Well, the 94th year of the Gogebic County Fair is in the planning stages! Recently the Fair Board has traveled to the Michigan Association of Fairs and Exhibition convention in Grand Rapids in January, in search of new entertainment, and looking into how to make the fair a better event for the coming year. Keep checking here to find out what is coming to the 2015 fair and what entertainment is scheduled. Also feel free to check the fair's facebook page for times and dates or contact Tina at the fair office 663-4045 ext. 620 for details.
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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 2014 VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD winners: Youth Volunteer(s) were Nikki Lekies , the Adult Volunteer was Doreen Auvinen and the Volunteer Business of the Year was Tiziani Sand & Gravel of Ironwood. Congratulations to all of you, and Thank You to everyone who volunteered, donated and participated in the 2014 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
The Gogebic County Fairboard has announced a change in the residency requirements for the horse, livestock and exposition Departments for the 2015 Gogebic County Fair. For 2015, 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 13, 2015 and be on exhibit until 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 16, 2015 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 was the first year the horse shows at the Gogebic County Fair was 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.
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!