My daughter and I decided to spend a beautiful Sunday at the Alaska State Fair. She did not go two days ago when my son and I went to the concert. You can read about that adventure on the Part 1 blog , if interested.
Our primary reason for going was to enjoy the events on a gorgeous sunny Labor Day Sunday. Why not be outside on a day like today? We mapped out our favorites before we left our house: Dan Meyer, The Sword Swallower, Fred Scheer’s Lumberjack show, Age of the Dinosaur, and Cirque Zuma Zuma. Unfortunately, we ran out of time and didn’t get to see Cirque Zuma Zuma.
The first event was the performance by Dan Meyer. He was very entertaining and definitely put on a show. In fact, the Alaska State Fair printed program describes the show like this:
Known for his ‘cutting edge innertainment,’ Dan Meyer is a 40-time World Champion Sword Swallower and holds seven Guinness World Records. Hailed by Ripley’s Believe It or Not as the ‘World’s TOP Sword Swallower,’ Dan made it to the finals of America’s Got Talent where he was AGT’s ‘Most Dangerous Act’ (Alaska, 2018, p. 15).
One of his performances is shown below. I can’t show all of my recorded segments because you must make plans to see his show yourself to appreciate his humor and skill.
The next event we saw was the Lumberjack Show. It was awesome. The lady announcer said she was Fred Scheer’s wife. (The show is Fred Scheer’s Lumberjack Show.) I thought she did a fabulous job and earned her spot there. She was raised around Lumberjacks and is quite accomplished herself. The Lumberjack Show was described like this in the program:
Watch world-champion lumberjacks battle it out in the ‘Olympics of the Forest,’ while comedy routines keep everyone laughing. This fast-paced show features the same events showcased in ESPN’s Great Outdoor Games and the Lumberjack World (Alaska, 2018, p. 15).
All of the performances by these talented Lumberjacks were awesome. I will share the pole climbing competition with you. Apparently, this is one of the events that happens every year. If you are at the Alaska State Fair in the future, definitely put this on your must-see list!
The last event we went to, besides more of the beautiful flower gardens, was the Age of the Dinosaurs. It was definitely geared toward younger children but Caris seemed to enjoy walking through and seeing the pretend dinosaur land.
I will leave you with a few tips and other random pictures. Some tips: arrive early to avoid long waits on the highway, tie a jacket around your waist in case the temperature drops, order your tickets online for speedier entry, take some cash for the parking fee, and map out your preferred event times prior to arrival.