ONTONAGON - The Ontonagon County Fair kicks off this weekend with animal exhibits, old-fashioned kids games and horse games, which is making an appearance after a brief hiatus.
Today, from 4 to 7 p.m., early registration will take place, said Gale Kocher, president of the Ontonagon County Fair Board.
Friday, the fair in Greenland opens at 9 a.m. with final exhibit registration and judging at noon.
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A llama is seen at the Ontonagon County Fair last year in Greenland. This year’s fair begins at 9 a.m. Friday.
"We're celebrating our 40th anniversary this year," Kocher said.
In honor of the anniversary, special awards will be given this year, followed by ice cream and cake.
Also Friday, hot laps at Adventure Mountain will begin at 7:30 p.m. and stock car races, part of Plutchak Auto Parts Night at the track, will be at 8 p.m.
"Stock car races are very popular," she said.
Saturday's events kick off with a pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. in the chalet at the fair. At 8 a.m., motocross registration begins followed by an outback walk and run at 9 a.m. Also at 9, the exhibit buildings open and livestock, rabbit and poultry judging will take place at 10 a.m. At the same time at the fairgrounds, motocross practice will begin and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., old-fashioned kids games will take place.
"We're not big enough to have a carnival, so we have old-fashioned games," she said. "The kids seem to like it and adults like it because it doesn't cost an arm and a leg."
The games include the likes of egg tosses to three-legged races, she said. There will be ring tosses for prizes and a scavenger hunt, as well.
Actual motocross races will begin at noon and at 12:01 p.m., beer and wine judging will take place.
"We have a lot of entries for homemade beers and wines," Kocher said. "That's been very popular. Everyone wants to be a judge, but we have a select panel of judges."
New this year is geocaching at the fairgrounds, put together by one of the 4-H clubs. The group has been busy stashing items for the geocaching.
At 6 p.m., there will be the 4-H Kids Mock Rodeo, which Kocher said is very popular.
"We've done this the last two years," she said. "We'll be doing chicken or goat herding. There are stick pony races."
Throughout the weekend, ongoing events include the antique engine and tractor show with exhibits and demonstrations, concessions, vendors, displays of artists and crafts and live music at the gazebo.
"There will be folk musicians that play on Saturday," she said. "We have an accordion player on Sunday."
Sunday's events include the horse games at 10 a.m., which were a staple at the fair for many years and are returning this year after an absence. Exhibits open at 10 a.m. and there will be a 4-H petting zoo at noon.
"I have an incubator full of chicken eggs," she said. "Unfortunately, they are starting to hatch early. I have two chicks in there already."
Admission is $5 for ages 18 and older, $3 for kids 6 to 17 years of age and kids younger than 6 are free. Sunday is Senior Day and admission is $3 for those 60 years and older.