August 22, 2017

Hometown Heroes being celebrated at this year’s fair

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STANDISH — Heroes of all sorts are being honored during this year’s Arenac County Fair Aug. 1-5, with the Hometown Heroes theme extending into multiple areas.

“It’s not just servicemen and women,” said fair Manager Melanie Sobieray. “They are included, for sure, but it can be fire departments, businesses or a person who went above and beyond. For businesses, for example, Globe (Fire Sprinkler) would be a huge hero for us because they donate a lot of money to the fair.”

Daily announcements will be made recognizing local heroes, and posters hanging in the different exhibit barns will acknowledge them as well, Sobieray said.

Throughout the week, events will be available to patrons during the days and nights, Sobieray said. One of the highlights is expected to be Saturday night’s bump and run, which is being organized by TNT Demolition Derby Michigan. It is the circuit’s midseason championship, so Sobieray expects a large turnout of competing cars. She said this is the second time TNT has worked with the fair board.

“They did a really good show at Motors ’n’ Mud in May,” she said. “This should be even bigger and better.”

The bump and run will be held in the grandstands, which will host events every evening Tuesday through Thursday. Grandstand events include lawnmower and go-kart races Tuesday, tractor pulls Wednesday, the 4-H livestock auction Thursday and mud bogs Friday.

Bands will play in the fair beer tent Friday and Saturday nights, with Strike Three and Omer City Limits featured, respectively.

Tuesday there is free admission all day at the fair. Wednesday is Senior Citizens Day with $1 admission for people 60 or older, and Saturday is Kids Day, which features free rides from 1-3 p.m. sponsored by Daniels Septic Service and Meihls Mechanical.

The first 100 children at the fair on Kids Day will also receive free hot dogs, fries and drinks, Sobieray said.

More information on the fair is available in the fair premium book, and on the Arenac County Fair Facebook page. People can also contact the fair office at 989-846-4461 for additional information.

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Bombastic247

I commend them for supporting "hometown heroes" but, I'm sorry, they jumped the shark when they omitted Donald Benjamin, in the manner they did. I'll admit, he's a friend. But, man, that was shady business and, now, they're celebrating "hometown heroes," while leaving out the one guy who has been putting the hometown on the map. He just opened for Joe Diffie and has a new song hitting radio. That's a lot of press the fair could have capitalized on. I'm not from the area, but I spend ample time there. The situation was wrong. Just wrong.

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