The Great Alaska Aviation Gathering moving to Palmer

New for 2021, the Great Alaska Aviation Gathering will move to the Alaska State Fairgrounds in Palmer, Alaska, and to the second weekend in May. Specifically May 8-9 this year. Palmer is a bit more than 40 miles northeast of Anchorage on Highway 1.

For more than two decades, the Alaska Airmen’s Association has hosted the Great Alaska Aviation Gathering on the first weekend in May each year in the cavernous FedEx Maintenance Hangar at Anchorage International Airport (PANC). 

The Gathering is moving from the only home it has known inside the FedEx Maintenance Hangar at ANC to the State Fairgrounds in Palmer, Alaska.

“While the Gathering won’t be on an airport,” said Airmen’s Executive Director Abby Austin, “the Palmer Airport is just one mile away. We will have shuttle buses and if the weather is good, it is easily walkable. We are also planning for a bit more airplane action than was possible at ANC. Those details are still in the works.”

The fairground’s exhibit hall has enough room for 115 indoor vendor spaces, plus there will also be room in the Craig Tayler Hall, a covered open-air shelter. A variety of food trucks will be onsite as well, and since it is a permanent fairgrounds, flush toilets will take the place of porta-potties.

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