County fair kicks off Tuesday.

August 21, 2017

County fair kicks off Tuesday.


By Allison Scarbrough. Editor.

HART — The 146th Annual Oceana County Fair, which is the second-longest running fair in Michigan, is set for Tuesday, Aug. 22, through Saturday, Aug. 26, at the Oceana County Fairgrounds.

The event draws approximately 25,000 fair goers every year, said Oceana County Fair Board President Clancy Aerts. The fair’s history dates back to 1871.

The longest-running fair in Michigan is the Lenawee County Fair in Adrian, which just had its 178th annual event this summer at the end of July.

A company new to the Oceana County Fair, Unique Motor Sports Inc., will host the demolition derby and auto cross event Saturday night in the grandstand. Unique is the same company that brought the demolition derby to the Mason County Fair in Ludington in July, said Oceana County Fair Board President Clancy Aerts.

This year’s fair will also offer two days, instead of one day, of harness horse racing Wednesday and Thursday at 1 p.m. The races take place in the grandstand, and admission is free.

Elliott’s Amusements will provide the rides and midway, which opens Tuesday at 5 p.m. Tuesday is also Entry Day, which starts at 9 a.m. Oceana Has Talent begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the grandstand.

The midway opens Wednesday at 2 p.m. Farm Workers’ Appreciation Night begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the grandstand. Wednesday is also Senior Citizens’ Day, and seniors over age 60 are admitted for $1 until 6 p.m.

Thursday the midway opens at 2 p.m. The Oceana 4-H Ambassadors will be presented Thursday at 6:45 p.m. in the grandstand, followed by the 4-H Market Livestock Auction at 7 p.m.

Friday is Youth Day, and the midway opens at 1 p.m. Check out Heavyweight Horse Pulling Friday at 2 p.m. in the grandstand. Local farmers compete in tractor pulling in the grandstand Friday at 7 p.m.

On Saturday, watch the autocross and demolition derby in the grandstand at 8 p.m. Adult admission is $10, and children 12 and under are $5. Ticket sales begin at 5:30 p.m. The Garden Tractor Pull begins at noon Saturday in the grandstand, and admission is free.

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