Giant Cabbage Weigh-Off
Everything in Alaska is big, including the vegetables. One of the signature events of the Alaska State Fair, and one not to be missed, is the Giant Cabbage Weigh-Off, which is held on August 30 at 7 p.m. in the Farm Exhibits Building. Here, growers from around Alaska bring their cabbages into the arena, farming gladiators if you will, to see who grew the biggest cabbage - and whether they can break the world record. It's not uncommon to have cabbages that weigh more than 100 pounds, and the world record was set in 2012 when Palmer's Scott Robb entered a 138.25-pound cabbage! This is a serious competition as well, with more than $2,000 in prizes awarded in the 2019 event! Get there early to get a prime seat.
Giant Pumpkins Take The Stage
Cabbages are world famous at the Alaska State Fair, but the Midnight Sun Pumpkin Weigh-Off is also a sight to behold. This year, the giant pumpkins enter the Farm Exhibits Building at 2 p.m. on August 27. Forklifts and giant scales are needed to weigh in these beauties. While a world record has not been set for pumpkins in the Alaska State Fair, they still are giants - in 2018, Anchorage's Dale Marshall had the winning entry at 1,471.5 pounds. That's almost a ton!