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Welcome to the Iron County Fair

The 2018 Iron County Fair raffle quilt was made by, from left, Avie Powell, Carol Erickson and Anncille Engel, and quilted by Karla Menucci. The quilt is in honor of Jean Lindbeck, the deceased sister of the three women who made the quilt. Raffle tickets are $5 each or $20 for five and are available from any Fair Board member, including from Fair Manager Carrie Nelson at Top O’ Michigan Insurance on Genesee Street. The drawing will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 12, in the grandstand.

IRON RIVER—Now in its 127th year, the Iron County Fair offers fun for young children, senior citizens and everybody in between.  
    This year’s fair runs from Aug. 8 to 12 at the Iron County Fairgrounds. Some old favorites are returning to the annual slate of events to form a sure-to-be-enjoyed county fair for all comers.
    “There is a good energy this year,” said Iron County Fair Manager Carrie Nelson. “We’ve got a lot of improvements coming, and that helps everybody think we’re doing well, that we’re working together. We have a good group, and that makes a big difference.”
    The fair begins at noon on Wednesday, Aug. 8, for entry day and stays open until 7 p.m.
    Thursday, Aug. 9
    Senior Day follows on Thursday, including a senior lunch from noon to 3 p.m. in the bandstand.
    Also going on all day are the 4-H open class exhibit judging and an arts and crafts sale.
    The Horse Fun Night begins at 4 p.m. in the horse arena, while the coin scramble is scheduled for the rotunda at 5:30 p.m.
    The Miss Iron County competition begins at 7 p.m. in the rotunda.
    Live music will also be held on Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m.
    Friday, Aug. 10
    Livestock judging starts at 9 a.m. with market livestock judging kicking off at 1. The market livestock auction moves to Friday this year and begins at 6 p.m. in the rotunda.
    New this year will be a cornhole tournament, scheduled for Friday in the grandstand area. Registration will begin at 6 p.m. Two-person teams will vie for payouts of $400 for first, $300 for second
 and $200 for third.
    Saturday, Aug. 11
    Saturday begins with speed events in the Horse Arena at 9 a.m. while Down on the Farm begins at 11 a.m. in the rotunda.
    One of the crowd favorites, the Kiddie Demo, returns this summer. The event, which starts at 2 p.m. in the rotunda, puts kids in power-wheel vehicles. Ages allowed in the demo this year have changed. This time, kids from ages 3 to 7 can participate in the event.
    Cost to enter this year is $5 per child. There will be a special treat for the winners this year.
    “We’re going to let them go and drive the vehicles out in the arena at the beginning of the regular demo,” Nelson said. “Just let them take a little cruise out there.”
    Saturday evening is highlighted by the always popular Demolition Derby, which gets revved up at 6 p.m. in the grandstand. The demo will be put on this year by the West Iron Fire Department.
    Live music between 6 and 9 p.m. will conclude the day.
    Sunday, Aug. 12
    Sunday starts with a loggers/farmers’ breakfast beginning at 7 a.m. in the bandstand. The performance show in the horse arena gets underway at 9 a.m. while rabbit showmanship starts at 10 in the rotunda.
    The Logging Expo also returns this year, starting at noon.
    “They’re going to auction off some loads of wood, and they’re going to do some competitions,” Nelson said.
    Backseat Driving/Horsing Around is back again, beginning at 1 p.m. in the rotunda. A tricycle race in the rotunda begins at 2 p.m.
    Soundz of Time will entertain fairgoers with live music from 2 to 5 p.m. while the Iron County Fair Raffle will be held in the grandstand beginning at 3.
    Exhibits and livestock will be released at 5 p.m.
    The Miss Iron County Queen Contest is back, and this year organizers are excited that there are nine contestants competing for the title.
    Prices for parking, admission and the demolition derby have not changed. Seasonal parking costs $5, with a walk-in admission of $1. Demo derby admission is $8 for adults and $6 for children.
    Earl’s Rides of Weyauwega, Wis. is back as the carnival provider.