IMLAY CITY — There's still four days of fun to be found at the Eastern Michigan Fair this week. The fair officially opened yesterday (Tuesday, Aug. 4) and runs through Saturday.
The big draw today (Wed.) is an 8 p.m. performance by country music stars The Lost Trailers and opener Whitney Duncan.
The concert is included in the $12 admission price.
Ellen Papineau of Dryden cools off her hog on opening day of the Eastern Michigan Fair before heading into the show ring for judging. photo by Maria Brown.
Also performing tonight at 7, 8 and 9 p.m. will be Dr. Cue, Tom Rossman. Sponsored by the Thumb Area Amateur Pool Association, the trick shot champion will show off his skills and be signing autographs.
The pool association is also organizing other events later in the week, including 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. Wednesday-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.
Daily attractions include Circus Pages performances, games and rides on the midway and nightly grandstand events.
Tonight will feature Figure Eight races, Thursday is Superman Motocross night, Friday is the Autocross and Saturday caps the week off with the traditional demolition derby. All start at 7 p.m.
Livestock judging takes place throughout the week. On Wednesday, dairy and angora goat shows start at 10 a.m. and cattle judging starts at noon. Sheep and swine competitions were held on Tuesday. It all concludes with the 4-H Livestock Auction on Thursday starting at noon. Be sure to stroll through the barns to see the animals and other 4-H and open class entries in everything from afghans to zucchini bread. Head to the arena at 5 p.m. on Wednesday for the 4-H horse show.
Special activities are planned for Saturday as part of the FFA and 4-H Farm Day from 12-3 p.m.
Stop by the Master Gardener barn to see beautiful flower displays, photo contest winners and bid on silent auction items. Information about upcoming classes will also be offered.
The fairgrounds are open through Saturday from noon to 11 p.m.
Ticket prices are $12 Wednesday and Thursday for general admission and $15 for Friday and Saturday. Both Wednesday and Thursday are Senior Citizens Days. Seniors get in for $8 before 5 p.m. Children under two get in for free, without ride privileges.
Shuttle service from the Imlay City Schools will be offered each night starting at 5 p.m. Overflow parking will start at Borland Elementary and then fill the high school, middle school and Weston parking lots from there as needed. Three buses will service the area.