The fair is coming: Country star, monster trucks, animals and more
Em-Char county fair (Graphic: Renee Tanner / August 13, 2013)
The fair officially begins on Saturday, Aug. 17, with 4-H competitions, with the carnival opening on Tuesday.
“We planned for two years, working with local radio stations and production companies, trying to pick the right artist for a family-oriented show. If the ticket pre-sales are any indication, Justin Moore was a good pick. I expect this show will sell out,” Agnes Shaw, Emmet-Charlevoix County Fair manager said.
Another musical highlight of the fair is Boyne River Remedy at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 21. The high-energy, positive show will benefit Brother Dan’s Food Pantry.
“It is part of our mission to give back to the local community. We use local booster groups to take tickets at the gate, for example, so that they can raise funds,” Shaw said.
The fair has been located on the Emmet County Fairgrounds property at 1129 Charlevoix Ave. in Petoskey for more than 100 years. It started before 1905 as the Emmet County Agricultural Society, according to Shaw.
“The fair is an agricultural showcase for the public,” Shaw said. “Originally farmers brought the best of what they had for the public to see.”
True to its origins, this year’s fair will feature more than 500 animals from gerbils and mice to hogs, horses and llamas.
There will be monster truck demonstrations, horse pulls, daily kids’ shows, a dog agility show, a carnival, as well as displays of and prizes for local talents in photography, antiques, knitting, sewing, crocheting, baking, flower-arranging and gardening.
Here is a rundown of the fair’s activities.
On Monday, Aug. 19, a 4-H horse show at 11 a.m., an open class swine show at 4 p.m., a 4-H market livestock swine show at 6 p.m., and 4-H horse jumping at 7 p.m. are featured.
Carnival rides open 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 20, and at noon every other day. Nick’s Kids’ Show runs three to four times daily, Tuesday-Saturday, Aug. 21-24. The Community Center, featuring music and displays, is open 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.
On Tuesday, senior citizens and handi-capable citizens receive free gate admission. At 11 a.m., 4-H horse fitting and showing and western classes are featured. The open pony pull starts at noon, followed by the open mule pull at 2:30 p.m. Country band, Second Time Around, performs in the Community Building from 3-6 p.m. At 4 p.m. 4-H members show their open class lambs, followed at 7 p.m. by the 4-H horse speed show. Also at 7 p.m. is the karaoke preliminary round.
On Wednesday, the 4-H small critter show begins at 9 a.m., followed at 11 a.m. by the 4-H reining horse show.
At noon, on Wednesday, the fair goes to the dogs with an agility show. At 1 p.m. is the goat show, immediately followed by the exotic animal show. At 3 p.m. the open beef and dairy show begins. At 4 p.m. the 4-H market livestock dairy feeder begins, followed at 6 p.m. by the 4-H livestock beef show.
The Highland Dancers perform in the Community Center on the Nick’s Kids’ stage at 6 p.m. on Wednesday. Positive musical group, Boyne River Remedy gives a benefit concert for Brother Dan’s Food Pantry at 7 p.m. in the grandstand. Once in a Blue Moon, a narrated tour of sunset and moonrise by Dark Sky Park program director Mary Stewart Adams, will celebrate the wonder of rhythm found in the natural world at 8 p.m.
The 4-H poultry show begins at 9 a.m. on Thursday, followed by the waterfowl show at 11 a.m. and the market livestock show at 3 p.m. Headliner, country artist, Justin Moore performs in the grandstand at 7 p.m.
On Friday, Aug. 23, all carnival rides are a dollar all day. The 4-H dressage class and 4-H trail classes start at 11 a.m. on Friday. Autocross racing is featured at 7 p.m.
The Monster Truck Shootout is featured in the grandstand at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24.
On Sunday, Aug. 25, the fair wraps up with carnival rides from noon-6 p.m.
Daily fair gate admission is $5 for those 13 and older. Grandstand events prices vary.
For further information go to www.emmet.county.org/fair/, or call (231) 347-1010.