Annual Manistee County Fair

August 21-25, 2018

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The Manistee County Fair welcomes you on August 21-25! Located at the Onekama Fairgrounds along Portage Lake on M-22, the fair offers rides, food, entertainment, and 4-H exhibitions.

With fun offered on the midway, grandstand shows, and even car races, the Manistee County Fair has something for everyone! The Merchant Building is open from 12-10pm daily.

Entrance to the grounds is $3 for ages 6 and up and free for kids 5 and under. Season passes are $10.

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Here's what happened at the 2017 Manistee County Fair. Details for 2018 will be posted as they become available:

Tuesday, August 22nd

Show Day- Free Admission
8am - Swine Judging
8:30am-1pm - Open Class Judging, Pavilion & 4-H Exhibits
2pm - Sheep Judging
4pm - Cattle Judging
6pm - Goat Judging


Wednesday, August 23rd

Community Bargain Day- $5 Admission and Grandstands
8am - Rabbit Judging
1pm - Poultry/Bird Judging
2-10pm - Schmidt Amusements Open (All Day Wristbands: $5)
5pm - Manistee's Got Talent
6-8pm - Live Music with Pineapple Psycholigy in the Grandstand (free w/ gate admission)
8-10pm - LIve Music with Duke & the Studebakers ini the Grandstand (free w/ gate admission)

Thursday, August 24th

Community Bargain Day- $5 Admission and Grandstands
1-10pm - Schmidt Amusements Open (All Day Wristbands: $18; Buy 2, Get 1 Free)
1:30pm - Pie Baking Contest
5:30pm - 4-H Small & Large Animal Auction
7pm - Horse Pull in the Grandstand (free w/ gate admission)


Friday, August 25th

10am - Photo Opportunity Day, Photos Taken by Manistee News Advocate
11:30am - 4-H Showmanship Sweepstakes Event
1-11pm - Schmidt Amusements Open (All Day Wristbands: $18, Midnight Special from 7-11pm: Wristbands $10)
6pm - 4-H Companion Animal Interviews
6pm - Grandstand Opens: Stock Car Pre-qualifiers and hot laps
8pm - Stock Car Racing Begins w/ Great Lakes Super Sprints (Adults: $12, Kids 6-12: $7, Kids 5 and under: Free, Pit Pass: $30)

Saturday, August 26th

Kids Day- Free Bikes to be given away, drawing starts at 3pm. (Registration all week long at the Old Heifer Booth in the Merchant Building)
12-11pm - Schmidt Amusements Open (All Day Wristbands: $18, 12-5pm: $12)
2-6pm - Free Face Painting and other kids activities
4-6pm - Free kids entertainment on the Midway
7pm - TNT Demolition Derby Bump and Run in the Grandstand (Adults: $12, Kids 6-12: $5, Kids 5 and under: Free, PITS: $40 for driver/$20 for all others)

For more information, call (231) 889-5566, e-mail, or visit

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Ludington Activities & Things to Do -- Play on a beautiful beach, take a tour at Historic White Pine Village, or explore the barn quilt trail, murals or sculptures in the county--Ludington offers many fun things to do for the entire family!
Have Fun in Manistee, Michigan -- Explore Manistee's historic downtown district and riverwalk, hike the Manistee National Forest, canoe on the Manistee River, and more.
Hamlin Lake -- Just 4 miles north of Ludington, Hamlin Lake is a great destination for boating, fishing and climbing dunes! The Hamlin Lake shoreline is also part of the Ludington State Park.
Silver Lake Sand Dunes -- Visiting the Silver Lake Sand Dunes makes for a terrific vacation because you can take your off-road vehicle for a spin on the scenic sand dunes overlooking Lake Michigan and Silver Lake.
Things to Do in Pentwater, Michigan -- Nothing is quite like the quaint, artsy, harbortown village of Pentwater. Don't miss the popular Charles Mears State Park beach on Pentwater's Lake Michigan shoreline.
Lots of Activities in Scottville, Michigan -- Explore the Riverside Park along the National Scenic Pere Marquette River.
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