132nd Clare County Fair

July 23, 2015

The Midway is just one of the many things to enjoy at the Clare County Fair.

The Midway is just one of the many things to enjoy at the Clare County Fair.

By Pat Maurer
Review Correspondent

Cotton Candy, Hot dogs, Elephant Ears and French fries with vinegar make up some of the “tastes” of the county fair, while the sounds of youngsters on a thrilling ride or laughing their way through a fun house maze are a big part of traditional summer ‘fun at the fair’ in northern Michigan.
For the 132nd year, the Clare County Fair will bring visitors from all over to the little town of Harrison for a week loaded with exhibits, fun and entertainment. The annual County Fair, certainly one of the very oldest fairs in the state, begins this year on August 2nd and runs through August 8th.
This year’s fair will offer a little of everything for the whole family, from harness racing, midway rides, 4-H livestock shows and agricultural exhibits, to grandstand shows and much, much more!
The Clare County Fair Board said they are pleased to announce that the Skerbeck Brothers Shows will be once again be providing the midway for the 2011 Clare County Fair. The Skerbeck website says, “Our family has been in the outdoor entertainment business for more than 160 years! Here is the number one lesson from SIX generations of Skerbeck Family show owners: Pay attention to the needs of the customer!  Why?  Because we exist to provide family oriented fun!”
In addition to a midway full of rides and games, many grandstand events are planned and in addition, another long-time fair attraction, “Circus Pages” will have two free shows daily including Earhart’s “Globe of Death” with “All the splendor and glamour of international circus stars, exotic animals and heart pounding daredevil action!”
Daily Grandstand events this year will include the Thurston’s Gospel Sing at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 2nd; a Country Music Concert by Chase Rice with an opening by Carter Winter at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, August 3rd; the USA Demolition Derby and Figure 8 Race at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 4th; a Truck and Tractor Pull at 7 p.m. on Wednesday; a Motocross by SJO Productions at 7 p.m. on Thursday; the Concerned Racers Mud Bog on Friday at 7 p.m.; and the Super Kicker Rodeo – with Bulls and, Barrels, and more at 7 p.m. on Saturday, August 8th.
Add to all that the traditional competitions for the best of the best, with dog obedience, small animals, sheep, swine, youth beef showmanship, saddle horse competition, giant draft horses in classes and the traditional award given to “Homemaker of the Year.”
Monday will be “Witbeck’s Day” with ride specials beginning at 5 p.m.; 9 a.m. Judging of Youth & open Rabbit & Cavy Classes & Showmanship and Judging of Youth Swine Market Classes. At 10 a.m. it is Judging Draft Horse Halter Classes; at 1 p.m. Judging of Youth Sheep Market Classes.
The Midway opens at 4 p.m. Monday.
Tuesday, August 4 is “Kid’s Day” at the Fair with ride specials and a bicycle drawing sign up at 2 and drawing at 5 p.m. The bicycles are donated by Witbeck’s and winners must be present.
Wednesday is “SpartanNash Day” with coupons for ride specials, Judging of Youth Swine Showmanship, Youth Saddle Horses and Judging of Youth & Open Dairy & Meat Goat Classes & Showmanship all at 9 a.m.; Harness Racing at 11 a.m.;; Judging of Youth Sheep Showmanship and Youth Sheep Lead Class at 1 p.m.; Draft Horse Hitch Classes for all breeds at 3 p.m. after Harness Racing; ad Judging Open Class Swine, Sheep, Beef & Dairy Feeders at 5 p.m.
Thursday, August 4 will be traditional “Kid’s Day” with another Bicycle Drawing sign up at 2 p.m. and drawing (must be present) at 5 p.m. The bikes to be awarded are donated by Stephenson Wyman Funeral home. Thursday is also the Judging of Youth Saddle Horses at 9 a.m. and the Small Animal Awards at 11 a.m. Harness Racing also begins at 11 and the overall Small Animal Auction begins at noon. The Youth Livestock Auction will be held at 5 p.m.
Friday, August 7 is Chemical Bank Day. The Overall Large Animal and Overall Small Animal Showmanship contests both begin at 9 a.m. and the Presentation of Horse Trophies and Prizes is set for 1 p.m.
Saturday is Farm Youth Day with ride specials for youth exhibitors (presale) when the midway opens at noon and the release of livestock exhibits at 10 p.m.
For tickets, or more information visit the website at www.clarecountyfair.org or call the fair offices 989-539-9011.
“It’s going to be a very good year,” Fair Board President Lamar Gunden said.

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