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Barry County Fair attracting crowds

Tauson Wandell holds on tight to his sheep during the showmanship contest Monday night.

Events continue through Saturday night


Julie Makarewicz

Contributing Writer

There's still plenty of time to take in the rides, games, activities and shows at the 167th annual Barry County Fair.

Fair board president Dennis Redman said the week had a great start, and he hopes it continues.

"It's been wonderful," he said. "It's really going well, and we've had good crowds here so far."

The fair continues through Saturday night with a host of activities planned every day.

The dairy and dairy feeder show Thursday will be followed by the small animal auction starting at 5:30 p.m. In the community tent, the Ladies Day Program starts at 10 a.m., and the team competition will be in full swing in the horse arena at 6 p.m.

Thursday night, the grandstand will host the Michigan Truck and Tractor Pulls starting at 7 p.m. Grandstand admission is $10 per person.

Friday's main attraction is the large animal sale starting at 9 a.m. in the show arena. 4-Hers, who have worked for months preparing their animals for the fair, will sell their lambs, hogs and steers.

A candlelight walk will cast a warm glow in the Master Garden near the Expo Building, beginning at dusk.

The Friday night attraction in the grandstand is the Unique Motor Sports Demolition Derby starting at 7 p.m. Admission is $10 per person.

The final day of the fair will feature the Show of Champions, where the best showmen from 11 different species on the fairgrounds compete for the supreme showman title. Following the show of champions will be the fun livestock fashion show at 3 p.m. in the show arena. Rabbits, horses, chickens, goats and sheep will be dressed up in fun costumes with their owners.

Barrel racing for 4-H members and adults will begin at noon in the horse arena.

The Saturday night event in the grandstand is the Michigan State Fair Super Cross at 7 p.m.

The midway rides and games also will be open each day. On Thursday and Friday, the rides will open at 3 p.m. and Saturday at noon. Wristbands for unlimited rides are available.

Visitors may check out the demonstration gardens at any time and visit MSU Master Gardeners who are ready to answer questions.

The antique tractor area includes a variety of machines and equipment, along with occasional demonstrations and nightly parades.

The Miracle of Birth tent can live up to its name at any given time. Cattle and pigs are expected to arrive this week, along with the ducklings, chicks and goat kids already there.

Farmer John’s Barnyard Express, Chase’s Racing Pigs, Animal Oasis, chainsaw carving, evening tractor parade, and horse-drawn wagon rides are among the free daily activities, weather providing.



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