Arenac County Fair to kick off July 30

Kevin Bunch
Lynn Garber of Owosso is the first person out to pull a 6,000-pound sled during the tractor pull at the 2012 Arenac County Fair.

            STANDISH — The annual Arenac County Fair will be running from July 30 through August 3 this year with the theme of “Country Pride, Countywide,” and Fair Manager Melanie Sobieray said there will be a few changes from last year.

            “We have an Elvis tribute artist coming in, and that’s sponsored by Globe Fire Sprinkler, on July 31st,” she said. “And we have a new midway, which is from D & R Shows.”

            The new rides will also open earlier in the day, at noon, rather than 2 p.m. as they did last year. Sobieray said they will be open all day until 11 p.m. Popular attractions are also returning from last year, she said.

            “Thursday, August 1 is our thumb tractor pulls,” Sobieray said. “Friday, August 2, is our 4-H FFA livestock sale, and Saturday, August 3 at noon, we’re having garden tractor pulls and at 6:30 p.m. is our bump and grind.”

            Garden tractors are distinct from thumb tractors in that they are larger and more powerful, she said. The band Point Blank will also be playing at the fairgrounds pavilion Aug. 3 around 9 p.m., Sobieray said, while the popular 4-H chicken barbecue is schedule for Thursday, Aug. 1 at 4 p.m.

            The county fair will also be holding its annual senior citizens day on July 31 starting at 10 a.m., when seniors 60 years and older pay only $1 to enter, Sobieray said. The standard admission rate for the duration of the fair is $2 for adults, $1 for kids 6-18 years old, and free to kids 5 and under. Tuesday, July 30 will also see free admission, Sobieray said, as the rides do not open until 6 p.m. that day.

            A full schedule for the fair can be found at its website,, Sobieray said.

            Sobieray said the fair’s continued existence this year is owed to the excellent community support the fair board received at its New Year’s Eve fundraiser party Dec. 31, which raised about $15,000. The fair board also received a “generous donation” from Globe Fire Sprinkler, she said.

            Despite the county fair’s reputation of always attracting rainy weather, Sobieray said she would not speculate on how it would turn out this year.

            “I never guess. Hopefully it’s good, but we’ll just keep our fingers crossed and pray for good weather,” she said.


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