Food, fun, racism at the Alaska State Fair
September 10, 2021
PALMER, Alaska — The Alaska State Fair just wrapped up its return after a one-year break due to the pandemic.
Alaskans turned out for it in droves despite occasional rain and temperatures in the 50s. The fairgrounds are in the small town of Palmer, about an hour’s drive northeast of Anchorage, in south central Alaska.
The fair dedicates a 3-acre area to Alaska Natives. The “Gathering Place” has eight small buildings for vendors, a stage, and picnic tables. Entertainment this year included musicians, traditional dancers, athletes, and storytellers as well as a blanket toss with Eskimo Ninja Warrior Nick Hansen, Inupiaq.