2010-08-16 / Front Page

Sanilac County 4-H Fair to open Aug. 22


SANDUSKY — The annual summer event that many locals await all year is finally coming to town.

The Sanilac County 4-H Fair will bring family, fur and feathers together this Sunday, Aug. 22 through Saturday, Aug. 28.

Sunday, Aug. 22 will feature free admission at the fair. Other Sunday events include the Auction in the Expo Center beginning with the introduction of the Cloverbud Court at 2 p.m.; crowning of 4-H King, Queen and Court at 6:30 p.m.; announcement of the Sanilac County Bean Queen at 6:30 p.m.; and Gospel Sing at 7 p.m.

The fair kicks off each year with a Gospel Sing on Sunday evening. This year will feature Mark and Andrea Forester of Burton, who are in the gospel-music ministry full-time and travel across the United States holding more than 180 meetings annually.

On Monday, Aug. 23, noise will fill the fairgrounds with the Thumb Tractor Pulling Association's Tractor Pull, sponsored by Tri-County Equipment. The schedule, which was split into two events this year, will begin at 3 p.m. with the 6000 Farm Tractors and 6000 Street Legal Pickups, followed by the local truck and tractor classes and professional super stock classes at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 24 is Senior Citizens Day, with a $5 entry fee for those age 62 and older before 3 p.m. The Talent Contest gets underway in the Championship Barn at 4:30 p.m. The Sanilac County Homemaker Presentation will be made at 6 p.m.

The Bear Bottom Moto-Cross will rev up at 7 p.m. The event, a mix between outdoor motocross and indoor supercross racing with both motocross bikes and quads, will feature fast-paced races with machine sizes ranging from 50ccs to 500ccs. Entrants include both beginner and pro-am racers ranging from ages 4 to 70. The event is sponsored by Waste Management and Tubb Brothers.

On Wednesday, Aug. 25, senior citizens also will receive entry for $5 before 3 p.m. That evening, the Bump-N-Run will return at 7 p.m. after its debut last year. Crowds will enjoy watching 4- to 6-cyclinder cars racing around an autocross track, bumping and running from the rest of the cars to finish the race first. It is sponsored by First Michigan Bank and Lois and Co. Embroidery.

Thursday, Aug. 6 is Kids Fun Day with $5 admission for ages 0-6 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Dog Demonstration will be held in front of the grandstands at noon. Registration and $1 entry for the Pedal Tractor Pull for ages 4-12 will begin 1 p.m., followed by the event at 2 p.m. The opening of the Small Animal Silent Auction will start at 6 p.m. in the Poultry Barn.

That night at 7 p.m. the Figure 8 Derby will test racers’ competitive driving skills on 15 laps of dual-oval track racing with near misses and hits. The derby is sponsored by Liberty Lanes and Exchange State Bank.

On Friday, Aug. 27, the 4-H and FFA Small Animal and Livestock Sale in the Livestock Arena will get underway at 11 a.m., as well as the Draft Horse Show in the Horse Arena. The Small Animal Silent Auction will close at 6 p.m. in the Poultry Barn

The Flying Star Rodeo will thrill fair-goers starting at 7 p.m. The nationally sanctioned rodeo will feature cowboys and cowgirls competing in bull riding, saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, team roping, calf roping and barrel racing. The rodeo is sponsored by Eastern Michigan Bank and DTE Energy.

Saturday, Aug. 28 will be the last day of the fair. The Open Class Horse Show will begin at 9 a.m. in Horse Arena, followed by the Small Animal and Large Animal Sweepstakes at 10 a.m. That evening, the Demolition Derby will offer smashing, crashing thrills at 7 p.m. The derby is annually presented by the Sandusky Lions Club.

The Community Tent will offer daily activities Monday through Saturday from 1-7 p.m. Fantzia Circus Shows will be held throughout the day Monday through Saturday.

Gate admission is pay-one-price Monday through Saturday for ages 2 and over for $12 per person which includes gate admission, parking, grandstand admission and all carnival rides for that day. The carnival opens each day at 1 p.m.

Admission will be charged starting 11 a.m. Monday and at 8 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday. All attendants will be allowed to leave and come back later that day by getting their hand stamped by the gate admission attendant.

More info can be gathered at www.sanilac4hfair.com.

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