A drag queen reads to young children during an official “Out at the Fair” event in the lower-48. The group aims to take a large group photo at this year’s Alaska State Fair, with future plans of establishing a more prominent presence.

Established in the 1930s to celebrate the first successful harvest by the original Mat-Su colonists, the Alaska State Fair now includes big-name entertainers, carnival rides and much more.

Now, LGBTQ activists are attempting to harness the fair’s popularity to promote controversial notions about gender identity and sexual orientation.

On Aug. 27, a national group called Out at the Fair (OATF) plans to take the initial first step towards eventually launching a large LGBTQ festival during the family-oriented Alaska State Fair.

“Our first festival always starts as a group photo because visibility as a community is very important,” OATF’s website states. “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.”

While fair staff are aware of the initial photoshoot to kick off the LGBTQ group’s agenda, a spokeswoman said the fair is not officially partnering with the national group. However, OATF is actively promoting their photoshoot by using the Alaska State Fair logo transposed over a transgender flag with a cartoon of a rainbow-colored unicorn striking a dance pose.

In establishing an initial foothold at state and local fairs around the country, OATF begins small and works out. This strategy entails moving from smaller non-sanctioned events (like the upcoming photoshoot) to eventually becoming officially sponsored vendors and entertainers. Started in 2011, the group now provides officially-sponsored LGBTQ entertainment at fairs across California, Oregon and New Mexico. Events include drag performances for adults and children, gay-themed concerts and dances, LGBTQ photo booths, erotic acrobatic shows, kids’ games and other activities. Many of the events include scantily clad, highly sexualized cross-dressers – often men wearing heavy makeup and women’s attire.

The inaugural photoshoot at the Alaska State Fair will occur in front of the main fair logo. It just so happens that the group photo coincides with the fair’s Alaska Airlines “Family Day” – one of the most popular days for children because kids under 12 receive a $2 discount on admission.

A drag queen performer associated with Out at the Fair interacts with a young boy during a fair event in the Lower-48.

Identity, an Anchorage based LGBTQ activist group, is helping to sponsor the upcoming photoshoot. Identity hosts myriad gay-themed events across Alaska, including Drag Queen stories for children. It also operates a clinic in Anchorage that promotes powerful hormone-blocking, cross-sex drugs for youth, as well as transgender surgeries.

This is the second time this year in which LGBTQ activists have utilized the fairgrounds in Palmer to promote controversial ideologies surrounding sexuality and gender identity. Earlier this summer, transgender and homosexual rights activists associated with a separate group called “The Queens Guard” utilized the state fairgrounds to promote drag queens, peddle pro-abortion shwag and hawk bizarre trinkets centered around the culture of death. The all-ages “Underground Pride” event was marketed to families, teens and young children.


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LGBTQ activists making inroads at ‘family friendly’ Alaska State Fair

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Andy says:

    The state fair disclaimer and policy prohibits a lot of things like smoking, vaping, drugs, guns and knives but nothing pertaining to lewd behavior or grooming, that oversight left the door wide open, wake up Palmer this isn’t 1930, our children are our future, they need protection.

  • E5 PRODUCTION says:

    Disgusting to ply such filth on children.
    Shame on the parents, too.

  • Lorine says:

    I won’t be spending my money at the fair this year. Look at those pictures of grown men dressed in a sexual manner and touching children. Parents, what are you thinking?

  • Anon says:

    This should not be allowed at the fair.

  • Mike says:

    No fair for us this year!

  • Anna says:

    Amen to all these comments!

  • Mongo Love Candy says:

    Keep your kids away from the State Pedophile Fair. Spend your money elsewhere.

  • Andrea says:

    Pathetic, come on parents raise the bar and don’t let your children witness this filthy grooming! Leave the kids alone and let them be innocent children!

  • Nunya says:

    Don’t just not go, push back! That’s why we’re losing the culture war! You can’t run away forever.

  • Justin Michesloff says:

    Boycott the fair. This is not the place for a family to go since this deviant behavior is, by being allowed, supported by the management.

  • Joe Hartley says:

    I just came from the Fair opening day. I saw a older man dressed in full drag. Fake breasts and totally disgusting. I did not know what to think.
    Now I understand. Is this the future of the Alaska State Fair?
    In Petersburg in 2018 Annual Mayfest Celebration, Homosexual activists slid under the radar into
    the Parade. It enraged several locals. Why, Mayfest is a Norwegian Holiday. That is how the locals wanted to keep Mayfest, tied to its past. There has not been a Homosexual representation at Mayfest since.
    Moral of the story, If we as Alaskans want to preserve the events that we cherish, we have to be heard.
    Please contact the Board of Director’s of the ASF.

  • Kai says:

    Why not go and let them know they are not wanted,protest, instead of giving them space.You know they would do it if you were singing Christian hymns…

    • AK Kenneth says:

      This is actually the best idea I’ve seen here. Good idea, Kai.
      Why not show up to witness to these sad and misguided individuals, instead of boycotting the state fair? What I got from the article is the state fair is not sanctioning this photo shoot, and there is no “official” L-thing event at the fair. I also do not know that the fair could legally prevent these folk from having the photo shoot in front of the sign without having to face a lawsuit the fair might lose. Of course I am not a lawyer, just well read and know how litigious our country is and how these L-thing activists operate.

