Palmer Garden Art Faire

This Saturday, art of all sorts takes over the downtown Palmer area, as the Palmer Midsummer Garden and Art Faire has events planned ranging from gardening demonstrations to live music and baking.

This year, there are several interesting demonstrations and classes for gardeners, and best yet, all of them are free and open to the public. The classes take place around Palmer - in the Palmer Public Library meeting room, topics covered include how to tap birch trees, floral design, plant propagation, growing garlic and raising tomatoes; in the Palmer Museum garden, topics include photography in the garden, a walking tour history, composting and designing colorful containers; at the Palmer Midsummer Garden & Art Faire Tent, topics will include cooking local with Allen & Peterson and prepping rhubarb for baking.

Getting kids started in the garden young is easy by going to the event - throughout the day, children's events include a kid's farmers market hosted by FFA and an art-making session using vegetables.

A highlight of the event is the annual "Rhubarb Rumble," which takes place from 2-4 p.m. Each year, the event's committee challenges the local caterers and restaurants to create their best rhubarb recipe that uses as many local ingredients as possible. The public tastes each recipe, and then votes, crowning a rhubarb champ. Last year, it was Alaska Cheesecake Company. This year, the contestants are Turkey Red, NonEssentials, Klondike Mike's Roadhouse BBQ, Humdinger's Gourmet Pizza and Hot Hot Chocolate Shoppe.

Throughout the day, live music is taking place at the Palmer City Alehouse stage. The Palmer Arts Council Summer Youth Band starts it out at 11, and other acts scheduled to appear include Emma Hill, Pamyua, Ken Peltier and the Wildcat Trio. At the Fling at the Inn Performance State, there is also music throughout the afternoon.

Make it a garden and art weekend by heading to downtown Palmer! For a complete schedule, interested people can visit