Saturday, July 23, 2022

 Fowlerville Family Fair returns this week for its 136th annual run

The Fowlerville Family Fair returns this week for its 136th annual run, starting Monday, July 25 continuing thru Saturday, July 30.

Monday, July 25 is ‘Family Kick-Off’ Day at the fair with free gate admission.

The Fair Queen Contest, the Homemaker of the Year Contest, the announcement of the Citizen of the Year, and a talk on bees and honey are taking place at the Finlan Gazebo, with activities starting at 2 p.m.

Youth Show judging starts with the poultry show at 1 p.m. and then the goat show at 3 p.m., followed by demonstrations-public speaking at 4 p.m. at the Green Church. Starting at 7 p.m. will be the Non-Animal Achievent Program at the Livestock Arena.

Harness Racing is the featured Grandstand entertainment. Post time for the Colt Stakes is at 6 p.m. Tickets are $5 each with children age 4 and under admitted free. A number of ‘fun’ activities and numerous prize giveaways are planned to go along with the races.

Tuesday, July 26, offers a variety of activities for fair-goers to enjoy. Youth Show judging resumes with shows for sheep, rabbits, horses, and dogs. There is also open class judging that day for sheep

The midway, operated by Skerbeck Entertainment Group, opens at 1 p.m., with a $30 armband offered for unlimited rides that day.

Grandstand entertainment this evening is the T-n-T Demolition Derby Bump & Run at 8 p.m. Admission to the show is $10 with children 4 and under admitted free.

Wednesday, July 27, is Kids Day at the fair. Children ages 12 and under will be admitted free from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Activities for the younger set begin at 10 a.m. at the Finlan Gazebo with T-shirt Tie Dying, Woodworking Kits, and other Giveaways. At 11 a.m. the Michigan Pedal Pullers Competition gets underway for kids ages 3-10 in front of the fair office.

The carnival opens at 1 p.m. with an $25 armband available. At 11 a.m.

Youth Show judging that day includes the beef and feeder show, along with pocket pets, companion pets, and a reptile show. Later on, the Sheep Costume Contest takes place at 6 p.m. in the Livestock Arena.

The T-n-T Demolition Derby Figure 8 Races return to the Grandstand at 8 p.m. Admission is $10 per person with kids 4 and under free.

Thursday, July 28, promises something for all ages. A Mini-Horse Pull is scheduled for 10 a.m. in the infield in front of the Grandstand, followed by a Pony Pull at noon, and the State Heavyweight Championship Draft Horse Pull at 2 p.m. Admission is free for all three of these events.

Youth Show judging takes place that day for swine and dairy cattle, with open class dairy also on tab. A Rail & Showmanship Clinic is schedule at 8 a.m. in the Horse Areana, while the 4-H Showmanship Sweepstakes is taking place at 4 p.m. at the Livestock Arena.

The midway opens at 1 p.m., with a $30 armband offered for unlimited rides that day.

The Grandstand show that evening is Micro Wrestling, starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15, with limited ringside seating available at $20. Children age 4 and under are admitted free.

Friday, July 29, starts off with the Ventra Community Spelling Bee for 5th thru 8th graders, beginning at 10 a.m. in the Green Methodist Church in the Historical Village. The event is sponsored by Ventra of Fowlerville.

Youth Show activities include the Gymkhana Horse Show and the judging of cats in the morning, followed by the Market Large Animal Auction at 2 pm. in the livestock arena.

The carnival opens at 1 p.m. with a $30 armband offered.

The evening entertainment will be the Broken Horn Rodeo at 7 p.m. in front of the Grandstand. Admission is $15, with children 4 and under admitted free. There will be eight different competitions, including bull riding, bareback bronc and saddle bronc riding, and barrel racing.

Saturday, July 30, is Service Day at the fair. Free gate admission for Veterans, Active Military Personnel, and First Responders (with proof of status) will be offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A special program is planned at the Finlan Gazebo, starting at 10 a.m.

The Youth Show Still-Life Auction is set for 10a.m. in the livestock arena, followed by the Youth Show Market Small Animal Auction at 1 p.m.

Also starting at 1 p.m. is the final day of the midway, with $30 armbands offered.

The Grandstand entertainment will be an evening of country music. Kari Holmes, a local singer, starts off at 6 p.m., with John Michael Montgomery taking the stage around 7 p.m. Tickets are available online at:

Another attraction at the fair is the Livingston Centre Historic Village. Volunteers will be on duty during the week to offer tours of the different buildings, dating back to the 1800’s, and explain their unique background.

Livingston County Farm Bureau, meanwhile, is hosting a ‘Farm at the Fair’ Exhibit located in the south end of the Dairy Barn during the week. Fair visitors will learn about Michigan agriculture when they see small-scale fields of corn, soybeans, wheat, oats and sugar beets. Also featured on the Farm are other famous Michigan crops like potatoes, cucumbers, apples, pumpkins, and bedding plants. Interesting farm facts are part of each display.

Although not a Michigan grown crop, a special exhibit traces cotton from the field to your t-shirt. Cows, pigs, sheep, goats, donkeys, rabbits and a horse are also part of the Farm exhibit. Children will be able to pet the calf and touch the goats.

Still another feature is the Bee Exhibit, providing information on the importance of bees to agricultural production. New this year will be a dairy-themed Story Walk about the making of ice cream.

The Wood Carver is another highlight of the fair, with Ben Risney creating his unique sculptures with a chain saw. He’ll be doing his work each day at a site located near the west entrance of the fairgrounds. On the final day—Saturday at 6 p.m.—his wood sulptures will be put up for bid. Part of the proceeds from the sale of these works of art will go to the Fowlerville Family Fair.

New this year will be ‘Rufus the Dufus’ (aka Chuck Clark), a strolling circus performer. He’ll be wandering around the midway during fair week, entertaining young and old with his various skills. These include juggling, riding a unicycle, magic tricks, object manipulation, and balancing acts, with a dose of humor interjected.

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