Entry Day at the Oceana County Fair.

August 22, 2017

Abagail and Alexander Hicks get a piggyback ride on their pig, Jackal.

Entry Day at the Oceana County Fair.




By Allison Scarbrough. Editor.

HART — The 146th Annual Oceana County Fair kicked off Tuesday, Aug. 22, with Entry Day.

Children and teenagers involved in 4-H got their animals settled in the barns for the five-day event. The kids have been working hard all year taking care of their animals to showcase them at the fair.

“I like playing with all of the animals,” said Alexander Hicks, 9, of Hart. Alexander and his sister, Abagail, 11, were showing their 261-pound pig, Jackal. This is the second year the siblings have participated in the fair.

“I like playing in the mud pits,” said Abagail. The pair said they hope to continue participating in the fair into their high school years. They have seven pigs total on their farm, Alexander said.

The Oceana County Fair is the second-longest running fair in Michigan, drawing approximately 25,000 fair goers every year, said Oceana County Fair Board President Clancy Aerts.

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.

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

Vendors selling traditional fair food favorites, such as elephant ears, cotton candy and corn dogs, are located throughout the grounds.

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.

This year’s fair offers harness horse racing Wednesday and Thursday at 1 p.m. in the grandstand, and admission is free.

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.

The fairgrounds are located at the corner of Polk Road and State Street in Hart.

For more information, visit www.oceanacountyfair.org.

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