Denali, 11:30 a.m., The Gathering Place: Meet the star of the hit PBS show and have a photo with Molly. There is also a meeting on Saturday at 11.30 a.m.

Games for children2 p.m., Channel 2 and CBS 5 Corral: On Children’s Day at the fair, there will be prizes for games like Frog Jump and a 3-legged race.

Foam party4 p.m., Channel 2 and CBS 5 Corral: This is perhaps one of the most popular stops for kids and families, with foam and fun for all.

Saturday

Children 12 and under receive $2 off all-day gate admission, with a suggested donation of two shelf-stable foods.

Iron Summer Strongman Showdown Anchor1 p.m., Channel 2 and CBS 5 Corral: This United States Strongman-sanctioned event for men and women includes a clean log and press for maximum effort, an 18-inch Apollo axle deadlift for representatives and a porting event.

Champions Tour tough enough to wear pink rodeo, 2 p.m., MTA Grandstand: Cowboys and cowgirls from across Alaska will compete in bull riding, barrel racing, bareback riding, saddle bronc riding and team stringing. There is also a rodeo on Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children.

Parent-Child Lookalike Contest4:30 p.m., Channel 2 and CBS 5 Corral: Fun to watch and even more fun to enter, the competition will award prizes to family members with similar clothing, hairstyles and behaviors.

Sunday

Northern Lights Dancers, Iñupiaq Songs and Dances12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., The Gathering Place: A great opportunity to discover traditional songs and dances that have existed for centuries.

Kenai Peninsula Race Pigs1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., Channel 2 and CBS 5 Corral: A fan favorite for years at the State Fair, the races start on Sunday – so grab a chair and watch them fly around the track.

Alaska State Fair Pumpkin

Monday

16th Annual Alaska Midnight Sun Pumpkin Weigh, 2:00 p.m., Craig Taylor Farm Exhibits: The drama is already beginning to build. Will any of this year’s entrants break the record of 2,051 pounds set by Anchorage producer Dale Marshall in 2019?

Ken Peltier: Songs and Memories of Alaska’s Balladeer Hobo Jim, 7 p.m., The Watering Hole: One of Alaska’s finest voices today, Ken Peltier, pays homage to a historic singer and songwriter. Hobo Jim died last fall and was known as the Alaskan balladeer.

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The concerts on the main stage of the Borealis Theater this week

• Thursday: Chayce Beckham, 19th season “American Idol” champion. Concert at 7 p.m., doors open at 5:30 p.m.; tickets are $25/$39.

• Friday: rise up against, Chicago punk band that brings energy. Concert at 7 p.m., doors open at 5:30 p.m.; tickets are $49/$65.

• Saturday: LeAnn Rimes, country superstar with more than 40 singles in the charts. Concert at 7 p.m., doors open at 5:30 p.m.; tickets are $49/$79.

• Sunday: Dry bar comedy, family comedy show. Performance at 6 p.m., doors open at 4:30 p.m.; tickets are $19/$25.

• Monday: Darci Lynne, multi-talented singer and ventriloquist. Concert at 7 p.m., doors open at 5:30 p.m.; tickets are $29/$45.

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