ESCANABA - There's something for everyone at this year's Upper Peninsula State Fair in Escanaba, set to open on Monday featuring a variety of entertainment, exhibits, games, carnival rides, food, and events throughout the week.
"There's so much to do and see at the fair," said Vickie Micheau, fair management agent and Delta County Chamber of Commerce director. "A lot of people took a lot of time to organize activities and events to satisfy a variety of interests and ages."
This year's grandstand events will showcase four bands, stock car racing, a demolition derby, a tractor pull, and a wrestling event.
Michael Inman of Rapid River watches while Christine Lofquist, at right, checks to see what classification the photographs Inman brought in for judging at the U.P. State Fairgrounds should be registered under. Inman said the photographs were taken by his wife. Lofquist and Ruth Miller, who is looking on, are first-time volunteers. (Daily Press photo by Dorothy McKnight)
Fairgoers will be entertained daily with acts and events on the midway including a zoo, high-flying dogs, chainsaw carving, a circus, and a barnyard variety show.
Vendors promoting foods, products, and services will be stationed across the fairgrounds.
Area youth and others will be showcasing animals they've cared for throughout the year. The public is invited to view animals in the barns and attend the various competitions scheduled each day.
Livestock featured at fair time include cattle, horses, mules, sheep, goats, swine, rabbits, guinea pigs and different poultry such as chickens, ducks and geese.
Participants of all ages have entered hand-made or home-grown items which are displayed in the exhibit buildings. Examples include flowers, vegetables, photography and other artwork, woodworking, clothing, educational exhibits, and club work.
Activities which have become a part of the fair tradition include the Miracle of Life Birthing Pavilion, the Growing UP Foresters interactive exhibit, and the Department of Natural Resources Pocket Park.
Other activities to watch for at the fairgrounds this upcoming week are a cheese sculpting exhibit, U.S. Army National Guard physical challenges, and a display of Bay College's Guinness Book of World Records creations.
The Upper Peninsula Gas and Steam Engine Village will once again feature its antique equipment, an operating sawmill, old time shops, and a museum. The local model railroad club and a ham radio organization will also have shops open to fairgoers at the village.
In addition to daily events and exhibits, special public events will be taking place throughout the fairgrounds. Grandstand shows are free with a paid gate admission otherwise reserved seats are available for $10 plus a fee.
Daily gate admission is $8 for those 13 years old and older and $5 for children 6-12 years old. Kids five years old and younger are admitted free. Weekly gate passes are available for $25 for adults and $15 for children.
Armbands for Skerbeck Carnival rides cost $20 each Monday through Thursday and the following Sunday. Friday and Saturday armbands cost $25 a day.
MONDAY, Aug. 12
Discount gate prices are $5 for adults and $3 for children on Opening Night beginning at 5 p.m. Monday. The 2013 U.P. State Fair Queen and her court will be announced Monday evening.
Grandstand entertainment will be the U.P. Garden Pullers Tractor Pull beginning at 7 p.m. A Splash Spa Contest begins at 7 p.m. in the activities tent.
TUESDAY, Aug. 13
Tuesday's grandstand show will be Brew City Wrestling beginning at 7 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 14
Wednesday is Governor's Day and Military Appreciation Day at the fair. Gate admission for active and retired military and veterans is $5 all day.
The U.P. Veteran of the Year will be recognized during an award ceremony on Wednesday. Afterwards, the Delta County Chamber of Commerce will host Lunch with the Governor. Cost for the lunch program is $20 which includes gate admission to the fair.
Country singer Craig Morgan will perform on stage in the grandstand beginning at 8 p.m. Wednesday.
THURSDAY, Aug. 15
On Thursday, Native Americans and senior citizens will have discounted gate admission during Native American Day and Senior Citizen's Appreciation Day at the fair. In the concourse under the grandstand there will be a Wellness Fair for senior citizens from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
In the activities tent, the Native American culture will be showcased featuring entertainment and educational activities.
In celebration of the fourth year the state fair has been operating independently, a "Three Four All" gate admission will be $3 from 3-4 p.m. on the fourth day of the fair which is Thursday. In addition, $3 discounts will be available on ride armbands during the same time period.
Grandstand shows will feature two bands - "Jackyl" and "Great White" beginning at 8 p.m. Thursday.
FRIDAY, Aug. 16
Friday is Ladies Day at the fair. Women are invited to the activities tent for an afternoon of pampering, cooking demonstrations, and wine and beer tasting. A Women's Wellness Fair will be held in the grandstand concourse from noon to 2:30 p.m.
"The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band" will be the featured performer at the grandstand on Friday beginning at 8 p.m.
SATURDAY, Aug. 17
On Scout and Agriculture Day, Saturday, scouts in uniform will be admitted to the fair for $5 for those 13 years of age and older or $3 for those six to 12 years of age. Various scout activities will take place in the activities tent.
The Junior Market Livestock Auction, an annual fair highlight, will be conducted in the beef barn arena on Saturday.
Upper Peninsula International Racing will be Saturday's grandstand entertainment beginning at 7 p.m.
SUNDAY, Aug. 18
The Bump and Run Demolition Derby will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday at the grandstand.
Reduced gate prices for Family Day on Sunday are $5 for adults and $3 for children.
For a complete list of fair events, visit upstatefair.org.