March 26 • 04:36 PM

Fun-filled fair on tap in Imlay

Top notch entertainment, exciting shows and more begin on August 4

A talented canine twirls for her dog handler during another Circus Pages performance at the Eastern Michigan Fair last year. A host of activities and events are slated for this year’s fair.

July 29, 2009
IMLAY CITY — Organizers of the Eastern Michigan Fair vowed to bring in more entertainment in 2009 and if the bulging schedule is any indication, they've kept their promise.

When visitors come through the gates next week, they'll have the chance to hear popular music acts, watch a pool trick shot champion in action, see circus animals perform and much more.

The fair kicks off on Tuesday, Aug. 4 and runs through Saturday, Aug. 8.

"There's no better family value than the fair," Manager Ian Kempf said.

Everything is included in the admission price including new attractions—a Wednesday night concert featuring The Lost Trailers and Whitney Duncan and a series of Thumb Area Amateur Pool Association events, headlined by Dr. Cue, Tom Rossman. Showtimes for the trick shot champion are 7, 8 and 9 p.m. on both Tuesday and Wednesday. Franchise owners Christine Piefer and Mike Sexton of Attica said Dr. Cue is known for keeping onlookers "entranced" by his skills. Piefer said Rossman will sign autographs after the shows.

Other pool association events include an open nine-ball tournament on both Thursday and Friday at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $10 per person. Register in person between 5:45 and 6:20 p.m. and limited to the first 32 people who sign up. Free pool will be offered from 12-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. Saturday is Kids Day from 12-6 p.m. All kids, ages 6 to 17, will receive a prize and get some game instruction. Free pool will be offered from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Also included in admission are daily shows from Circus Pages, rides and games on the midway and entrance to daily grandstand events.

Back by popular demand is the Eastern Michigan Fair original autocross on Friday night at 7 p.m.

"We've really seen a resurgence in the popularity of the race," Kempf said of the event, also called a bump and run, which can now be found at other summer venues.

"Ours is the most exciting of all the races out there on the circuit. The original is still the best."

Other grandstand events include tractor pulls on Tuesday, Figure Eight races on Wednesday, a Superman Motocross on Thursday, and a demolition derby on Saturday.

Livestock shows and judging will take place throughout the week. The annual 4-H Livestock Auction will commence at noon on Thursday.

Kempf said the fair has also decided to expand their popular shuttle service from the Imlay City School parking lots to include Wednesday night. Service starts each night at 5 p.m. and will include three buses. Overflow parking will start at Borland Elementary and fill the high school, middle school and Weston parking lots from there as needed.

The fair board is constantly working on improvement projects big and small, Kempf said. This year, visitors who park in the south lot will appreciate a new paved path to the ticket booth.

"We're looking forward to another record year," Kempf said, referring to the continually rising attendee numbers.

The fairgrounds are open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 11 p.m.

Ticket prices are $12 Tuesday-Thursday for general admission and $15 for Friday and Saturday. For Kids Day on Tuesday, youngsters 12 and under pay $8 before 5 p.m. On Senior Citizens Days, Tuesday through Thursday, seniors get in for $8 before 5 p.m. Children under two get in for free, without ride privileges.

For more information call the fair office at 724-4145 or visit

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