One of my favorite Alaska events takes place this weekend in downtown Palmer - Colony Days. It has a perfect small-town Alaska vibe to it, and with great weather forecasted for the weekend, you don't want to miss it.

The annual celebration honors the Matanuska Colony project, in which 200 families were moved from the Midwest to Palmer in 1935 to homestead the area. Today, many of those families are gone, but they laid the groundwork for what Palmer has become.

The Greater Palmer Chamber of Commerce puts Colony Days on every year, and this year they have several big things planned. Friday Flings gets the weekend started right, with an awesome outdoor market featuring Alaska
Grown products from local farmers, as well as a concert. Later on, take in the annual bed races for some hilarity. Then, cap off the evening with classic car rally on Main Street.

On Saturday, Colony Days really kicks into gear with a good old fashioned parade through the downtown area at 11 a.m. Throughout the day, there will be games for the kids, a bike rodeo, outdoor markets, music, hay rides and more. You almost don't even need a schedule - there are events going on constantly. On Sunday, don't miss the Bill Mitchell 5K run at 11 a.m. or the Mat-Su Miners opening game at 4 p.m. at Hermon Brothers Field.

There are too many events going on to list them here. That's why you should check out for a complete list of the goings on. Make sure you grab the kids and head to Palmer for a weekend you won't soon forget!