Area fairs offer wide variety of fun, festivities

To say August will be a fair month isn’t a weather prediction: It’s a fact.

Starting with the Alger County Fair, which opens today, Superiorland residents will have plenty of opportunity to enjoy fair food, fun and festivities over the next several weeks.

The Alger County Fair started this morning at the Rock River Township Park in Chatham. From livestock showings to queen competitions, the fair offers a host of participatory activities, but also a boatload of viewing fun, like a parade, a tractor pull and a firefighter contest over the course of the fair.

The three-day fair opened to the public at 9 a.m. today and closes at 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission to the fair is $5 for adults (for all three days); $3 for children (for all three days); $2 daily for adults (anyone ages 13 and above); $1 daily for children (6-12 years of age); and free admission for children (ages 5 and under).

In other words, it’s a great bargain for families looking for some wholesome fun.

Next up are the Marquette County and Baraga County fairs, which both take place next week.

The Marquette County Fair will be open to the public from Thursday through Aug. 11 at the fairgrounds located along Highway M553 in Sands Township and will include a plethora of family activities, including live music in the gazebo each day, horse shows and mud drags.

For the complete schedule, including admission prices, visit

The Baraga County Fair takes place at the fairgrounds in Pelkie and will open at 9 a.m. Aug. 9, with the last events set to start at 2 p.m. Aug. 11. From bounce houses to a petting zoo and rides galore, this fair truly will offer something for everyone.

For more information, including the schedule and admission information, visit

Aug. 12 will be the start of the Upper Peninsula State Fair in Escanaba, which will mark the fourth year of operating independently of state funding. The U.P. State Fair is governed by the Upper Peninsula State Fair Authority, which includes representatives from all 15 U.P. counties as well as the Hannahville Indian Community.

Taking place since 1928, this state fair provides a place to celebrate the culture and heritage of Upper Peninsula life. The U.P. State Fair will continue through Aug. 18. For more information, visit

Summer is passing by much too quickly, with Labor Day a little more than a month away. We encourage everyone to try to get to at least one fair during the beautiful month of August. It’s good old-fashioned fun, something that’s becoming more difficult to find in the modern age. Fairs deserve your support in order to keep going strong.