Fair begins Tuesday.

August 9, 2021

Fair begins Tuesday.

By Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief.

PERE MARQUETTE TOWNSHIP — It’s fair week! The Western Michigan Fair begins Tuesday, Aug. 10 and continues through Saturday, Aug. 14. Unlike most major events, the fair was not cancelled in 2020, but was scaled back to just livestock competitions and the auction. This year’s fair will include all the traditional events.

While the fair officially kicks off Tuesday, some events are scheduled for today. The horse show began at 9 a.m. A sheep show is scheduled for 3 p.m. and a goat show is scheduled for 5 p.m. Admission to those events are free. 

The remainder of the fair schedule is as follows: 

Tuesday, Aug. 10: Dollar Day, fair entrance is $1 per person. Rides from 3 to 11 p.m. are one ticket each. Tickets are $1 each; a wristband is available for unlimited rides, 3 to 11 p.m., $25. 

  • 9 a.m., swine show
  • 1 p.m., exhibit buildings open
  • 3 p.m., midway opens
  • 3 to 4 p.m., Mason County 4-H in Hayloft Entertainment Tent.
  • 4 to 8 p.m., celebration of Smokey the Bear’s birthday, including cupcakes, Hayloft Entertainment Tent. 
  • 5 p.m., West Shore Bank Buck Night
  • 7 p.m., Truck and Tractor Pull, grandstand, $10 per person, $14 per person in the pit
  • 10 p.m., musical fireworks, grandstand, free admission

Wednesday, Aug. 11, Kids’ Day, fair entrance is $3 per person; children ages 5 and younger are free. 

  • 9 a.m., beef show
  • Noon, midway opens
  • Noon to 4 p.m., Win with Wellness in Hayloft Entertainment Tent.
  • 3 p.m., rabbit show
  • 5 p.m., backpack and bike giveaway, Hayloft Entertainment Tent
  • 5:30 p.m., Western Michigan Fair Homemaker of the Year announced.
  • 6 p.m., Cooper & Sons pedal pull, free for kids
  • 7 p.m. Western Michigan Old Engine Club Garden Tractor Pull, grandstand, free

Thursday, Aug. 12, Heroes’ Celebration Day, fair entrance is $3 per person; children ages 5 and younger are free. All veterans and senior citizens admitted free.

  • 9 a.m., poultry show
  • Noon to 2 p.m., Special Kids Day (by invitation only through West Shore Educational Service District). 
  • 1 p.m., exhibit buildings open
  • 3 p.m., midway opens
  • 3 to 11 p.m., Read for Rides (kids who qualified through Mason County District Library).
  • 3 to 4 p.m., Mason County 4-H in Hayloft Entertainment Tent.
  • 4 to 8 p.m., Ludington Hobbies in Hayloft Entertainment Tent.
  • 7 p.m., TNT Vehicle Barrel Racing, grandstand, $10 per person, $20 per person in pit. 

Friday, Aug. 13, Fantastic Friday

  • 10 a.m., dairy show
  • 10 a.m., horse fun games
  • Noon, exhibit buildings open
  • 3 p.m., midway opens
  • 7 p.m., SJO Super Cross, grandstand, $10 per person, $14 per person in pit

Saturday, Aug. 14, Fair Finale

  • 8:30 a.m., Stampede 5K Fun Run/Walk
  • 9 a.m., Barn Brawl Wrestling Tournament
  • 11 a.m., West Michigan Livestock Council Animal Auction
  • Noon, exhibit buildings open, midway opens
  • 3 p.m, Mason County Farm Bureau Hay Bale Toss Contest
  • 6:30 p.m., Unique Motor Sports Demolition Derby, grandstand, $15 per person, $20 per person in pit. 

Continuous free events: 

Chase’s Racing Pigs, Wednesday, Thursday, Frida

Pirates of the Caribbean Areal High Wire Thrill Show

The Western Michigan Fair takes place at the Mason County Fairgrounds, located on US 10 between Pere Marquette Highway and Meyers Road. 

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