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North To Alaska (State Fair & Back to Anchorage)

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Woke up Saturday morning with the Alaska State Fair right across from our hotel. The Noisy Goose was next door, so we breakfasted there. Full of locals and fair-goers, The Noisy Goose was definitely noisy, but the food was very good. We even tried reindeer sausage, which was fine (tasted like sausage).  

Reindeer sausage

Reindeer sausage

Drove around Palmer a bit to see what the town was like, then joined the crowds entering the fairgrounds. Similar to state fairs everywhere, except for more emphasis on snow-related vehicles and truly GIANT prize-winning vegetables.  

Time & Temperature at the Alaska Choice Inn Motel

Time & Temperature at the Alaska Choice Inn Motel

Alaska State Fair sign

Alaska State Fair sign

Prize-winning 100+ lb. cabbage

Prize-winning 100+ lb. cabbage

More prize-winning veggies

More prize-winning veggies

329 lb. pumpkin

Prize-winning pumpkin

Friendly yeti overlooking the livestock exhibits

Friendly yeti overlooking the livestock exhibitsPrize-winning pumpkin

"Fryer Tuck" fried corn on the cob, "Sweeties," (fried sweet potatoes) & "Shroomies" (fried mushrooms)

"Friar Tuck" fried corn on the cob, "Sweeties" (fried sweet potatoes), "Wedgies" (fried potato wedges), & "Shroomies" (fried mushrooms)

Left Palmer; headed back to Anchorage. Our mini-van was completely awash in snacks, maps, flyers, and whatever we’d picked up/purchased at the fair. Good weather predicted for the following day, so we planned to take a “flight-seeing” tour of Denali via float plane. Called Rust’s Flying Service and reserved a spot. Found out they had a special deal because of Alaska’s 50th anniversary of statehood–$50 off flights for anyone with a 50th birthday in 2009. Since we were in Alaska partially to celebrate my brother-in-law’s 50th birthday, he got to take advantage of the deal!


About ltbrwnhare

A real Ashevillain, from the fabled town of Asheville, NC. There aren't too many of us "from here" any more, but don't ask about the secret handshake. Few people know I blog; they think I work for corporate America. I do. Both. There's probably a secret handshake for that, too. You can think of me as a "locavore," if you like: someone who consumes local food and culture. I'm not just local, though--I like finding out interesting stuff from all over the place, traveling, tasting, reading, writing fiction (actually, I write non-fiction--I just don't let my family read it and get mad at me for spilling the beans. There are some pretty funky beans to spill, sometimes, but that's just a fact of life in the South...), and lots of other things. If I think of them, maybe I'll blog about them.

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