Arenac County Fair fundraiser result ‘better than expected’


STANDISH — The Arenac County Fair’s New Year’s Eve fundraiser brought in a profit of about $15,000, more than the organizers expected.

“We were hoping for $12,000,” County Fair Manager Melanie Sobieray said. “We’ve only heard positive feedback on everything. People seemed to have a good time, and a lot of people were there. We sold all 250 tickets.”

If the fair board had failed to raise enough money, Sobieray said the fair would have likely been canceled for the year while they tried to raise the funds to run it in 2014. Since they came in above expectations, she said they were going forward with their plans for the year.

The 2013 fair will take place from July 30-Aug. 3, and Sobieray said they have tentative plans for an Elvis impersonator to come by Wednesday, a tractor pull Thursday, the livestock sale Friday, and the bump and grind on Saturday. There are also plans being made to include a lawnmower pull on Saturday’s schedule.

“Our theme this year is country pride, countywide,” she said. “The Elvis impersonator, we’re looking at (doing that) as a free event for the whole county as a way of saying thank you for all their support.”

D and R Shows will be providing the midway this year, Sobieray said. The company is also doing the midway for county fairs in Bay, Alcona, and Gladwin, and she said they have a few different pieces of equipment than previous years.

“The rides are very colorful,” she said.

Sobieray said the fair board is still looking into other fundraisers and raffles they could use to keep the fair’s finances healthy going forward, including holding another New Year’s Eve event.


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