Another year, another successful County Fair

August 3, 2017

A little rain and its time to take cover.

A little rain and its time to take cover.

By Steve Landon

On Sunday afternoon an eerie silence fell upon The Clare County fairgrounds. Beyond a lone man searching for lost treasures with his metal detector and a few old snack wrappers rustling in the wind not much was happening. Hard to believe the place had been filled with laughter and screams of joy the previous week as thousands packed the grounds for the 134th Annual Clare County Fair. Almost as fast as it began the popular old fair came to a close as the last ride shutdown late Saturday night leaving behind only memories in the wake of fading lights.

Comfortable temperatures in the mid 80’s, a slight breeze and sunny skies throughout much of week helped make this years fair a hit with both visitors and participants. The only blemish on an otherwise perfect week came late Wednesday afternoon and evening when heavy rain and thundershowers rolled through the area. In the animal barns kids and adults once again worked long hours seeing to it their fury and feathered friends had a relaxing stay, during a very competitive week in the show arena.

Competition from two other area fairs and a festival had little effect on attendance, in fact the main parking area and infield parking in front of the grandstand was filled to capacity almost every night.

A great selection of unique and traditional rides for all ages kept the midway buzzing with activity. Grandstand events featuring a concert by Granger Smith, Harness Racing, a Figure 8 Demolition Derby, Motocross Racing, Monster Truck Shootout, Mud Bog and the ever popular Super Kicker Rodeo were all well attended.

Sadly this year’s fair is just a memory, however in less a year the bright lights will flash and rides will return for the 135th Clare County Fair set for July 23 – 28 2018.

Today exhausted parents and fair volunteers are getting some well-deserved rest. The once bustling grounds are quiet and waiting for next year. In the weeks ahead barns will become homes to boats and RV’s stored for the winter while back in the fair office officials will be hard at work making plans for 2018. Before long 4-H clubs will be meeting, working with their animals and on home arts projects in hopes of bringing home a coveted blue ribbon. Before you know fair time will be here again.

To learn more about the Clare County Fair visit their website or contact them at 418 Fairlane St, Harrison, MI 48625 – PH; (989) 539-9011.

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