IMLAY CITY — Despite the soggy start, everyone was excited to see the Eastern Michigan Fair open their gates yesterday. This is the 109th year the fairgrounds have hosted the annual event.
Under the huge tent and away from the raindrops, hog judging was underway.
Elena Boxey, 10, of Allenton waited patiently for her turn to enter the ring. She relaxed in the pen with her hogs, Pork and Ham, who were sound asleep.
"This is my second year showing," she said.
Cody Schwartz, 13 of North Branch, made sure his heifer had a drink of water.
Despite nine years of showing under his belt, the teen said his favorite part of the week wasn't animal-related.
Cody Schwartz, 13 takes his heifer out of the barn for a drink Tuesday at the Eastern Michigan Fair in between raindrops. photo by Maria Brown.
"I like the rides," he said with a smile.
After judging concludes Wednesday, the 4-Hers will host their annual livestock auction on Thursday at 1 p.m.
"The Eastern Michigan Fair is the absolute best value for family entertainment around," Manager Ian Kempf said.
Each night the grandstands will come alive with a variety of high-flying, bone-jarring fun. Tonight the fair will host the Eastern Michigan Bull Riders Championship. On Thursday, the superman motocross is on tap and on Friday the popular autocross bump and run will kick off. For the finale, check out Saturday night's demolition derby.
Gates open each day at noon.
Admission is $12 per person or $8 for senior citizens on Wed. and Thurs. before 5 p.m. Cost includes rides, grandstand events, petting zoo and parking.