The Sanilac County Youth and 4-H Fair Board Invites You to a Fun Filled Week!

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 SANDUSKY – The week so many look forward to every year is coming up quickly, and we are so excited to continue family traditions with all of you! The Fair will be held Sunday, August 7 to Saturday, August 13 at the Sanilac County Fairgrounds on Dawson Street in Sandusky.
The week begins on Sunday, August 7 at 2:00 p.m. with the annual Cares for Kids Auction in the Dairy Barn. “Proceeds from the Silent and Live Auctions will help to support many Sanilac County children,” shares Amy Kerbyson, Sanilac County Fair Board President. “The auction has proven to be a very successful fundraiser for the fair over the years! This year we’ll have a large variety of items for community members to bid on. People won’t want to miss this opportunity to get great deals and help the fair at the same time!”  To round out the day, a ‘Gospel Sing’ will take place at 7:00 p.m. in the north end of the Eat stand. All admissions are free on Sunday.
Big Rock Amusements will open at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 9, and at 1:00 p.m. for the remainder of the week through Saturday.  
Monday, August 8, is a first day of animal showing with horses and ponies, prospect beef, llamas and alpacas, and sheep demonstrating their skills in various arenas throughout the day. The Youth and 4-H members place so much effort into their animals to be ready for this week, and they would love the community presence and support. “Kicking off the Grandstand events on Monday will be the crowd-pleasing Flying Star Rodeo, which will be performing in front of the Grandstand at 7:00 p.m.,” shares Kerbyson. “The rodeo has been a county favorite for years; with events everyone will enjoy! These events include saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, team roping, woman’s barrel racing, bull riding, and more!”
Tuesday, August 9, is “Homemaker Day” all day at the Fair, with the presentation of Sanilac County Homemaker of the Year at 6:45 p.m. at the Grandstand. Following that presentation, the Figure 8 Derby will take place at 7:00 p.m. There will also be judging of swine, horses and ponies, dairy calves, and poultry in the morning starting at 9:00 a.m. The Fair Board urges all to come and see all the effort members put into their animals and projects! You can fill your day admiring the animals in various barns and arenas, but make sure to also visit the other exhibits. The youth have put together many displays in fine arts, clothing and textiles, food and nutrition, and many other demonstrations of all the things they learn throughout the year. Also make sure to stop by the eat stand and meet some of the amazing members and get some tasty food!
On Wednesday, August 10, the Grandstand event will be the always popular USA Bump-N-Run, which features small cars speeding around a moto-cross track, trying not to get hit. “Don’t forget that Tuesday and Wednesday are Senior Citizens (60 years and older) and Veterans Days, with $7 admission BEFORE 3:00 p.m. for people in those groups,” reminds Kerbyson. Animal judging continues through the day from 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. with miniature horses, beef cattle, goats, dairy cows, and cats! Stop by any of the arenas and you are sure to see a good show.  
Thursday, August 11, is a fun filled family day with Kids Fun Day starting at 11:00 a.m. and going until 1:00 p.m. for children ages 0 to 6 years old. Gate admission for children ages 6 and under will be discounted to $5 during those hours only. The Sanilac County SAFE KIDS, part of the Child Abuse Prevention Council, will be giving away bike helmets in the Community Tent on this day as well. Judging will take place in various barns starting at 9:00 a.m. and will include horses and ponies, breeding beef, dairy cows, rabbits, and livestock. A NEW event will be featured at the Grandstand on Thursday, SXS Races, which are scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m.!
Friday, August 12, brings the Youth and 4-H / FFA Livestock Sale in the Livestock Arena beginning at 9:30 a.m., the Small Animal Silent Auction in the Poultry Barn will be taking place from Noon to 6:30 p.m., and the Entrepreneurship Silent Auction in the Block Building from Noon to 6:30 p.m. “After showing their animals and projects during the week, participants have the opportunity to sell them to the highest bidder. The Livestock Sale, Small Animal Silent Auction and Still Project Silent Auctions are the culmination of many weeks of hard work for youth,” reports Kerbyson. In front of the Grandstand Friday night at 7:00 p.m., the TTPA Truck and Tractor Pull will take place, and there will once again be two tracks running at a time!
To wrap up, the Sanilac Youth and 4-H Fair is putting on a show, Saturday, August 13, with its all-day fun for the entire family! There will be an Open Class Horse Show beginning at 9:00 a.m., the Small Animal Sweepstakes at 9:00 a.m., and the Large Animal Sweepstakes at 10:00 a.m. The Sweepstakes allow members to show off their showmanship stills with various animals! The Talent Contest will also be held at 10:00 a.m.; applications can be picked up at the Fair Board office now or on the fairgrounds the first part of Fair week. The Youth and 4-H Fair goes out with a bang when the Demolition Derby competition entertains the Grandstand audience at 7:00 p.m.!
The Sanilac County Youth and 4-H Fair is a pay-one-price fair, that means parking, entry, rides, exhibits, and grandstands are all included in the gate price. Gate prices vary throughout the week, as Sunday is free; Monday is $10 per person; Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday are $15 per person; and Friday and Saturday are $20 per person. Children under the age of 2 years who want to ride the rides MUST pay full admission price but are otherwise free to enter. You may come and go as you please each day but be sure to get your hand stamped so you can be re-admitted on the same day. There are no exceptions to the policy of no refunds and no rain checks. Admission will be charged on Monday beginning at 1:00 p.m., and Tuesday through Saturday starting at 8:00 a.m. Rides start every day at 1:00 p.m. (except Monday, no rides, Tuesday at 5:00 p.m.)
“The Sanilac County Youth and 4-H Fair is one of the most economical entertainment buys for the whole family,” declares Kerbyson. “MEGA passes, which provide admission all week to the Fair and include rides, are on sale now at a cost of $60 each at the Fair office at 210 Dawson Street, Sandusky. Purchase yours early because we have a limited supply, and they are available only until noon on Sunday, August 7, or until the supply is gone.”
For more information on the Sanilac County Youth and 4-H Fair, contact the Fair Board office at (810) 648-9297, sanilac4hfair@gmail.com, or visit the Sanilac Youth and 4-H Fair website www.sanilaccounty4Hfair.org. We can’t wait to see you at the Fair!

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