PALMER -- The Alaska State Fair starts Thursday, that annual late-summer homage to carnival rides, donut hamburgers, and the monster vegetables of the Matanuska Valley.
Rock out to Foreigner, laugh at Bill Cosby, unearth replicas of King Tut's Treasures, show off that moose call or just ogle a giant kohlrabi that looks more like a pineapple ate a bowling ball, all against Chugach Mountain views. Weather permitting.
... Thanks to what fair marketing manager Dean Phipps calls a "paradigm shift" to schedule big-name performers at some public venues, live music fans can check out legendary guitarist Nokie Edwards, country rockers Pure Prairie League and several other choice selections for free.
Dozens of new booths also join the 475 vendors selling food and wares, including Celestial Dragon Massage on the Yellow Trail and Howling Wolf Furs on Purple.
Sounds like it'll be fun. And the forecast for Sunday (the day we're going) is for sun & 61 degrees. Just about perfect.
I will have pictures.