Chickens at the Alaska State Fair

Toothed fungus, Alaska State Fair, August 27, 2011

Eggs hatching at Alaska State Fair, August 27, 2011

When you think “Alaska State Fair,” chickens aren’t the first creatures coming to mind. Yaks, maybe (there was one). Llamas, goats, dairy cows, sheep. And everyone knows that Alaska grows some of the biggest cabbages in the world, weighing in at one hundred pounds or more. But people around Southcentral Alaska from Palmer, Wasilla, Anchorage, and the surrounding farmlands and woods do raise chickens for food and fun. And if you raise, or can find, something living, it’s likely that there will be a category for displaying it at the State Fair. Here’s a sampling of what we found on a chilly Saturday, when the termination dust (aka snow) powdered the distant peaks of the Chugach Range, and the birch leaves showed yellow on the Palmer Hay Flats.

Award-winning hen, possibly a Campine? August 27,2011

Giant veggies, Alaska State Fair, August 27, 2011

Rooster at Alaska State Fair, August 27, 2011

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