The Matanuska Valley Agricultural and Industrial Fair Association was incorporated June 9, 1936. That same year, the Fair acquired a more permanent site from the Alaska Rural Rehabilitation Corporation (ARRC), where the Alaska Veterans and Pioneers Home is now located. In 1939, a then-record 1,600 visitors attended the Fair.
While the Fair has certainly come a long way since the first event in 1936, the spirit of the Fair remains relatively constant. Visitors do enjoy a wider range of events, such as big name entertainers and carnival rides, but the heart of the Fair still centers on the things the original colonists started with - agriculture, produce, lots of food, flowers, friends and family, and an old-fashioned, good time.
Art, Creative Arts & Crafts, Canning, Clay Arts, Fiber & Fleece, Handwork & Needlework, Honey & Beekeeping, Photography, Spirited Beverages, Sewing, Woodworking, and Quilts.
Art, Baked Goods, Canning, Spirited Beverages, Photography, and Special Contests
Creative Arts & Crafts, Clay Arts, Fiber & Fleece, Handwork & Needlework, Quilts, Sewing, and Woodworking
Crops, Flowers, Beekeeping, Livestock, Poultry, and Rabbits