MILLERSBURG - There's a lot going on in Millersburg this weekend, not the least of which is the Presque Isle County Fair.
Starting Friday at 12 p.m. and wrapping up on Sunday, the fair will include lots of family-friendly activities, including a petting zoo, mud bog, demonstrations and games designed to get kids moving, board member Rita Tollini said. It'll also coincide with the Millersburg Homecoming parade, and the Field Stock Music Festival. It's the 112th year for the fair, and the second since the board opted to focus on the basics.
"We used to be at the end of June, and switched to Labor Day (weekend) hoping to get more entries from gardens and farms, things like that," she said. "Otherwise, it was really early."
The fair also has games for kids, instead of the typical fair rides, Tollini said.
There are more than 20 different kinds, and focus on skills like hand-eye coordination. Others are more athletic, and each one is aimed at promoting healthy activities.
Kids also will have a chance to pet more than 60 animals in the petting zoo, including a buffalo, llamas and emus, Tollini said. It opens at 12 p.m. all three days. The Hammond Bay Area Anglers Association will have a trout pond Saturday from 12-6 p.m.
What: Presque Isle County Fair
Where: 12196 Walker Hwy., Millersburg
When: Friday through Sunday, opening at 12 p.m. each day
Cost: $5 for parking, $4 with a canned or boxed non-perishable food item.
Numerous demonstrations have been scheduled for Friday and Saturday, board member Rachel Goodstein said. On Friday at 12 p.m., the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Michigan State University Extension's Presque Isle County Office will demonstrate underwater remote operated vehicles, with the Pieceable Lighthouse quilters giving a demonstration at noon as well.
Other demonstrations include a few on gardening with the Presque Isle Gardening Club and Dennis Taratuta of Netta's Nursery, one on maple syrup production and another on the county Conservation District's new forestry program, all on Saturday, according to the event schedule.
At 2 p.m. Saturday, the fair board will honor Delores Merchant, who has been involved with 4-H and the fair for nearly 50 years, Goodstein said. She's overseen everything from classes on sewing to gun safety.
Since the Millersburg Homecoming is Saturday as well, there are events throughout the day, according to the fair schedule. The parade starts at 11 a.m., with a "back to school" theme and Judy and Virgil Freel as grand marshals. Following the parade, local fire departments will have a water ball fight. There will be a duck race on the Ocqueoc River through town at 6 p.m., with ducks for sale at the Village Mini Mart.
Music lovers can join in the fun at Field Stock Music Festival, starting at 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and motorheads can watch the mud bog Saturday and the bump and run Sunday. There's also a tractor pull, held by Tip of the Mitt Antique Tractor Association, on Saturday at 12 p.m. Wrestling fans can watch American Sky Dojo wrestling at 3 p.m. Sunday.
As a way to promote Millersburg, fairgoers can get a punchcard for six different locations throughout town, Tollini said. Everyone who fills their card can enter it in a drawing for prizes.
"There are three or four lakes right around the Millersburg area, and a lot of people come up here just for the weekends, they don't live here permanently," she said, adding lots of people might not know what the town has to offer.
It's $5 per vehicle to park, and free to get in the fair, Goodstein said. There's an extra cost to get into the grandstand area for various events happening there. Anyone who brings canned or boxed non-perishable food items - no glass accepted- gets a $1 discount on parking. The food will be donated to two Presque Isle County food pantries, one in Onaway and the other in Rogers City.
For the full schedule, check out the fair website: www.picountyfair.net/