PELKIE - Baraga County Fair organizers won't know the exact attendance and revenue from this year's fair until their next fair board meeting, but with nice weather all weekend, early indications point to a success.
"I don't know the numbers yet, but it seemed like it was a good turnout all three days," fair board president Dave Hoskins said Sunday evening after the three-day event came to a close. "We've had fantastic weather the last 10 years at least, and haven't had to worry about rain. It was an enjoyable weekend."
Attendance has traditionally been slow Friday until the evening, and that held true again this year, but once Friday night's Miss Teen competition took the stage - Andrea Haagsma of Pelkie won Miss Teen honors - and Saturday rolled around with its wide variety of festivities, people packed the fairgrounds in Pelkie.
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Martti Juntunen drives his truck through the mud during the mud bog at the Baraga County Fair Saturday. For more photos, view page C1 and visit cu.mininggazette.com.
Mud bogs, horse shows and magicians were just a few events pulling people different directions between their time checking out the animal barns, inflatable games for the kids and the smorgasbord of food.
"That's the secret to the fair, having many things going on at once, something for everyone. ... Everybody I talked to was real happy with how all the events ran," said Hoskins, who added the only glitch was a horse that got out of its stall midway through Saturday night's fireworks show.
The show finished up Sunday night, and the fireworks will now permanently be moved to Sunday night, after the animals are all taken home.
"That'll eliminate all those challenges. (Morin Fireworks) puts on a fantastic show," Hoskins said.
While Baraga County fairgoers won't find the carnival rides that are a staple at many larger fairs, Hoskins and many of the attendees agreed the country atmosphere is unique and fitting.
"The animals (are my favorite part)," said L'Anse resident Betty Linneman, who has attended the fair each of her 10 years in the Copper Country.
"I lived on a farm for many years and we raised all these," added Linneman, who attended the fair with her 5-year-old granddaughter Zoie Cribbs.
Cribbs was clear about her favorite part: "Bunnies. The baby bunnies."
For more information on the fair, visit baragacountyfair.com.