From live music to workshops on painting, gardening and even a Rhubarb Rumble, the Palmer Midsummer Garden & Arts Faire truly celebrates all things Alaska this weekend in downtown Palmer.

The event has grown considerably through the years, and this weekend's event is no different - there are garden and art vendors, workshops, garden tours, local food and beverages, live music, cultural performances and even the Rhubarb Rumble, in which local restaurants and caterers square off using their favorite rhubarb recipes.

The event begins at 10 a.m. July 9, with events continuing throughout the day in various locations. For the workshops, the Palmer Public Library and the Palmer Visitor Center's garden area will be highlighting such topics invasive weed controls, warm weather crops, painting in the garden, composting and others. 

There are also events at the Palmer Museum, including a fun pinata-making class at 3 p.m. The lawn area around the Mat-Su Borough building is the place to learn about bonsai, fiber arts, working with rhubarb and beekeeping. At 4 p.m., Stephen Gerteisen is hosting a Brewing 101 course at Arkose Brewery.

Throughout the day, live music takes the stage near the museum as well, with artists rotating until 8 p.m.

New this year is the "topihairy challenge," in which local stylists vie to create the best garden-inspired hairstyle.

For a detailed schedule of events, click here for the Palmer Midsummer Garden & Art Faire's web site.