First day of Alaska State Fair

PALMER, Alaska (KTUU) - The Alaska State Fair started in Palmer, Thursday afternoon. According to the state fair, almost 300,000 people are expected to attend this year.

Ribbons awarded during the first day of the 2017 Alaska State Fair. (KTUU)

Expect to eat, and then eat some more. Who are we kidding? Go back for thirds!

The giant turkey legs are back, as well as the peanut potato fries. Pro tip: Try the Parmesan tacos at Taco Dans.

In fact, according to our KTUU poll, most participating viewers were most excited for the fair food.

The fair is an agricultural highlight for many people.

Alaska Grown estimates that there are more than 700 farms in the state, and many of those farmers will be in town showing off their goats, pigs and giant cabbages - you can see the Giant Cabbage Weigh-off at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 1.

Alaska Grown says agriculture is huge here, and it means tens-of-millions of dollars in revenue in Alaska. Although, farmers and flower growers say they have lower expectations this year, because of this summer's heavy rainfall.

The Alaska Farm Family of the year, the Plagerman family of Delta Junction, were honored on the first day of the fair, at 5 p.m. They grow hay and sell it to horse owners, beef, yak and sheet farmers. Plus, they also sell bison.

Come on down to the Alaska State Fair for your share of family fun and good eating.

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