The Alaska State Fair ends this Monday, but not before a wild weekend of highlights. Make sure you get to Palmer to soak up this "Last Blast of Summer."
If you've never seen a monkey riding a dog herding sheep, you probably aren't alone. But if you make it to the fair on Friday, you can check that little nugget off your bucket list, as the "Team Ghost Riders" take over the corral at 7 p.m. It's one of the more hilarious things you'll ever see. Also on Friday at 7 p.m. is the 21st annual Giant Cabbage Weigh Off. Fingers are crossed to see if a new world record will be set, as the cabbages get over the 100 pound mark routinely. Last week, a 1,469-pound pumpkin set a new state record. But if it's music you're after, Volbeat takes the stage at 7 p.m. as well.
Saturday promises to be just as exciting, as the monster trucks rev up the fun at the grandstand with two performances. At 2 p.m., the annual beard contest brings together the furriest of Alaskans. If you've got a special talent - other than a fantastic beard - enter the Alaska's Got Talent contest, in which $2,500 in prizes will be awarded. The preliminaries are Saturday afternoon. Country artist Randy Houser is set for his Alaska State Fair debut at 7 p.m. Award-winning Yup'ik and Inuit band Pamyua is performing at 7 p.m. at The Gathering Place. Saturday ends with a bang, as the anticipated fireworks display begins at 10 p.m.
On Sunday, check out the Homesteader Games with Hobo Jim or listen to the legendary Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo. The fair wraps up on Monday with an Iditarod meet and greet at 11 a.m. and a performance by Andy Grammer at 3 p.m. The finals of Alaska's Got Talent begin at 4 p.m., giving you a full day of fun on Labor Day.
Throughout the entire weekend, free concerts take place around the fairgrounds. Don't miss "Redhead Express," a group of sisters originally from Palmer now living in Tennessee. They play on both Saturday and Sunday. The World of Reptiles is open throughout the final weekend as well.
Don't miss out on the best event in Alaska, the state fair. Visit www.alaskastatefair.org for a complete list of schedules, exhibits and events.