Manistee County Fair kicks off Tuesday and runs through Saturday

Nicholas Deleon is pictured racing in the recent Mason County Fair. The Onekama teenager is expected to race in Tuesday’s Manistee County Fair motocross event. (Courtesy photo/Sherry Revolt)

Some might say this year’s Manistee County Fair will offer a little something for everyone. They’d be wrong. The truth is, this year’s fair will offer a LOT of something for everyone.

The 125th fair will begin Tuesday morning and run through Saturday night at the fairgrounds in Onekama. From the day-to-day friendly 4-H competitions, to the thrills and chills delivered by the midway, to the nightly grandstand shows and more, the fair promises to be a lot of fun for young and old, alike.

TUESDAY

The fair kicks off first thing Tuesday morning with 4-H exhibit and swine judging.

From 1-3 p.m., face painting will be offered for free in the Honor Bank tent, and the midway carnival will open at 3 p.m..

From 4-7 p.m., the renowned PACO quick draw sketch artist will be on site, followed by the 4-H beef, dairy and swine judging at 5 p.m.

At 5:30 p.m. a 4-H youth live performance will be held at the Honor Bank tent.

The main attraction grandstand event featuring motocross racing will begin at 7 p.m.

WEDNESDAY

Officially recognized as both “Senior Day” and “Veterans Day,” the day kicks off early with 4-H rabbit judging, followed in the early afternoon with poultry/bird judging.

Kids games will be played from 1-3 p.m. at the Honor Bank tent, and the carnival will open at 3 p.m.

The Eileen Hawkins Polka and Varity Band will perform in the Honor Bank tent from 4-6 p.m., followed by the 4-H meat/dairy goat judging that will be held at 6 p.m.

The day’s grandstand event will feature an off-road demo scramble and burnout contest, and will begin at 7 p.m.

THURSDAY

Recognized as 4-H Appreciation Day, a pie baking contest will be featured from 9 a.m. to noon in the main fair building.

The Schmidt Amusements midway carnival will open at 3 p.m. and the annual 4-H large and small animal auction will begin at 5 p.m.

Karaoke finals will be held from 4-7 p.m. in the Honor Bank tent.

The night’s grandstand event featuring the Great Lakes Timber Show will begin at 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY

The midway carnival will open at 1 p.m..

From 4-6 p.m. the Sub-Prime Blues Band will perform in the Honor Bank tent.

The night’s grandstand event featuring a 4X4 off-road rock crawl will begin at 7 p.m.

SATURDAY

The midway carnival will open at noon, and, at the same time, a Pinewood Derby will be held in the merchant building.

Kids games will be played from 1-3 p.m. in the Honor Bank tent, and, a chicken chuckin’ contest will be held at 3 p.m. at the merchant building. Dynamite the Clown will also appear.

Lee Malone and Snuggles the Magician will appear at the Honor Bank tent from 4-6 p.m..

The night’s grandstand event will begin at 7 p.m. and feature “A Night of Destruction” figure-8 demo and demolition derby.

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