The 80th anniversary of the Matanuska Colony project gets off to a rousing start on Friday, June 12, as Colony Days takes over downtown Palmer. This small-town celebration has something for everyone, including an old-fashioned parade through downtown Palmer.
Each year, Colony Days celebrates the establishment of the Matanuska Colony. In 1935, more than 200 families were relocated from the Midwest to the Palmer area. They were given 40 acres, a barn and an outbuilding to "prove up" the land. Throughout the years, the agricultural feel of the community can be traced to these hearty souls who braved everything and relocated their families thousands of miles.
This year, the fun starts on Friday with a series of events in downtown Palmer. Friday Flings offers visitors plenty of local food options, goods from local merchandise and some of the freshest produce around. On Saturday, those events continue, with the highlight being the parade, which starts at 11 a.m. Rumor has it there will be a skydiver kicking off the parade, so turn your eyes to the sky starting at 10:30 a.m. There will be races, kids games, lots of food and much more.
For more information about the Colony Days celebration, including a complete schedule of events, check out the Greater Palmer Chamber of Commerce Web site at www.palmerchamber.org.