Activities begin this week at Fowlerville Family Fair
By Steve Horton
While the offical start of the Fowlerville Family Fair is Monday, July 26, activities begin later this week.
On Thursday, July 22, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., most of the Adult Open Class Exhibits will be brought to the Grandstand where they’ll be judged. On Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., baking entries get their turn, while on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon, floriculture entries have been scheduled for judging.
The wide assortment of exhibits range from canned food to samples of field crops and from photography to needlepoint. They’ll be on display in the booths under the Grandstand during fair week.
Next Saturday, July 24, the Youth Show & Peewee Still Exhibits will be brought to the fairgrounds for judging. These entries will be on display at the 4-H Building during fair week.
Sunday, July 25, will be a busy day on the grounds with various livestock arriving. The only exception are the pigs, which check in on Tuesday.
The fair kicks off the following day with several Youth Shows, including those for horses, poultry, and goats.
Two other main events will be the Kick-off Program that starts at 3 p.m. in the Finlan Gazebo. This program features the Fair Queen Contest, the Homemaker of the Year Contest, the Citizen of the Year announcement, and a demonstration on goats and goat milk skincare products by Andrew Goodwin of Alpine Crossing Farm.
At 6 p.m. the Harness Races begin in front of the Grandstand. Two-year-old and three-year-old colts and fillies will compete in trots and paces, with around $60,000 in purse money being awarded during the meet. There’ll also be a Mini-Pony Race and a Kentucky Derby-style Hat Contest. Grandstand admission to the races is $5, with children 4 and under free.
With the carnival not starting until Tuesday afternoon, general admission to the grounds on Monday will be free. “This is our way of saying thanks to our patrons for their support during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said fair officials.
For the Daily Program, along with articles on the various shows and events occurring at the fair, see the Special Fowlerville Family Fair Section inside this issue.