State Fair readies grandstand acts
ESCANABA – The Upper Peninsula State Fair is offering numerous grandstand events during fair week, Aug. 13 – 19.
On opening night, Aug. 13, the U.P. Garden Tractor Pulls will roar to action at 7 p.m. This local, non-profit organization gives tractor owners a place to test their machine, and gives their proceeds for the year to several scholarship funds. With several classes to enter, including several modified classes with motorcycle or ATV engines and the “super outlaw” class.
The Scott Murray Sick Air Extreme Motorcycle Show will take place on Aug. 14 at 7 p.m. Scott Murray brings his band of professional freestyle motocross athletes to the arena to perform the biggest tricks in the business, including the double back flip.
After three nights of great music, the roar of the engines returns to the grandstand on Aug. 18 at 7 p.m. for the Upper Peninsula International Raceway’s third annual fair race. This volunteer group has been hard at work for three summers, determined to return racing to the fairgrounds. The 2012 racing divisions include: IMCA modifieds, street stocks, small cars four and six cylinder engines), 600 and 650 micro sprints, and kids’ micro sprints.
The fair wraps up on Sunday with the traditional Demolition Derby at 1 p.m., as banged-up beasts battle to outlast the competition in the family favorite smash-up derby. This event is hosted by U.P.I.R. volunteers, and money raised will be used to help fund future track development at the fairgrounds.
This year’s music includes two country music groups and one classic 80s hair band. The Eli Young Band takes the stage on Aug. 15 at 8 p.m. The four-piece group from Denton, Texas is best known for their singles “Crazy Girl” and “Even if it Breaks Your Heart”. In 2012, the group received three nominations from the Academy of Country Music: Song of the Year, Top Vocal Group of the Year, and Single Record of the Year, and winning Song of the Year for “Crazy Girl”.
Thursday night country duo Thompson Square takes stage at 8 p.m. The husband and wife team is known for their singles, “Let’s Fight”, “I Got You”, “Glass” and “Are You Going to Kiss Me or Not?”. In 2012, they were honored as the Top Vocal Duo by the Academy of Country Music Awards and won the CMT Music Awards’ Duo Video of the Year for their Sonny and Cher impersonations in “I Got You”.
For those looking to re-live the 80s, the U.P. State Fair is delivering. Tesla takes over the grandstand on Aug. 17 at 8 p.m. as part of their 2012 ‘Twisted Wires Acoustic Tour’.
For all three musical acts, Gold Circle Reserved Seating is available for $10, plus service fee, at www.islandresortandcasino.com. All events are free with paid general admission to the fair. For more information on this year’s 2012 U.P. State Fair, please visit www.upstatefair.org.