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Palmer Alaska State Fair August 31st, 2017

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Summer is short but sweet in Alaska, and helping bring it to a close each year is the Alaska State Fair. The State Fair is a great place to bring anyone, from your closest friends to your most awkward relatives. The state fair is held in Palmer but the people come from all around the country. Whether you go for your children or because you love it, it is hard to avoid going at least once each year.

 

Alaska is a big state, with big vegetables and plants to go with it. Don’t miss the seeing the giant cabbage weigh off, Friday the 1st of September. Created in Alaska, the many exhibit halls have an assortment of clever creations from hand turned bowls made of wood to dolls made out of pumpkins and cucumbers. There are also many types of delicious fair foods to be eaten, each with a nutritional value inversely proportional to their price. Cure your itch for motion sickness by going on some of the thrilling rides they have at the fairgrounds. Looking for entertainment? Take a seat and enjoy some of the shows at one of the fairgrounds five stages, or enjoy some of the amazing artists and bands performing concerts such as: Lecrae, Third Eye Blind, The Doobie Brothers and DNCE . If singing and dancing aren’t your thing, take a look at some of the livestock and animals that are being shown, and judged, in the barn.

 

The Alaska State Fair is a great place to have fun in Palmer. Whether you are looking for a place to take your relatives, wanting to see the award winning vegetables or loose your lunch on some of the amusement rides, there is something for everyone at the fairgrounds. The Alaska State Fair runs from August 24 till September 4 for 2017. Come enjoy the last of summer in the Mat-Su valley.

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VanderWeele Farms February 2nd, 2016

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Harvesting

Harvesting

VanderWeele Farms

VanderWeele Farms

Has anyone tried VanderWeele’s Alaska Grown vegetables? If not you have missed out big time! In fact if you have purchased any produce that says Alaska Grown from any grocery store you have probably bought some of VanderWeele’s vegetables.

The carrot pile

The carrot pile

VanderWeele Farms is a family run business and they grow all their produce right here in Palmer. Their products are sold statewide. Most of their vegetables are sold in the summer or fall. But you can purchase potatoes year round and carrots can be bought most of the winter. At VanderWeeles only the perfect potato or carrot makes its way into you local grocery store.

Here is VanderWeele’s facebook page. If you want Alaska to continue to produce vegetables buy Alaska Grown.

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Hatcher Pass has snow!! January 26th, 2016

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Photo courtesy  Brittney Robles

Photo courtesy
Brittney Robles

I know that it is hard to believe but Hatcher Pass does have snow, quite a bit actually. There is plenty for snowmachining and more then enough for snowboarding or skiing. Sledding is also a option and there are plenty of spots to sled.

Groomed trails make traveling easy and fun. If you want, you can even stop by the Hatcher Pass Lodge and grab a bite to eat.

Snowmachiners should check out this website for information about where they can and can’t go. Unfortunately there is some avalanche danger so be cautious about those steep slopes!

Whether you are a snowmachiner, skier, a hiker, or snowboarder Hatcher Pass is a great place to spend the day.

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Maud Road Shooting Range January 19th, 2016

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Maud Rd P.net

Has anyone been up to the new Maud Road shooting range? Thinking back I remember when the “range” used to be a big ugly clearing. HConstruction sure did an excellent job on building it.

One of the things that is really cool about this range is that it is completely free. No fee for shooting here! There are actually two separate ranges, one 25yd handgun range, and one 100yd rifle range. Both have benches and garbage cans. So grab your gun/guns, get out to mile 2.6 of Maud Road extension and have a “blast”.

The 25yd handgun range

The 25yd handgun range

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Winter?? January 18th, 2016

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The snowless field across from the Palmer Airport.

The snowless field across from the Palmer Airport.

Palmer has been having some odd “winter” weather lately! Temperatures well into the high 40s mimic weather patterns from down south. Has anyone had to mow their lawns yet? Even though its the middle of January we have almost no snow! Unfortunately, this has been Palmer’s weather pattern for the last three years.

However, because the temperature is USUALLY below freezing, the lakes around Palmer have been frozen for a few months. Combined with the lack of snow, this has made skating excellent. Take advantage of this odd “winter” weather, grab a pair of skates, head for the nearest lake, and have some fun.

Myers Lake

Myers Lake

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