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Well, the 93rd Gogebic County Fair is closer than you think. The fair board is still working hard to get everything ready for the yearly event.  Starting on July 8th, fair secretary Tina Romosz will be working at the fairgrounds in the Multi Purpose Building on the west end of the grounds.  Register your entries, pick up your Season Pass or just get some information.  Tina can be reached by phone at (906) 932-2700.
The Fair Board would like to say THANK YOU to our sponsor "ROCKAUTO.COM"  Rock Auto has steped up in a big way and helped out the fair!   

Check out ROCKAUTO.COM for all of your automotive needs!  Click on their logo (on the right) 
Fair board members have partnered with Friends of the Fair with cash and hard work to tackle fairground improvements. There have been huge improvements over the last few years. Friends of the Fair have a 50/50 raffle and facilitate the Snowmobile olympus to raise money for these improvements.  So far they have installed (5) new doors on the barns, new concrete flooring in the pavilion, new handicap ramp and rail at the Fair office entrance, new timer for the Horse Department, cash support for Market animal Club improvements, much needed brick reinforcement and windows on the south end of the cattle barn, reconstructing a safer stage at the grandstand, track infield drainage and parking lot improvements.
Last year, the white little fair office building on the top of the hill is no longer the Secretary's office.  The Fair Board has decided to move the office to the former CVB office in the Multi -Purpose building on the west end of the fairgrounds.  The former office is now the "Turn 2 Saloon" a beer booth run by the Friends of the Fair group. 
Our 2013 VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD winners: Youth Volunteer(s) were D'Kota Engler & Sarah Rand, the Adult Volunteer was Scott Suvanto and the Business Volunteer of the Year was Snow Country Enterprizes of Ironwood. Congratulations to all of you, and Thank You to everyone who volunteered, donated and participated in the 2013 Gogebic County Fair.
The "Turn 2 Saloon" is a fundraiser for the fair. All profit from the booth during the fair is donated back to the fair. To access the "new" fair office by vehicle, enter the grounds at the west gate (across from the Cedar's Motel) and you can't miss it.  It will be the first big beige building that you see!  

Stop down and get your Season tickets or register your entries with Tina who is now working from the new office.  You can call her at 906-932-2700 

By now every local resident is aware of the major road construction on U.S. 2 in Ironwood.  The road construction will not slow down the Gogebic County Fair, for the fairgoers traveling west will be able to access the fair through the west gate as usual.  Those who will be coming from Wisconsin, Chairman Jim Gribble has spoke with MDOT and arranged that access to the fairgrounds will be available.  The baracades have been moved back and you can travl east to the west gate  
parking lot.  You will not be able to travel past the west gate entrance, but you can get to the fairgrounds. Thank You Jim Gribble for making those arrangements. 
The Gogebic County Fairboard has announced a change in the residency requirements for the horse, livestock and exposition Departments for the 2014 Gogebic County Fair. For 2014, there are no restrictions on exhibitors in these Departments. anyone interested in exhibiting in any of these departments welcome to attend. in prior years exhibitors had to be residents of either Gogebic or Ontonagon counties in Michigan, or Iron County, WI.  Livestock and Expo exhibitors should check the Premium Listing for that department and adhere to the rules posted.
Horse exhibitors must have their horses checked into the horse department by 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 14, 2014 and be on exhibit until 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 17, 2014 Contact Lori Bennetts at (906)364-1308 for stall reservations. Stalls are $10 for the weekend if reserved prior to august 1st and $15 after this date.

All horses must have proof of negative coggins. If the horse is coming from a state other than Michigan, an interstate health certificate is also required. Horse Show rules will be printed in the Premium paper for the Gogebic County Fair and can also be obtained from the Fair office. Contact Fairboard secretary Tina Romosz at (906) 663-4045 
The Saturday and Sunday Horse Shows at the Gogebic County Fair will be open to the public. 2014 will be the first year the horse shows at the Gogebic County Fair will be open to participants that are not exhibitors at the Fair.  Trailer parking will be available outside of the West gate of the Fairgrounds. overnight stabling may be available for those wishing to stay overnight at a cost of $15 per stall.

Class fees for the open Shows will be $3 per class or $20 per day. Trailer parking is free, but attendees will be required to pay for admission to the Fair.  Gate fees are $12 per day or $30 for a 4-day pass. individuals who are exhibitors at the Fair will not be charged class fees.  
Class listings and rules will be printed in the Premium Listings that is published in July. information can also be obtained by contacting Fairboard secretary, Tina Romosz, at (906)663-4045 ext #620 or Horse Clerk, Lori Bennetts at (906)364-1308.
The beer fridge at your local Deli, Liquor Store or Supermarket will tell you that people are drinking a wider variety of beers than ever, thus comes craft beer. “It’s a challenge to be creative with flavors and processes and then wait to taste the result,” states Artie Soborowicz.  Let’s bring some friendly competition to the Gogebic County Fair for the first Gogebic County Fair  Craft Beer Competition. Looking long term, we hope to bring a Brew Fest to Gogebic County. This is only the beginning.  Brought to you by our Yellow
Ribbon Sponsor The Black River Valley Pub.
There will be (4) Judged categories: a) Pale Beer b) Dark Beer c) Amber Beer d) other Who can enter? This competition is open to any amateur homebrewer age 21 or older.  What are the rules? All entries must be handcrafted products, containing ingredients available to the general public, and made using private equipment by hobbyist brewers.  Entries must be in and labeled by 11:00 Saturday morning, August 16, 2014. 

Please bring entries to the Turn 2 Saloon (across from expo building) for check in. Each entry will consist of (two) 12 ounce to one liter capped bottles or corked bottles that are void of all identifying information, including labels and embossing.  Printed caps are allowed, but must be blacked out completely. one bottle will be offered for auction on Sunday and becomes property of the Gogebic County Fair.  12 oz. glass bottles are preferred. Swing top bottles will likewise be accepted as well as corked bottles. bottles will not be returned to contest entrants.  First and Second place will be awarded in each category with two or more entries. Prize amount will be posted. Home brewers are not limited to one entry in each category or subcategory. Please label entries carefully.  Recipes and processing questions may be requested. Please have available. Entry forms should be attached to bottles with a rubber band only; glue and/or tape are unacceptable.

The competition organizers are not responsible for miss-categorized entries. Qualified judging of all entries is the primary goal of our event. Judges will evaluate and score each entry.  The average of the scores will rank each entry in its category. The Best of Show judging will be determined by a Best of Show panel based on a second judging of the top winners.

Judging Location and Date:  Gogebic County Fair
                                                 648 W. Cloverland Dr., Ironwood, MI 49938
                                                 Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.

Nothing would be possible without help from the many volunteers and businesses or Bruce Eppolite from Skid Steer Services, Snow Country enterprises, RED Construction and John Nelson.  You can show your support by purchasing a 50/50 ticket, attending the Snowmobile Olympus or visiting our supporting businesses. The 50/50 Drawing will be held Sunday night in the grandstand.  See you at the 2014 Gogebic County Fair!  

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