As adults and even as kids, sometimes we don't get enough opportunities to enjoy the simple pleasures in life as much as we'd like.
This weekend there's a great chance to change that. For a small fee (and, unfortunately, plus gas), Kenai Peninsula residents can get away and enjoy one of the most charming events the state has to offer: the Kenai Peninsula State Fair.
Branded as "The Biggest Little Fair in Alaska," the fair is a chance to steal away to Ninilchik today, Saturday and Sunday and explore giant vegetables, colorful flowers, fuzzy animals, a plethora of crafts, music for a multitude of tastes and speaking of tastes some of the best food you can sink your teeth into.
Sounds tempting already, doesn't it?
Wait. There's more.
Peninsula folks get together for a family style rodeo on Saturday and Sunday; a midway will keep young and old entertained and moving; and for the first time, the fair will include a headline concert.
BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet will play at 8:30 tonight, sharing their mix of zydeco, New Orleans jazz, Tex-Mex, country and blues.
The Cupiit Yurartet Dancers and Chugach Mountain Range Cloggers will be there this weekend, too. So will J-Wail, Three Legged Mule, Grandma's Hope Notes and the Spur Highway Spankers. There will be a presentation from the Imaginarium, the Society for Creative Anachronism and Circus Fun.
There's the traditional parade at 10 a.m. Saturday, followed by the just as traditional Junior Market Livestock Auction at noon.
Did we mention the racing pigs?
We're fortunate to have such an event so close to home. No, it isn't that other fair in Palmer, but it's a great way to whet your appetite for it. And whether you plan to make the trip north, the Ninilchik fair still offers plenty to see and do in our own backyard.
Fair organizers have gone out of their way to make this year's celebration one of the best, and they have the perfect theme to go with it: Barn to be Wild.
We have a feeling it's going to live up to it's name, but there's only one way to find out.
You don't have to be a kid to indulge in cotton candy, rides and the egg toss. Just pack up your family, or just yourself, and head to Ninilchik this weekend.
This is an opportunity worth grabbing. Now go enjoy yourself.
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