Huron Community Fair

Huron Community Fair – A Week Of Farm & Midway Fun In 2023

The highlight carnival and festival time in the Michigan Thumb kick off in 2023 at the  155th Huron Community Fair, running Sunday through Saturday, July 30 – August 5th! At the fairgrounds in Bad Axe, Michigan.

A Week of Huron Community Fair

The fair opens Sunday, July 30, with free parking. Check out the 2 p.m. grandstand event featuring Harness Racing (1 pm), 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, July 31, 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 1, 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. Free entertainment on the midway grounds. The Miracle of Life Pavilion opens at noon. At 7 pm, the KOI drag is 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 2nd, 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. Live entertainment on the midway features the Bird Creek Station. Watch for the chainsaw carver. It’s worth a look. 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, $10 for adults, and kids are $5. The Gate fee is $5 per person; kids ten and under are free.

Thursday is Extra Special at the Huron Community Fair

Thursday, August 3rd, Kicks off with the Market Beef Show, the Goat Show, and The Special Needs Kids Event starts at 10 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. – Free entertainment on the grounds. Grandstand Event begins at 7:30 p.m. for the  Super Kicker Rodeo and Barrel Racing, $10 for adults, and kids are $5. The Gate fee is $5 per person, and kids ten and under are free.

Final Friday at the Huron Community Fair 

Friday,  August 3rd, 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.

Weather in Bad Axe Mi

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Michael Hardy

Mike Hardy is the owner of Thumbwind Publications LLC. It started in 2009 as a fun-loving site covering Michigan's Upper Thumb. Since then, he has authored a vast range of content and established a loyal base of 60,000 visitors per month.

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