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Colony Days 2023

"Celebrating Summer"

Celebrate summer, Palmer-style! Colony Days is a summer favorite for locals and visitors alike, filled with fun for everyone!

Entertain yourself with fun activities for the whole family. We'll be hosting 5k runs, comical bed races, kids' carnivals and other fun events! Peruse the farmer's market, where you'll find a great variety of food, and the finest locally made Alaskan crafts. And definitely don't miss our Colony Days Parade!


Vendor applications for this year's Colony Days celebrations will be available to returning vendors on February 1st. Applications will be available to the public on February 15th.

June 9th-11th 2023

Colony Days Event Forms

Colony Days is a time for fun, family and celebration. Below are some of the many events in which you can participate, open to everyone!

Simply click the button to apply, and get yourself involved in the Colony Days excitement!

All of these events can earn you great prizes!

Special Events Form

Are you hosting an event during Colony Days weekend? Click the button below and fill out the form to be added to official schedule of events!

Colony Days Parade

Let's have a parade! The Colony Days Parade, powered by MEA will take place Saturday, June 10th, at 11am in Downtown Palmer! This year's theme is "Celebrating Summer", so be sure to come out and show off your amazing float! Or, find a great spot and to view the Parade, and enjoy!

Bed Races

A time-honored tradition! Gather your team of five and enter the weekend's most comical race. Teams will push a bed with one rider down the track, stopping at different pit stops for their rider to accomplish zany tasks as quickly as possible to get back on the road! Hilarity ensues.



Harvest Olympics

A relay race to find the halest harvester in our hometown!

The Harvest Olympics is a relay race consisting of farm-themed events, the fastest harvesters will claim the prize! Bonus time deductions for costumes! Get a team of four and get harvesting!

Any additional questions can be directed to our office at 907-745-2880, or by email at

Cornhole Tourney

Bring your dynamic duo down to the Museum lawn to determine Palmer's cornhole champion!

Rhubarb Revival

If baking is your vibe, get ready to celebrate rhubarb and whip up your finest rhubarb-themed dish!

Colony Days 2022 Contest Results

Check here to see the results of your favorite contests! From Parade Winners to Bed Race Winners!

Colony Days Parade Winners

Overall 1st Place | Antique Power Club

Overall 2nd Place | 203 Kombucha

Overall 3rd Place | Alaska Line Builders, LLC

Theme: "Fields of Fun" Category Winner | Vintage Sleds of Mat-Su

"Business/Community Service Group" Category Winner | Tracy's Treasures

"Family/Friends" Category Winner | Gray Owl Farm

"Children/School Group" Category Winner | All About Dance/Rock On Cloggers

"Pets/Animals" Category Winner | Jonathan's Reptiles

Political: Alaskans for Shelley Hughes


Bed Races

Results TBD

Rhubarb Revival

• Other Category •

1st Place | Denise Nelson

2nd Place | Samantha Jordan

 • Jams and Jellies •

1st Place | Mari Jordan

• Baked Goods •


1st Place | Dana Cruz

• Children's Category •

1st Place | Mari Jordan

Car Rally

• Mayor’s Choice •

Peter Morgan

1951 Chevy Coupe Deluxe

• People’s Choice •

Tom Spoth

1967 Volkswagen Bus

My Favorite Cornhole Tourney

Results TBD