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 was held in Palmer for the first time last year, and it was a rousing success, bringing in more than 25,000 attendees. This year, there will be more exhibitor spots, more educational opportunities and more youth activities. The gathering is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, with events held at the Palmer Airport and the Alaska State Fair.
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 Show and Shine Aircraft Beauty Contest takes place for viewing and voting on the purple lawn. 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, kite flying, an obstacle course and an aviation career fair.
Palmer is the place to be this weekend for all things aviation!