PELKIE - Baraga County Fair organizers said nice weather over the weekend helped make the event a success.
"I don't know the numbers yet, but it seemed like it was a good turnout all three days," fair board President Dave Hoskins said Sunday evening after the three-day event came to a close. "We've had fantastic weather the last 10 years at least, and haven't had to worry about rain. It was an enjoyable weekend."
Attendance has traditionally been slow Friday until the evening, and that held true again this year. But once Friday night's Miss Teen competition took the stage - Andrea Haagsma of Pelkie won Miss Teen honors - and Saturday rolled around with its wide variety of festivities, people packed the fairgrounds in Pelkie.
Martti Juntunen drives his truck through the mud during the mud bog at the Baraga County Fair on Saturday. (Houghton Daily Mining Gazette photo by Stephen Anderson)
Mud bogs, horse shows and magicians were just a few events offered, as well as the animal barns, inflatable games for the kids and the smorgasbord of food.
"That's the secret to the fair, having many things going on at once, something for everyone. ... Everybody I talked to was real happy with how all the events ran,"Hoskins said.
While Baraga County fairgoers won't find the carnival rides that are a staple at many larger fairs, Hoskins and many of the attendees agreed the country atmosphere is fitting.
"The animals (are my favorite part)," said L'Anse resident Betty Linneman, who has attended the fair each of her 10 years in the Copper Country.
"I lived on a farm for many years and we raised all these," added Linneman, who attended the fair with her 5-year-old granddaughter Zoie Cribbs.
Cribbs was clear about her favorite part: "Bunnies. The baby bunnies."