SANDS - Pleasant weather Saturday brought large crowds to the Marquette County Fair, which continues today at the fairgrounds in Sands Township.
Last year's fair drew a record number of people, and this year's is on pace to see similar numbers.
"This year's fair so far has been going off wonderfully," fair board President James Goriesky said. "We're looking at about the same numbers as last year ... so we're on track for a great thing."
Kids enjoy the swing ride at the carnival portion of the Marquette County Fair at the fairgrounds in Sands Township on Saturday afternoon. (Journal photo by Zach Jay)
Rheah Payne, 5, of Ishpeming, pets a goat at the fair, which continues today. (Journal photo by Zach Jay)
Big crowds and high attendance means the annual fair and the fairgrounds will only get better, Goriesky said.
"Last year our total numbers were right around 10,000, and actually I think we were more like 13,000 at the end of last year," Goriesky said. "We're tracking about the same number of people coming through the gates (this year), which is great because everything that we make from ticket sales and everything else goes right back into the fairgrounds - either through capital improvements, or building a better show for next year, or being able to do improvements."
Goriesky said some of the improvements made to the fairgrounds this past year include upgrading the speaker system for the auction and widening the "food alley," enabling better access to the fair's vendors.
10 a.m. - Fair open to public
Noon - Dog Show
1 p.m. - Antique Fun Tractor Pull
1 to 4 p.m. - Flat Broke Blues Band at the Gazebo
1 p.m. - Go-kart races
5:15 p.m. - Release of Exhibits
The fair's continued success and rising attendance numbers have a lot to do with its more popular events and attractions, such as the carnival and the livestock auction, when people bid on steers, hogs, lambs, chickens, turkeys and even rabbits.
"The auction just now was a record auction," Goriesky vsaid. "It was the best auction we've had, as far as numbers and prices that the animals got. ... If anybody hasn't been at the auction, it does get pretty fun, it gets pretty intense. We have a lot of fun doing it."
Besides the animal displays, carnival and vendors, other offerings at the fair today, including a dog show, antique tractor pull and the Flat Broke Blues Band playing music at the gazebo. The fair opens at 10 this morning and runs until about 5 p.m.
Zach Jay can be reached 906-486-4401. His email address is email@example.com