The 2018 Alaska State Fair starts Aug. 23, and that means 12 days of concerts, exhibits, contests, fair food and overall fun!

Throughout the entire fair, there are events held daily. Kids will love the Age of Dinosaurs exhibit in the Sheldon Events Center (there are shows at 2, 5 and 7 p.m. daily) and the Brad's World of Reptiles exhibit in the MVFCU Kid Zone, and various musicians appear on the Bluebonnet Stage and in the Events Tent throughout the fair. Magician Eric Gillam is also roaming the fair, performing his magic throughout the grounds. Also, the famed Scheer's Lumberjack Show takes place at 1, 3 and 6 p.m. daily in the SBS Woodlot.

There are several highlights on the schedule for the first weekend of the fair. On Thursday at 7 p.m., the fair revives an old tradition - the coronation of the official Alaska State Fair Queen. That takes place on the Colony stage. At the same time, Stone Sour takes the stage as the headlining concert. They have been described as a cross between Metallica and Alice in Chains.

Friday is Kids Day at the fair, which is always a favorite. Kids 12 and under get in free, and they are encouraged to bring two canned foods as a donation. There will be kids activities and games throughout the day.  Another popular event is the diaper derby, which begins at 1:30 p.m. The multi-platinum band Goo Goo Dolls take the stage at 7 p.m.

Saturday is Family Day, and it kicks off before you get to the fairgrounds. The Alaska State Fair Parade kicks off the day in downtown Palmer. The parade begins at 11 a.m. Watch the parade and then head to the fair. Midland takes the Borealis Theater stage at 7 p.m., with their "70s California country" style.

The first weekend concludes on Sunday with headliners Three Dog Night. The legendary icons have been playing for five decades and are still a favorite among audiences. Other top events taking place on Sunday include the RAM Champions Tour Finals Rodeo, roller derby demos, the Cook Inlet Kennel Club dog show and a full lineup of musicians at The Watering Hole.

Head on out to Palmer and make it a weekend filled with fun fair activities! For a complete schedule, visit the Alaska State Fair's web site HERE.