The highlight carnival and festival time in the Michigan Thumb kick off in 2023 at the 116th Huron Community Fair, running Sunday through Saturday, July 31 – August 6th! At the fairgrounds in Bad Axe, Michigan.
A Week of Huron Community Fair
The fair opens Sunday, July 31, with free parking. Check out the 2 p.m. grandstand event featuring Harness Racing, and the 4-H Horse Show begins at 5 p.m. The Opening Ceremony and Flag Raising is open to all at the center of the Livestock Arena at 7:00 p.m., followed by Livestock Judging at the Dennis M Hagan Show & Sale Arena at 7:30 p.m.
Fair Monday at Bad Axe Fairgrounds
Starting Monday, August 1, at 9 am with the Goat Show at the Dennis M. Hagen Show & Sale Arena. The 4-H and FFA Building and Merchant Building will be open from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. The Horse Racing begins at 1 p.m. in the Grandstands. The Elkton Lions Bingo runs from 3 – 10 p.m. At 3 pm the Sheep Show begins. The Gate fee is $5 per person, and kids ten and under are free.
Huron Community Fair Midway Fun Tuesday Kids Day
Tuesday, August 2, offers the Swine Show, Horse Show, Dairy Show, and the judging in the 4-H Building for food, flowers, vegetables, and crops. At 11 a.m., visitors can tour the 4-H and FFA Building, the Merchant Building, and the 4-H Small Animal Building. The carnival rides and midway open at 1 pm bracelets are $15. The Elkton Lions Bingo runs from 3 – 10 p.m. Catch the Chase’s Racing Pigs at various times during the day- Free entertainment on the grounds. The Miracle of Life Pavilion opens at noon. At 7 pm, the KOI drag racing in the Grandstands for $10.
Tuesday is Kids Day, with the Midway opening at 1 p.m. with a reduced ride bracelet rate. The Gate fee is $5 per person, and kids ten and under are free.
Wednesday Midweek at the Huron Community Fair
Wednesday, August 4th, including the 4-H and FFA Prospect Feeder Show at 9 a.m., the Horse Show, and the Poultry Show. The Midway opens at 3 p.m. The Elkton Lions Bingo runs from 3 – 10 p.m. The racing pigs event is free entertainment. Wednesday’s Grandstand event will be the Bump and Run Demolition Derby at 7 p.m. Free music at that Merchant Building starts at 7 pm. The Gate fee is $5 per person; kids ten and under are free.
Thursday is Extra Special at the Huron Community Fair
Thursday, August 4th, Kicks off with the Market Beef Show, the Goat Show, and The Special Needs Kids Event starts at 9 am. Midway opens at 3 pm. The Midway opens at 3 p.m. Ride bracelets are $18.
The Elkton Lions Bingo runs from 3 – 10 p.m. 4, 6 & 8 p.m. – Chase’s Racing Pigs- Free entertainment on the grounds. Grandstand Event begins at 7:30 p.m. for the Super Kicker Rodeo and Barrel Racing! The Gate fee is $5 per person, and kids ten and under are free.
Final Friday at the Huron Community Fair
Friday, August 5th, the Jr. Livestock Auction Sale begins at 9 a.m. Noon – the Miricle of Life runs until 9 pm. The Midway opens at 3 p.m with $18 ride bracelets. The Elkton Lions Bingo runs from 3 – 10 p.m. Friday’s Grandstand Event, which will be the Redneck Truck Races at 7 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, and $5 for kids 6-11.
Saturday is the Final Day of the Huron Community Fair 2023
The final full day of the fair is Saturday, August 6th, with the Small Livestock Association Sale and 4-H Auction beginning at 9 a.m. and 11 am. The Midway opens at noon. The miracle of life from noon until 9 pm. Check out the Chainsaw carver on the midway in the afternoon. Saturday night’s Grandstand Event at 6 pm is the TTPA Tractor Pull Smoker Class. Admission is $10 for adults, kids 6-11 are $5.
Compiled from sources including the Huron Community Fair Website and Bax Axe Chamber of Commerce.
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