Thursday, August 27, 2015

Hey, Ho! Come to the Fair: Aug. 27-30 at Hancock Fairgrounds

The 2015 Houghton County Fair opens at 3 p.m. TODAY, Thursday, Aug. 27. Kids of all ages enjoy the rides on the Midway. (Keweenaw Now file photos)

HANCOCK -- It's time for the Houghton County Fair! The 64th Annual Houghton County Fair begins today, Thursday, Aug. 27, and continues through Sunday, Aug. 30, at the Fairgrounds in Hancock. Bring the whole family to enjoy the entertainment, exhibits, livestock shows, horse shows, 4-H competitions, rides on the Midway and more.
Here are some highlights you won't want to miss:

Daily on the Ball Field: Whispering Pines Mobile Zoo and Antique Tractor / Implement Show.

Visitors enjoy feeding zoo animals at the 2014 Fair.

Checking out one of the tractors is a regular Fair visitor ...

Thursday, Aug. 27:

3 p.m. -- Exhibit Buildings open; Cirque Amongus (Ice Arena). Please note that Live Poultry and Waterfowl exhibits and shows are cancelled this year. 

3:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. -- Great Lakes Timber Show (Midway)

4:15 p.m., 6:15 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. -- Marvelous Mutts (Midway)

5 p.m. -- Open Horse Show -- Speed (Horse Arena)

Action at the Horse Arena during a previous Houghton County Fair. Don't miss the Open Horse Show at 5 p.m. today, Thursday. (Keweenaw Now video)

6:30 p.m. -- Miss Houghton County Queen Pageant (Indoor Stage)

7 p.m. -- Motocross (Main Event Arena)

8 p.m. -- Brett and Frisk Music (Indoor Stage)

Friday, Aug. 28:

Judge at the Sheep and Goat Show, right, (2014 Fair) offers comments to competitors.

At the Livestock Pavilion:
9 a.m. -- Swine Show; 11 a.m. -- Market Steer Show; Noon -- Dairy and Beef Show; 3 p.m. -- Sheep and Goat Show followed by Camelid Show (Alpaca and Llama)

11 a.m. -- Exhibit Buildings open

4-H Exhibits are an important part of the Fair. 

Noon: Carnival and Midway opens

Noon - 4 p.m. -- Senior Citizens' Day Program (Age 55 and over free lunch) -- entertainment, prize drawings (Indoor Arena)

12:15 p.m. -- Ruth E. Best Homemaker of the Year and Open Class Exhibit Awards (Indoor Stage)

Our regular Fair visitor checks out the prize-winning veggies in the Exhibit Hall.

2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m. -- Great Lakes Timber Show (Midway)

3 p.m. -- Rolling Thunder Music (Indoor Arena)

3 p.m., 5 p.m., 7 p.m. -- Marvelous Mutts (Midway)

3 p.m., 8:30 p.m. -- Cirque Amongus (Arena) Rolling Thunder Music (Indoor Arena)

5 p.m. -- Horse Jumping Show (Horse Arena)

6 p.m. -- Farm Tractor Pull (Main Event Arena)

The Farm Tractor Pull is a friendly competition.

7 p.m. -- Tom Katalin Music (Indoor Stage)

8 p.m. -- Off-Road Derby (Main Event Arena)

Saturday and Sunday will offer most of the above events plus the following highlights:

Saturday, Aug. 29: Livestock Skill-a-thon, Cowboy Challenge, Kids' Fun Day, Educational Beekeeping Demonstration, Youth Talent Show, Monster Trucks, more. Click here for the detailed schedule. Scroll to p. 4.

Sunday, Aug. 30: Youth Horse Show, Horseshoe Pitching Tournament, Demolition Derby, more. Click here for the detailed schedule. Scroll to p. 4.

Note: Exhibits close at 10 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and at 5 p.m. on Sunday. Spectrum Entertainment Carnival and Midway remain open later.

Click here for admission prices, etc.  For more info on the Fair click here.

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