Alaska State Fair

PALMER — The Alaska State Fair recently announced changes to its fall event schedule to accommodate for social distancing in consideration participants’ health and safety

“The Fair continues to do our part to keep staff, vendors, and visitors to the fairgrounds as safe as possible,” Fair CEO Jerome Hertel stated in a recent press release.

The Fair’s annual Holiday Bazaar will take place over two weekends instead of one. Pre-registration will be required to gain entry.

The Holiday Bazaar is typically held over one weekend. This year, it will take place the weekend of October 16 and 17 and the weekend of October 23 and 24 in an effort to provide adequate spacing. Attendees are asked to remain six feet away from each other follow proper social distancing guidelines. Masks are also strongly encouraged.

The Bazaar will be open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Raven Hall and Hoskins Building within the Fairgrounds.

According to the press release, this event has gained popularity over the years with a wide range of gifts from over 100 vendors to choose from to jumpstart holiday shopping. Visitors can browse through an array of clothing, art, knives, jewelry, glasswork, quilts, antiques, food products, furniture, woodwork, and other unique finds.

Several Alaskan food trucks and vendors such as Grandma Weis, Grizzly Dogs, Barbeque Babes, and Tiki Pete’s, King of the Mountain, and Taco Love will be onsite serving meals throughout each weekend. Families can also meet Santa and Mrs. Claus in between shopping and eating.

The Fair postponed the Mighty Monster Boo Fest, an annual event for local breweries and beer enthusiasts. Boo Fest was originally scheduled for October 23, and will likely take place after the New Year following a public announcement.

For additional details on event safety precautions, upcoming event information, and to make reservations for the Holiday Bazaar, visit alaskastatefair.org.

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