Fair remains committed to its community

Linda Gallagher, Contributing Writer

Courtesy photo

With a focus on family, youth and tradition, many of the Antrim County Fair's longtime events, such as the swine competition (shown here) will once again be held during this year's fair, scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 8 through Saturday, Aug. 10 at the Antrim County Fairgrounds east of Craven Park in Bellaire. 


BELLAIRE – Since the Antrim County Fair began 39 years ago, there's been a few changes. 

But one thing has always remained a constant – it has always been about family, the local Antrim County community and the people who live there.

This year's fair, scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 8 through Saturday, Aug. 10, will be another example of that growing tradition.

"We're looking forward to a good fair," said fair board president Mike Sizen. "Once again, it will be a very family-oriented event with a focus on our youth, 4-H, agriculture, community and local businesses."

As mentioned, the fair also focuses on tradition, with many of the individual events – such as the horse show, livestock auction and horse pull – having been held for many years, Sizen noted.

"As usual, along with the market and showmanship competitions for swine, cows, poultry, sheep and other animals, the exhibition barn will be full of homemade crafts, foods, photos and art. Additionally, the small animal barn will house the many ducks, chickens, turkeys, rabbits and other small animals that participate in the fair activities," he added.

The popular Sixth Annual 5K Fun Run and Walk, with a course meandering through the picturesque Cedar River Natural Area, will kick off bright and early Saturday morning, with all proceeds benefiting future fairs.

Returning to the fair on Saturday evening will be the popular Restaurant Cook-Off, with chefs from area restaurants in competition with one another, the always popular Ice Cream Social on Thursday afternoon, Veterans Tribute at noon on Friday, and Movie Night – with a special showing of "Trolls" – at dusk on Saturday evening.

Also planned for a return this year is the Animal Obstacle Course competition on Saturday afternoon, which was canceled last year due to the summer heat.

Presentations and special events will be held throughout the three days of the fair, Sizen said.

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