Genesee County Fair celebrates 170th year

Editor’s note: See the special section in today’s paper with all the events happening at the Genesee County Fair.

GENESEE TWP. — The 170th Genesee County Fair will take place next week, from Aug. 19- 25.

The fair is hosted by the Genesee County Agricultural Society, a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization and will be located at the EA Cummings Center at 6130 East Mount Morris Road. Admission is free during the day, though all walk-ins will cost $5 after 7 p.m. The fair opens at 8 a.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m. Thursday, and 9 a.m. all other days. Parking for the entire week with unlimited re-entry costs $20 (limited supply) and daily parking without re-entry costs $10, though parking is free before noon. Different events will be hosted throughout the week, such as the 4-H Small Animal Livestock Auctions at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday, or the 10 a.m. Pet Adoption & Expo and 5 p.m. Chainsaw Art Auction on Sunday.

Deb Caryl of D&S Farm in Davison Township, a 4-H Club leader in the Davison area, said the Baby Animal Tent will return for the third year at the fair, open daily from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. The tent will also be host to Caryl’s Sheer Madness event on Wednesday from 3-6 p.m.

Caryl said the fair is not just a 4-H fair, so anyone ages 9-19 can display animals and livestock.

This year, she said, there will be no pigs at the fair until Thursday, which is the day they’ll be competing for awards. Caryl said this is due to the swine flu infection at the Eastern Michigan State Fair in Imlay City recently. As a precaution, she said the fair will be limiting the amount of time the pigs are at this year’s event.

“We won’t have them there until the day of show, after the auction they will be gone,” said Caryl. “4-H pigs under the direction of the fair’s vet were given the preventative shot.

Overall, Caryl said 4-H is doing well, especially the Davison club.

“Davison should be very proud,” she said. “They have young adults who want to get into the animal field. I have known several kids gone into agriculture after they’ve aged out of 4-H or went off to college. In my 60 years with 4-H I can probably name 20 of them who have gone on to agriculture.”

Caryl said there are a lot of great acts throughout the week at the fair, in addition to the livestock and animal side of the event.

She said the Live Shark Encounter is new, where a diver is lowered into a 9,000-gallon tank, swimming free with huge circling sharks. Also new this year in the Mud Bog on Sunday. The fair will also host “Mid America Shows – Spectacular Midway Specials”. The midway opens at 2 p.m. on weekdays and 1 p.m. on weekends. Aug. 19 is ‘Dollar Day,’ and all midway rides will cost $1 each. Unlimited midways rides will be available until 10 p.m. for $25 all other days. Different “Grandstand” shows will also be hosted daily at 7 p.m.

The shows, in order of occurrence, consists of a Tiger Auto Salvage Monster Truck Shootout ($20), a Mid-States Bolt & Screw Figure 8 Derby & Burnout Contest ($15), Flint New Holland’s Truck & Tractor Pull ($15), Trace Adkins wsg. Kin Faux ($35), USA Demolition Derby ($15), a rodeo ($20), and mud bog ($15). A Fair Fun Pass costs $30 while supplies last and includes admission to all grandstand shows for the week.

The livestock auction will be held on Saturday with small animals at 10 a.m. in 4-H barn, and large animals at 1 p.m. There will be a buyers luncheon open at 11 a.m.

Passes for the fair are available for purchase at Genesee County Fair Headquarters, at participating VG’s Food Centers, and Little Ceasar’s Pizza locations. Passes may also be purchased online at, or by phone at 810-687-0953.

(Managing editor Gary Gould contributed to this article.)