December 13, 2019

Arenac County to celebrate 128th fair


STANDISH — The Arenac County Fair is scheduled to kick off next Tuesday, bringing the community together once again for another week of community spirit and celebration.

“I think it’s important for the community,” fair board President Kimberly Karpinski said. “There’s a lot of legacy here.”

Events will begin Tuesday, July 30, and run through Saturday, Aug. 3, and the theme this year is “Pirates of the Fairibbean,” she said.

A blood drive is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday and Karpinski said she hopes to see people signup since it is an opportunity to give back.

“And we give a free (daily) pass to those who donate for later in the week,” she said. “If they come to donate and can’t, we still give them a free pass.”

Also on Tuesday will be a mud bog, watermelon eating contest, selection and crowning of the junior and senior fair queens and more.

Wednesday is senior citizen day and anyone 60-years or older will be admitted to the fair for $1.

The tractor and truck pull is also scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Karpinski said agriculture will be the focus Thursday, when the 4-H and FFA members will have their livestock sale, which has a long history in the community.

Kids raise their own animals for the auction and get 100 percent of the proceeds, which often go toward college, school expenses or their next project, she said.

“What they learn here, they take those skills with them out in the real world,” Karpinski added.

Friday will feature the Youth Gymkhana Horse Show at 11 a.m., a chicken dinner beginning at 4:30 p.m and two bands, Steve Armstrong and the 25 Cent Beer Band and Jedi Mind Trip, in the grandstands at 9 p.m.

Wrapping up events Saturday is the mud volleyball, an open pleasure horse show, a children’s tractor pull, a pizza eating contest and more.

Saturday is also Kids Day and children ride free from 1-3 p.m. thanks to the support of two local businesses.

In the evening, the fair will host its bump and run in the grandstands, which Karpinski said is always a big hit, and a live concert featuring the band Strike Three for 9 p.m. in the pavilion.

Other than a week packed full of events, the fair offers the chance to celebrate 128 years of history, fair board Secretary Karie Rossen-Cohee said.

“For me it’s important because my grandfather (August Moll) was the head of the fair board when I was a little girl,” Rosen-Cohee said. “It’s important to keep traditions going.”

While the fair has been around since 1890, Karpinski said there was only one year in that time frame when there was not a fair scheduled.

“We did not have a fair during World War II,” she said.

Karpinski said she expects around 10,000 people to attend the fair every year, both out-of-area visitors and locals.

For more information, follow the Arenac County Fair on Facebook.


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