Thursday, August 26, 2010

Hey, Ho! Come to the Fair!

HANCOCK -- The Houghton County Fair opens at 3 p.m. TODAY, Thursday, Aug. 26, at the Fairgrounds and Houghton County Arena in Hancock.

It's always fun to hear the roosters welcoming visitors to the Fair! Here are some blue-ribbon winners from last year's Houghton County Fair. (2009 Video clip by Keweenaw Now)

Today, Thursday, Aug. 26, events include the Kenya Safari Acrobats at 5 p.m. on the Midway, the Open Horse Show -- Speed at 5 p.m. in the Horse Arena and the Miss Houghton County Queen Pageant at 6:30 p.m.

In addition, a Poultry / Rabbit Show will be held at 6 p.m. in the Small Animal Barn. Exhibit Buildings are open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. today, Thursday.

On Friday, Aug. 27, events and exhibits begin at 9 a.m. and continue through 10 p.m. Highlights include a Senior Citizens' Day Program from noon to 4 p.m. in the Indoor Arena; Swine, Market Steer, Dairy and Beef shows at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon, respectively, in the Livestock Pavilion; Equine Freestyle Demonstration at 1 p.m. in the Horse Arena; Kivijat Dancers at 1:30 p.m. and the Country Drifters at 2:15 p.m. on the Indoor Stage; the Horse Jumping Show at 5 p.m. in the Horse Arena; and the Farm Tractor Pull at 7 p.m. in the Main Event Arena.

On Saturday, Aug. 28, exhibits open at 11:30 a.m., but come early to see the Livestock skill-a-thon at 9 a.m., the Youth Horse Show at 10 a.m. and the Celebrity Horseshow Pitching Tournament at 11 a.m.

Saturday is Kids' Fun Day in the Exhibit Building, starting at noon. A Youth Talent Show will take place at 1 p.m., followed by the Kenya Safari Acrobats at 1:30 on the Indoor Stage. The Acrobats perform several times during the day.* Tom Katalin will also perform at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. on the Indoor Stage.

For a real Fair experience, don't miss the Draft Horse Pull at 3 p.m. in the Main Arena and the Livestock Auction at 4:30 p.m. at the Livestock Pavilion.

On Friday and Saturday, Exhibit Buildings close at 1o p.m. but the Midway entertainment remains open.

On Sunday, Aug. 29, the Open Horse Show begins at 9 a.m. with the Draft Horse Show running between breaks and at about 10 a.m. Exhibit buildings are open from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. A highlight event Sunday is the Demolition Derby Car/Minivans at 2 p.m. in the Main Event arena.

*See the complete Schedule on the County Fair Web site.

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