This fair has food and rides and animals and crafts and performances just like most fairs everywhere. The location is beautiful, with mountains in the background and it has room for wide walkways and paths between everything.
Many state fairs have all the smaller fairs all over the state leading up to the BIG one, so the prize cattle or jams from everywhere compete against the best of the best the state has to offer. This is not like that. Maybe because of geography or simply distance this is the only chance to shine. There are communities here that can only be reached by air or water and not very practical to fly the prize pony out. Also many of the communities are fairly small in numbers and would not be able to offer the same level of competition. All in all if you have an opportunity this is a very good fair to attend.
In the huge variety of items entered in various categories, you know you are in Alaska. The products used and the themes in the photos and drawings and paintings seem to represent this state beautifully. The natural beauty of Alaska becomes apparent very quickly. I feel very lucky to have had an opportunity to see first hand the giant vegetables that I have heard about for years.
For the food, animals, entertainment and location, I for one am very glad I had a chance to attend.