Baraga County Fair starts Friday

PELKIE – The Baraga County Fair is back Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and the family-friendly, country-style fair at the Pelkie fairgrounds will feature a few new additions and changes from recent years.

This year, the fireworks show, put on by Morin Fireworks, will take place on Friday night instead of Saturday. It will take place after the queen crowning, which this year will feature eight high-school-age queen candidates. It has recently been geared more towards girls in middle school.

The Great Lakes Timber Show from Escanaba, which hasn’t been to Baraga County in a few years, will be back for five different shows of log rolling, chainsaw carving throughout the weekend. A pie-eating contest will be added to the mix of events as well, at 2 p.m. Saturday. Otherwise, it will be much the same variety of offerings that brings people back to Pelkie year after year.

“It’s a small country fair, agricultural fair, and that’s exactly the way we like it,” said Dave Hoskins, longtime fair board president. “It brings people together … that’s what the fair is all about.”

Events kick off at 11 a.m. Friday with the Junior Horse Show, and all food concessions, the exhibit hall, petting zoo and small animal barns all open then as well. Bounce houses open at 1 p.m., the Junior Class ATV Challenge takes place at 3 p.m. and the talent portion of the queen pageant is slated for 4 p.m. in the Performance Hall. Special awards will take place at 6:30 p.m., with baked goods and an ugly purse auction at 6:45 p.m., following by the queen crowning and ATV Challenge at 7:45 p.m. and fireworks show at dusk.

Saturday will feature an 8 a.m. open horse show, with livestock judging starting at 9:30 a.m. and concessions, exhibits, barns and the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community kids’ trout pond opening at 10 a.m. The Pelkie Fire Department Chicken Barbecue will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The JT Stafford Illusion Show will take place at 12:30 p.m. with a mud bog at 2 p.m., a market steer, lamb and hog auction at 3 p.m. and pony pull at 6 p.m.

Sunday’s highlights include a 1 p.m. demolition derby and 2 p.m. large horse pull. Fair exhibits will be released at 4 p.m.

Various musical entertainment will take place throughout the weekend as well.

A weekend pass to the fair is $10 for adults and $6 for children, with a daily pass being $4 for ages 12 and up, $3 for ages 7-11 and free for kids 6 and younger. A full schedule of events and downloadable PDF fair book can be found at

For additional information, call the fair office and Fair Manager Melissa Treadeau – who has had to fill in for Stacy Froese, who had to resign three weeks ago due to circumstances beyond her control – at 353-6542.