Marquette County Fair set for Aug. 10-13

The Zipper is one of many rides available for fair goers to enjoy during the annual Marquette County Fair. The Marquette County Fair is set for Aug. 10-13. (Journal file photo)

MARQUETTE — The Marquette County Fair is set for Aug. 10-13.

Across the nation, fairs celebrate summer’s bounty, highlight agricultural skills past and present, and provide communities with wholesome entertainment and live music.

The Marquette County Fair is a self-funded event, receiving no financial support from the county. It relies on volunteers who work year-round to ensure a great event each August.

Community sponsors help keep prices affordable and provide awards for winning entries, according to a press release from the Marquette County Fair Board. Fairground improvements for 2017 include the relocation of the horse arena to be nearer to the barns, making it easier for fairgoers to view the many equine events, and addition to the livestock barn.

The fair is again hosting the Spectrum Carnival, and several new food booths have been added.

The fair opens at noon Thursday, Aug. 10, with the first 200 children and the first 200 active/retired military personnel with valid ID entering the fair for free.

Carnival rides are only $1.25 on opening day.

An Antique Car Show and Firemen’s Tournament are part of the opening day schedule, with the East Side Ramblers performing in the gazebo at 7 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 11 through Sunday, Aug. 13, the fair opens at 10 a.m., with the first 200 children getting in for free. Carnival wristbands are $25 on Friday and Saturday and $20 on Sunday.

Horse events start at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11, with Go-Kart races at 5:30 p.m. and Chasin’ Steel providing music at 7 p.m.

On Saturday, Aug. 12, the youth livestock auction begins at noon, horse show jumping and Go-Kart races at 3 p.m. and a fun new event, Lawn Mower Racing, at 7 p.m.

Trailer Hitch will be performing in the gazebo at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Sunday is Senior Citizen Day, with the first 100 seniors being admitted for free. After that entry for seniors is only $1.

Horses at Liberty will be at 1 p.m., karaoke is from 1-4 p.m. at the gazebo and Go-Kart races are at 2 p.m.

Daily ongoing events include Nick’s Kids Shows, magic acts, 4-H activities, American Legion Bingo, Whispering Pines Petting Zoo, Walk on Water, and Ta-Da Robots.

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