GENESEE TWP. — One year after being cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Genesee County Fair is making a comeback with concerts, carnival rides and a colorful array of livestock exhibitions.
Events and activities for the fair will run from Aug. 23 to 29 at the E.A. Cummings Center in Genesee Township. The action kicks off Monday with Kid’s Day, featuring $1 rides in the Midway from 2 p.m. until closing time. Opening ceremonies will also start at 7 p.m. with the coronation of the Genesee County Fair Queen.
Grandstand events will highlight each evening at the fair, starting with the Monster Truck Show on Monday, the Bump ‘N’ Run car race on Tuesday and the Truck and Tractor Pull on Wednesday. Country music star Travis Tritt with special guest Audrey Ray will headline Thursday night’s concert at the grandstand, followed by the Figure 8 Derby on Friday, the rodeo on Saturday and the Mud Bog on Sunday.
All grandstand events will start at 7 p.m.
Concerts will also be held at the county fair’s Biergarten (beer tent) Wednesday through Sunday. CK 105.5’s BIG SING talent competition will kick off the show schedule on Wednesday at 9 p.m., followed by country singer Audrey Ray on Thursday at 9 p.m. Classic rock group Great White with special guest Spiral Crush will take the stage on Friday at 9 p.m., and local rock band Westfall will perform on Saturday at 8 p.m. Heavy metal band Saliva with special guest Westfall will close out the week on Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
Beer tent hours will run from 6 p.m. to midnight Wednesday through Friday, Saturday from 2 p.m. to midnight and Sunday from 4 p.m. to midnight.
This year’s special daily events at the fair will include Pirates of the Columbian Caribbean high wire act, Swifty Swine’s Racing & Swimming Pigs, Pure Pro Wrestling, agricultural and science exhibits hosted by the Michigan State University Extension Center, chainsaw artist Jeff Sequin and a variety of redneck games.
Livestock exhibitions will also be back at this year’s fair, along with sheep shearing demonstrations, a baby animal tent and a petting zoo. Youth livestock auctions will also be held Saturday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Chris Miller, Executive Director for the Genesee County Fair, said that the week-long livestock exhibitions provide a great forum for kids to showcase their animals and the hard work they invest into raising them.
“Lots of the kids are using the auction money to underwrite college tuition costs, whether they’re considering college or are already in college and at the end of their 4-H showing cycle,” he said. “Not only can they show off the animals they raised, but they can also present and sell them at the annual auction. It’s a good way to support our local youth.”
Admission to the Genesee County Fair is free and daily parking is $10. Week-long parking passes can be purchased for $30 and Fair Fun grandstand passes for $40.
The Genesee County Fair is overseen by the Genesee County Agricultural Society. To see a full list of events and ticket information, visit gcf.org.