A national group called “Out at the Fair” has targeted the Alaska State Fair for one of its nine state fairs around the country for gays, lesbians, bisexual, transgender, and queer-identifying people to converge on en masse.
The Out at the Fair day is Saturday at the fairgrounds in Palmer, with LGBTQ+ people coming from all over the country to participate. The group targets between 8 and 10 fairs around the country every year for these events, with the Alaska State Fair on the list for the first time.
Alaskans attending the fair on Saturday can expect to see drag queens and lots of rainbow garb among the crowds. Many of the participants will be attending the LeAnn Rimes concert Saturday night. But first, the photo shoot for the group takes place.
“Our first festival always starts as a group photo because visibility as a community is very important. Join us Saturday, August 27, 2022, at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer, Alaska. Join us at 4:00pm (SHARP) at the ‘I in Fair’ sign for our 1st group photo!” the organization’s website says.
One of the sponsors of the event is Identity Inc., which wrote that it is family friendly, and “Show us your PRIDE Alaska by wearing something rainbow or ordering your ‘OATF Merch’ today and with your help, we will return to the Alaska State Fair in 2023.”
The fair runs through Sept. 5.