Thursday, August 22, 2013

Houghton County Fair 2013 is underway -- Aug. 22-25

Kids enjoy the "Super Slide," one of the favorite rides at the Houghton County Fair. (2012 photo by Keweenaw Now)

HANCOCK -- The 62nd Annual Houghton County Fair is underway today, Thursday, Aug. 22, and continues through Sunday, Aug. 25, at the Fairgrounds in Hancock. This year's theme is "The Country Life."

These 2012 prize-winning guinea hens invite everyone to "Come to the Fair!" (Video by Keweenaw Now)

To get to the fairgrounds take US 41 to Hancock, turn north on Ethel and west on Ingot OR M203 west to Birch, and proceed north on Birch.*

Tonight, Thursday, the Miss Houghton County Queen Pageant will take place at 6:30 p.m. on the indoor stage. Afterwards, don't miss the Caboodlestoppers show at 8 p.m. and the Great American Duck Races at 8:30 p.m. TONIGHT -- both on the Midway. Exhibit buildings are open until 10 p.m.

Friday is Senior Citizens' Day, and a program for seniors age 55 and over will include a free lunch, entertainment, and prize drawings from noon to 4 p.m. at the Indoor Arena. Also the Ruth E. Best Homemaker of the Year (FCE) and Open Class Exhibits Awards will be at 12:15 p.m. on the Indoor Stage.

Exhibit for Carol Kreher, winner of the 2012 Homemaker of the Year award. (Photo by Keweenaw Now)

Other highlights for Friday are the Dairy and Beef Show at noon in the Livestock Pavilion, the Equine Freestyle Demonstration by Copper Country Horse Riders at 1 p.m. in the Horse Arena, the Sheep and Goat Show at 3 p.m. in the Livestock Pavilion, the Horse Jumping Show at 5 p.m. in the Horse Arena and the Farm Tractor Pull at 6 p.m. in the Main Event Arena.

Cindy and Gary Miller of Pelkie show off daughter Katie's steer during the 2012 Houghton County Fair. (Photo by Keweenaw Now)

On Saturday, don't miss the Youth Talent Show at 12:30 p.m. on the Indoor Stage, Ward’s Local Logging Competition in the Main Event Arena at 1 p.m., Tom Katalin's Music at 5 p.m. on the Indoor Stage and more.*

Finally, on Sunday, at 9 a.m. an Open Horse Show will take place in the Horse Arena; at 1 p.m. Music on the Indoor Stage will be Wolf Gang Old Rock and Roll and Old Country; and the Main Event Arena will be the scene of the Demolition Derby at 2 p.m.

Rides for all ages are provided this year by TJ Schmidt and Co. Amusements. (2012 photo by Keweenaw Now)*

Entertainment is included with Admission, except Carnival Rides. Rides and the Midway open at noon on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

*Click here to see the online Fair brochure listing fees, Carnival Ride Specials, map and (scroll to page 2) the complete schedule.

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