Alaska Fair is one of the most famous and popular fairs known for the size of vegetables. The Fair is quite renowned for its massive production of vegetables. In recent years, some big-sized products like a 138-pound Cabbage, 65-pound Cantaloupe, and 35 pound Broccoli are some of the most famous produce from Alaska’s soil. These massive vegetables are generally weighed for competition in the Alaska State Fair.

Clark James Mishler/Courtesy of Alaska State Fair

This Fair is held every Thursday in Palmer, and the public gets a chance to look at these giants when they are weighed for competition. The crop superintendent of the Alaska Fair also mentioned during one of his press meets that “when you as a normal individual view these vegetables for the first time, you won’t even recognize what vegetables they are.” Other states also do have giant crop competitions. Still, Alaska is very popular and is known for setting up quite a few Guinness World Records for the size of the vegetables in it’s fair.

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By Jay Galvin

How are the vegetables so big in size?

The fundamental question that may arise in anyone’s mind, ‘How is the size so big?’ Let us delve into the answer speculating around the immense size of veggies in the region. 

Weather condition: According to some of the significant agricultural agents and researchers, the weather condition and specifically the summer sun give the grower an edge. The crops in the region generally receive 20 hours of sunlight, providing most of the vegetables in Alaska a photosynthesis bonus –allowing them to grow bigger.  

Hence this allows the farmers to grow more plants, and as the plant receives maximum sunlight, so the size of the fruits and vegetables from the plants gets bigger. The extra sunlight also has lots of other benefits. As a farmer, you need to utilize this sunlight to the best extent. The produce gets sweeter as the plants would receive more sunlight.

What Is The Basic Structure Of Alaska’s Fair?   

The Fair has two rounds of crop competition, and the farmer or the producer needs to clear all other subs round to reach the final round. The Fair also has a separate contest for a few vegetables like Pumpkin and Cabbage. 

The winner is decided generally by the weight and size, depending on the round and category. When the Fair ends, the producer’s winning vegetable is donated to the animals at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.

As per Steve Brown, one of the most famous agricultural agents in the Alaska Fairbanks and is currently working in a fair’s board of directors, it is the right variety of seed that would determine the size and quality of produce. Some of the top growers in the state of Alaska, like Scott Robb, followed this tactic to win several other competitions held in the country. 

As per Brown, it is the proper material that would define your product size and quality. The previous records set in Alaska are so high that it almost took 20 years for Brown to break the previous albums. He brought a 138.25-pound Cabbage to break all the previous records in the year 2012.

It is generally in January when most giant producers start spreading their seeds under grow lights in the greenhouses. Until May, they keep on transferring their plants to larger and larger pots. Finally, when the ground becomes warmer, they stop and protect their pedigreed vegetables for the Fair.

The farmers also need to ensure proper protection of their crops. They should also have an appropriate system of fertilization to get the best results. Many producers in Alaska have also stated that giant vegetables can grow unexpectedly as well. 

The giant vegetables grown by the farmers make the Alaska State Fair a highly sought-after event globally. The records and the size of the vegetables are enormous and it takes a lot of time to break these records. The thing that makes the state fair more successful is the donation of the amount of money that winning vegetable grabs to the state’s Wildlife.


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