The largest aviation show in Alaska is coming to Palmer this weekend, as the Great Alaska Aviation Gathering brings together flying enthusiasts from around the state for a weekend full of demonstrations, activities and fun. The annual event is hosted by the Alaska Airmen's Association.
The event is typically held in Anchorage but is being hosted in Palmer in 2021. Events will take place at the Palmer Municipal Airport and the Alaska State Fairgrounds on Saturday and Sunday. Admission and parking is free.
On Saturday, seminars are being held in Hoskins Hall on the Alaska State Fairgrounds all day, with new topics being presented hourly. While that's going on, the first ever "Fly Market" aviation swap meet is being held in the farm pavilion, along with an aviation career fair for those looking to work in the industry.
On Sunday at 10 a.m., the popular "Show and Shine" airplane viewing event is taking place at the airport. Pilots from around Alaska are flying in and their planes will be on display, with judging for categories such as Best in Show and Duct Tape Masterpiece. It's a chance for spectators to see some of Alaska's most unique and unusual aircraft, as well as traditional workhorses like Otters, Beavers and Super Cubs.
Throughout the weekend, events for kids will take place including free airplane rides, flight simulators, an obstacle course and drone flights.
Palmer is the place to be this weekend for all things aviation!