2013-08-08 / Community

U.P. State Fair returns Monday

Various events set for weeklong celebration

ESCANABA – The Upper Peninsula State Fair is returning Aug. 12 – 18. The event boasts events throughout its weeklong stay in the area.

On opening night, Monday, gates will open at 5 p.m. There will be reduced gate admission of $5 for adults (13 years and older) and $3 for children (6-12 years old). Children 5 years and younger will get in free.

The day includes a “Splash Spa Contest” and a U.P. Garden Tractor Pullers Tractor Pull in the grandstands.

Throughout the week, Sarah “the Cheese Lady” Kaufmann will be on hand in the Miracle of Life Educational Pavilion. Kaufmann travels the country to carve edible art, recently carved for “Ripley’s Believe it or Not” and is the Guinness Book of World Record holder for the largest cheese carving.

On Wednesday, the Delta County Chamber of Commerce will host “Luncheon for Gov. Snyder”. Tickets are still available for the luncheon, which is always a sellout, for $20 and include the cost of admission to the fair. Contact the Delta County Commerce Center for more information.

Ladies Day is set to start noon on Friday, in the “Activities Tent” at the fairgrounds.

The annual event will provide an afternoon of pampering, cooking demonstrations, free gifts and wine and beer tasting. Admission to “Ladies Fair” is included with the cost of admission to the fair.

Thursday is Senior Citizens Day and Native American Awareness Day, along with a wellness fair. Admission is included with the cost of admission to the fair.

Native American Awareness Day will highlight Native American culture in the community. Drummers, dancers, and craft and food vendors will be featured.

Information and services to wellness fair include: cholesterol checks, BMI/body fat testing, blood sugar evaluations, colorectal screening kits, bone density scans, blood pressure checks, spirometry evaluation, massages, chiropractic checks and information about Camp 911.

On Saturday, a Junior Market Livestock Auction will take place during “Scout and Agriculture Day”. Scouts wearing their uniforms receive a discount when paying admission to the fair.

Saturday’s grandstand entertainment, free with price of admission to the fair, is UPIR stock car racing at 7 p.m.

For more information on the fair, visit www.upstatefair.org

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