PELKIE - Baraga County Fair organizers are gearing up to offer another year of country-style family fun at their Pelkie fairgrounds this weekend.
With dairy and beef livestock, hogs, chickens and a wide array of other animals filling several barns, along with horse and dog shows to entertain fairgoers, there will be plenty to do during the annual three-day fair.
"It's historically been an agricultural-type fair and we in the fair board prefer to keep it that way," said Dave Hoskins, who has been president of the fair board for at least 10 years and actively involved with the fair for close to 30 years. "But we try to have something for everyone."
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Jordyn Karvonen-Clemo, then-5, holds a kitten at the Baraga County Fair in Pelkie in 2011. The 2012 Baraga County Fair features farm animals, horse and dog shows, a mud bog, an ATV challenge, inflatable games for children, several band performances, food and a fireworks show Friday through Sunday.
While the animals take center stage, the fair will also feature a mud bog, demolition derby and ATV challenge, plus inflatable games for children, a Miss Teen Pageant, several band performances, a fireworks show put on by Morin Fireworks and, of course, plenty of food for a weekend's worth of fun.
A weekend pass is $4 per day Friday to Sunday for adults, $3 a day for kids 7-11 and free for kids 6 and younger.
"There will be entertainment through the whole weekend. Anyone looking for an old-fashioned country-type fair, this is the place to come," Hoskins said. "It really hasn't changed a whole lot, but it should be a good time for everybody. It's a labor of love for everybody organizing it."
The schedule of events is as follows:
11 a.m. Junior Horse Show; food concessions, exhibit hall, petting zoo and small animal barns open
11 a.m.-2 p.m. Senior Day Program (performance hall) with Country Drifters
1 p.m. Bounce house opens
2:30 p.m. Dolcie Webb and Chris Wahmhoff (performance hall)
3 p.m. Junior Class ATV Challenge
4 p.m. Talent portion of Miss Teen Pageant (performance hall)
6:30 p.m. Special awards (performance hall)
6:45 p.m. Bake goods and ugly purse auction (performance hall)
7:45 p.m. Miss Teen crowning (performance hall) and ATV Challenge
7-10 a.m. French toast and Pannukakku breakfast by Mission United Lutheran Church of Pelkie (community hall)
8 a.m. Open Horse Show
9:30 a.m. Livestock judging begins
10 a.m. Food concessions, bounce house area, exhibit hall, petting zoo, small animal barns and kids' trout pond opens
11 a.m. Chicken barbecue by Pelkie Fire Department; Mud Bog registration and inspection (through 1 p.m.); End Times (performance hall)
12:30 p.m. JT Stafford Illusion Show (performance hall)
2 p.m. Mud Bog; Jackie Jahfetson (performance hall)
3 p.m. Market steer, lamb and hog auction; Bob and Ray Aho (performance hall)
4-6 p.m. Greenstone (performance hall)
6 p.m. Pony pull
7 p.m. The KBQ (performance hall)
Dusk Fireworks by Morin Fireworks
8-10 a.m. Pancake breakfast sponsored by Baraga County Fair Board
10 a.m. Open Fun Horse Show; Dog Show registration; food concessions, bounce house area, exhibit hall, petting zoo and small animal barns open; Demolition Derby registration and inspection (through 1 p.m.)
11 a.m. Dave Cladas (performance hall)
Noon Dog Show and Dave Morehouse (performance hall)
1 p.m. Demolition Derby
2 p.m. Large Horse Pull; Melody Best (performance hall)
4 p.m. Fair exhibits released
For more information on the fair, including a full downloadable version of the fair guide, with event registration forms, visit baragacountyfair.com.