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Annual Alpena County fair gets underway Sunday

ALPENA — It’s fair time in Alpena County and there is a long list of events, demonstrations and entertainment that will appeal to people of any age.

The fair kicks off Sunday with a 4-H animal event and a free movie at the Merchants Building and build in momentum until the carnival midway is set up and running Tuesday at 3 p.m.

There also is entertainment in the grandstand almost nightly, including a comedy show, a bump-and-run, demolition derby, truck pull and the return of the popular rodeo, which has been absent for the last several years.

Alpena County Fair Board member Jackie Konecke said all of the events are geared toward family fun and the carnival, games and rides, and food will fit the taste of most. She said the fair board understood that some people in the community were disappointed with the fair last year and the fair board and others worked hard to make sure the event bounced back.

“The fair board, commissioners, volunteers got together and worked really hard to make our fair better than last year,” she said. “We’ll have all of the wonderful things you would expect at the fair.”

Konecke said next Saturday promises to be a busy day at the fair, and an affordable one as well. She said kids can get on the rides for free from noon until 3 p.m. thanks to the generosity from the Alpena County Horseman’s Club. She said later that night at 7 p.m. the demo derby will begin and a big crowd is expected.

“People love seeing the cars crash into one another, seeing them flip over and hearing them smash,” she said.

On Tuesday in the grandstand comedian Jason Douglas will perform and on Wednesday the draft horse pull will take place. Thursday will feature Superkicker rodeo, which Koneke said the fair is proud to be able to bring back.

“Historically it has been a very popular event, but it has been gone for a few years,” Konecke said. “I think people are going to be very excited for its return and it is going to be an exciting event.”

As usual there will be plenty of vendors selling carnival food and beverages. Koneke said most of them are local groups and organizations that use the proceeds to help achieve the goals and missions of each. She said much of the fair is about giving back to the community. She said the many volunteers make hosting the fair possible because they know what it means to most people.

“They all work extremely hard and are very dedicated,” she said. “Without them we would never be able to pull something like this off. We think the fair is a treasured event for the community and promotes family values and fun. It is especially important to the children.”

For more information visit the Alpena County Fair website at www.alpenacountyfair.org or check out its Facebook page for a schedule of events.

Steve Schulwitz can be reached at 989-358-5689 at sschulwitz@thealpenanews.com. Follow him on Twitter @ss_alpenanews.com.