The 46th annual Gladwin County Fair was one to remember. After last year’s cancelation due to the restrictions on public gatherings, the Gladwin County Fair Association put together a wonderful fair last week that entertained more people than previous years.
The absence of the fair last year wasn’t the only reason for the larger than normal crowd this summer. The fair featured a variety of rides for all ages to enjoy such as a carousel, slides, the high speed “Hurricane,” and of course, a ferris wheel. There were plenty of games set up with prizes hanging from the booths for the fairgoers to enjoy as well as many food stands that spoke for themselves when they ran out of food.
The fair had free entry and parking and wristbands were available for purchase for the rides. Merchant buildings were open for vendors to sell an assortment of items. A grand stand event was held each night Monday through Saturday and put on shows such as go cart races, musical concerts, tractor and truck pulls, and mud bogging.
Those involved with 4-H finally had their fair back this year. The events for swine, goats, sheep, poultry, rabbits, horses, dairy and beef were held throughout the week. On Sunday, the animals were brought in and weighed. On Monday, there was judging for horses and goats, swine, rabbits, sheep and beef judging was on Tuesday, and dairy and poultry judging was on Wednesday. Dylan Muma’s steer, JAZ won the grand champion title as a Gladwin County special after the beef judging concluded.
Swine, beef and sheep showmanship was held on Thursday as well as a small animal auction in the afternoon. The livestock auction was held Wednesday afternoon. Judging for horse speed classes and an overall showmanship practice was held on Friday, with the horse awards ceremony taking place that afternoon. On Saturday, the overall showmanship for large and small animals judging took place.
The fair had taken on a theme of Salute to the Heroes which was present in many of the 4-H displays as well as around the fair itself. With the impressive presentation, the sizable turnout, and overwhelming positive feedback from the community, Gladwin County can’t wait to see their fair back in 2022.