The "Biggest Little Fair in Alaska" gears up this weekend at the fair grounds in Ninilchik. Fair hours are Friday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Daily admission is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors, $4 for children ages 6-12 and free for children under 6. Three-day admission is $17 for adults, $12 for seniors, $10 for youths ages 6-12 and free for children under 6.
The following is a list of happenings at this year's Ninilchik State Fair.
Exhibit entry day, from noon to 7 p.m. at the fair grounds. Entries can also be left at the Cooperative Extension Office on Kalifornsky Beach Road in Soldotna and at the Homer Soil and Water Conservation Office at the corner of Lake Street and East End Road in Homer.
Karaoke from 5 to 9 p.m.
Musical performances Friday will include the Alaska Brass Quintet from the U.S. Air Force at 6 p.m., Butch Leman at 7 p.m., JoAnn and Monte in the evening, the Swinging Golden Girls, Holly Nagasako, Mike Morgan, Susan Ward, Berkly, and Gypsy and the Big Spanker.
A fireworks display at 10:30 p.m. at the Ninilchik School field. Tickets will be sold at the fair booth for a chance to light off the show. The drawing will be held at 8 p.m.
A lumberjack competition will be held during the day. Contestants will compete in speed, skill and a combination of the two for cash prizes and a new chain saw.
A parade will begin at 10 a.m. at the Inlet View Cafe in Ninilchik. Anyone wanting to participate in the parade should be there at 9 a.m.
Musical performances Saturday will include the Alaska Brass Quintet from the U.S. Air Force at 11 a.m., JoAnn and Monte in the afternoon, Hobo Kim at 4 p.m., Alma Andina, Tuff-E-Nuff, Berkly, the Maybrey Bros., Wishbone Creek, the Spur Highway Spankers, 4 on the Richter Scale, the Anchor Town Cloggers and Kelsey Megchelsen.
The junior market livestock auction will begin at noon.
A family-style rodeo will be held at 2 p.m.
The third annual River to River Run, a six-mile run that crosses Deep Creek and the Ninilchik River at low tide, at 5:30 p.m. Registration begins at 4:30 p.m.
A dance with music by Too Fat to Fly from Homer will be from 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
A fish olympics will be held at noon. Contestants will compete in weight guessing, filleting and more.
A family-style rodeo will be held at 1 p.m.
Musical performances Sunday include JoAnn and Monte in the afternoon, Alma Andina, J.D. Uponen, Kipps Classy Canines, Mo Better blues, the Hoo Doo Band, Ten Cent Zen and Berkly.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
A Star Wars Laser Beam Show will happen four times an hour.
Josh Casey will perform three shows each day of juggling, comedy and more.
The Williams Family Troupe will perform daily shows with singing, dancing, acting, poetry and juggling.
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