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Alaska State Fair: Get Up and Get Happy! August 21st, 2009

Categories: Events, Seasons

As a child, the highlight of every single fall for me was the Alaska State Fair. Each August, my family of six would pack into the mini-van and head to the fair. We entered all sorts of things in the exhibits; from goats and rabbits to pineapple upside-down cake and beaded barrettes and received a colorful array of ribbons. We each have had favorite rides that have changed through the years, but mine has always been the Gravitron!

The Alaska State Fair is fun for the entire family. Vendors come from all over the state to offer one of a kind items, Alaska memorabilia, and fantastic foods. You can relive the classic carnival tastes with the Husky Burger, Slippery Gulch, Dippin’ Dots, Hoop ‘n’ Hula Milk and Cookies, Becky’s Kettle Corn, and Hawaiian Shaved Ice vendors.

The State Fair is open from August 27th to September 7th. Weekday hours are 12 PM – 10 PM, weekend hours are 10 AM – 10 PM.

Come out for a day of excitement, delicious foods and fun for everyone!

Age Weekday Weekend
FREE (5 and younger)

For more information about concerts, daily schedules and special events at the Alaska State Fair, visit their website at!

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Stamp Cache: Sale! August 20th, 2009

Categories: Events

I received this as an email this morning from Linda Pendergrass, owner of the Stamp Cache in the Koslosky Center of downtown Palmer.

Stamp Cache 2nd Anniversary Celebration Continues!

Thursday through Saturday ALL Great Impressions, Penny Black, AMUSE, Magenta, and Northwoods stamps currently in stock will be an additional 10% off.

Thursday only ALL cardstock and pattern paper will be an additional 10% off.

Friday only ALL Tim Holtz and Ranger products will be an additional 10% off.

Friday and Saturday only there will be grab bags: $5, $6 and $7 each.

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Events in Palmer! July 23rd, 2009

Categories: Events

And people say Palmer isn’t busy… this Friday holds three community wide events!

1. Open house at Alaska Job Corp! This starts at 11AM, at the Job Corp headquarters, near Palmer Junior Middle School. Click here for a map.

2. Fresh Veggies at Friday Fling! The Dinkels (won many prizes for giant vegetables and the Alaska State Fair, included the giant cabbage weigh-off grand prize) have a booth, as well as the Kenley family and a couple others. Check them out! Support local farmers and enjoy local produce!

3. Palmer Pride Picnic, 4 PM at the Palmer Train Depot. Bring your family, get to know new people and visit with old friends!

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Colony Days Parade and Celebration June 14th, 2009

Categories: Events, History

Today I went to the Colony Days Parade and hung out in the Palmer Library parking lot and Friday Fling area.
The following photos were all taken this morning and afternoon.

To view the entire photo collection of today, go to the online album.

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Colony Days! June 11th, 2009

Categories: Events, History

Colony Days is an event-packed weekend in Downtown Palmer. It started as an opportunity to honor the original colonists of Palmer and has grown into a big deal each year for the average “Palmeranian”. Colony Days is a great way to get the community to gather, meet new
friends and greet old and honor its history. The familial feeling is
wonderful and its fun for people of all ages.

Some of the events include an Ice Cream Social at the Downtown Pavilion Area, a Classic Car Rally on Main Street, a Miners vs Monarchs game at the Hermon Brothers Field, a Smoked Salmon Contest at the Depot, and then the anticipated 2009 Bed Races. For a more detailed list of all events, go to the Palmer Chamber of Commerce (PCoC) schedule of events.

The theme of this years Colony Days is the “Return of the Grotto-Lunker”. This is based on an old legend about a dragon-like creature dwelling in the caves of Hatcher Pass. To find out more about the Grotto-Lunker, check out the PCoC website.

The official start of Colony Days begins Friday, June 12th, at 9:00 AM with a Kids Coloring Contest and the display of the the “Statehood Quilt” at the Palmer Visitor Center and Museum. Events continue until Sunday at 6:00 PM.

I encourage you to come out and celebrate the history of our town, as well as enjoy time with the family. Whatever the weather is, come prepared to have a blast!

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