      • Adam Grisham says:

        As far as I have seen in the past 30 years, the ASF has not really stopped any type of booth as long as it was not offensive. There have been multiple different faiths represented at the fair every year and different view points. Personally, as a Christian, I don’t agree with LGBTQ type of mentality, though I don’t hate the person themself. I am called to love each person, not what they choose to believe or what their gender or identity is.

    • Joe says:

      You nailed it, spot on! If we run away, that only allows and encourages this sick evil to spread!

      • Theresa says:

        The choice is more difficult for those with children. We might go to witness to the Faith, but in doing so risk endangering the innocence and purity of our children. The risk of endangering our children’s innocence is much greater this year, since we now know that this group is making an effort to be seen.

    • Angie says:

      I will not support anything that promotes grooming of children period!

  • Proud Alaskan says:

    A bunch of very sick individuals
    I agree I will not be going are supporting the fair. Once these businesses start losing money they will get on board to help stop these disgusting acts.
    Plus You parents who are taking your innocence children to these filthy show, You should be ashamed of yourselves

  • Super G Janly says:

    We don’t go to the fair but if this keeps happening alot of people won’t be going now or in the future. We don’t have any young children/grandchildren/great grand kids living in Alaska but if we did they wouldn’t be going to this. I never heard anything about how the other event was received or attended. Must have been good or they wouldn’t be doing it again. So very sick. I don’t care what you do in your personal life but leave children alone!

  • Yetitrax says:

    That is just sick.
    It needs to be shut down right now.
    If not, it will only become worse.

  • Kathy says:

    Shut down the fair if this filth is allowed. I’m boycotting the fair and any businesses that participate in it. Get a list of businesses supporting the fair to boycott the rest of the year!!!!

  • Joe says:

    This is The devil’s work! I support everyone who posted in opposition to this, I don’t agree with boycotting the fair right now. Until they fully officially accept it in, it needs to be rained on hard, not run away from. Everyone who feels like boycotting the fair now (I do too, I get it) we all need to pull together and show up and oppose their actions verbally and visibly! If we clear out and let them have their way, that supports them. This is very serious business here!

  • Joe says:

    Would like to see an opposing logo with a moose back kicking the unicorn! Flags and tshirts! I would buy and wear that!

  • Michael E Blydenburgh says:

    Show up in force and show these deviants that they are not wanted here exposing our children to there demented ideology.

  • Ceak says:

    If we see any of this, then I’ll explain to my children that there are some crazy people in this world. My kid’s know where the rainbow comes from, God’s promise.

    • mhs says:

      Exactly. You also might want to take a moment to explain to the confused alphabet people the original meaning of the rainbow and how greatful they should be that God is willing to give them a second chance. I would think this action would also be a powerful message to any children about.

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  • Elizabeth Henry says:

    Funny the unicorn is their symbol? Make believe just like the faux gender identity. What a tragedy. These people truly need help but their ‘pride’, another interesting ‘pun’, lack of humility, and complete chosen blindness to truth, keeps them from any true healing. The flip side of their shove to force others to embrace their dysfunction should be criminal. I would call it sexual abuse, sexual aggression and lewdness.

  • Based Alaskan says:

    Boycotting, not going to businesses that support this I get, but like Michael above stated, this is an opportunity to show up and make this degeneracy know how truly unwelcome it is. Where is the line folks?

  • sandra schmitt says:

    Boycotting Alaska State Fair for allowing this organization to promote their destructive agenda towards our kids and us.

  • DaveMaxwell says:

    Let’s see if Christian people can figure out how to lead in this degrading culture? My guess is that they are incompetent , intimidated , and speechless! The contemporary church needs to grow up

  • Angie says:

    I will not support anything that promotes grooming of children period!

  • mhs says:

    I just tried to call the fairgrounds. It seems they don’t answer the phone on Tuesday and Wednesday. As a person who took some child development classes back in the day before the subject was politicized I learned that children are programed to learn certain things at certain ages in a progression. Skipping about in this progression can be confusing at the very least and traumatizing at worst. Children, young children especially should not be exposed to sexual subjects, especially deviant ones. Aside from a cursory explanation such as “Don’t pay any attention to them. They are really confused so stay away from them” I wouldn’t focus too much on the rainbow crowd with young children. Older children might need more specific info. I wasn’t going to take my grandkids to the fair but I just might now so they can see me disapprove of this behavior and spread a little of the word of God.

  • Julie says:

    This was not a family friendly situation. Parents need to make their displeasure in this situation told to the fair board. If people to not speak up, this will happen again.

  • Sarah says:

    I think it would be most helpful to focus on the objective reasons why this type of nonsense doesn’t belong at the fair…that has nothing to do with LGBTQ anything. Anyone and everyone is welcome at the fair. The real problem that I think most everyone (regardless of their politics) should still be able to agree on is that the state fair doesn’t currently (and should not ever start) allowing burlesque style anything or scantily clothed anyone. If it is to remain a family friendly event, they need to keep things PG and this group sounds like they haven’t respected that at other state fairs so they likely won’t respect that here. THAT’S the real issue. We can’t start banning PEOPLE based off of what sins we find acceptable and what sins we don’t. Instead, we do our best to ban the SIN.

  • S says:

    Unfortunately they removed the fair directors email from their website and do not include contact information for their board members. Any other contact suggestions?