The Alaska State Fair is an annual tradition that brings out more “local color” than probably any other statewide event. The “local color” issue was so obvious, that I had to ask a longtime Alaska residents for an explanation. I approached the subject gingerly by saying I had experienced more “local color” than I expected at the fair. The local resident said to me, “Oh, you got to see “valley people.” I asked, “What are “valley people?“ I was answered slowly with, “You know, V-A-L-L-E-Y P-E-O-P-L-E.” “Oh, like in the movie Deliverance?” “YES!” they retorted. I now have a better understanding of another strata of Alaskan residents. Not everybody lives in a condo.
Here are some photos from the fair. Picture yourself in Iowa riding these same rides and going to the same shows. It’s a classic state fair in every sense.