Photo by Western Michigan Fairgrounds
Western Michigan Fair
August 9th-13th, 2022
Smaller towns set themselves apart from big cities by local events that involve the community. No where is that more prevalent than here when Ludington hosts the Western Michigan Fair.
The Western Michigan Fair is where you see your friends and neighbors, celebrate the waning days of summer, and appreciate good family values. The big cities may have the advantage over us in certain things, but nothing beats the feeling you get living in a cozy, friendly town with annual events like the Western Michigan Fair.
With the exception of WWII, the fair has been held every year since 1936 at the Mason County Fairgrounds on US-10 in Ludington. The fair was modified in 2020 due to concerns surrounding the COVID-19 virus. The fair features the midway, demolition derby, harness horse racing, entertainment, still exhibits, grandstand events, and carnival rides. But the real attraction of the fair is the 4-H exhibits and animals. Area youngsters who have worked hard the past year raising their sheep, chickens, cows, and rabbits proudly wait for the judge’s ribbon. Equestrians get their chance to showcase their horses, and homemakers busily prepare their pies and other homemade goodies for judging.
Unless otherwise noted, fair entrance is $4 per person, with children 5 and under entering free. Ride wristbands are generally $22 or $20 with coupon Thursday and Friday. Purchase a mega ride pass for $60 for unlimited rides all week!
Pre-Fair Schedule (No Midway)
Sunday, August 7th
- 4pm – Colt Stakes Harness Racing
- 6pm – Fair Kickoff Event
Monday, August 8th
- 9am – Horse Show
- 3pm – Sheep Show
- 4pm – Harness Racing
- 5pm – Still Exhibit Judging (not open to public)
- 5pm – Goat Show
Tuesday, August 9th – Dollar Day ($1 Admission, $1 Rides)
- 9am – Swine Show
- 5pm – Gates Open
- 5pm – West Shore Bank Buck Night
- 7pm – Truck & Tractor Pull, Grandstand
- 10pm – Musical Fireworks, Grandstand (Free to the Public)
Wednesday, August 10th- Kid’s Day from 12-5pm ($4 Admission, Under 5 Free)
- 9am– Beef Show
- 3pm – Rabbit Show
- 5pm – Bike & Backpack Giveaways
- 5:30pm – Crowning of Homemaker of the Year
- 6pm – Kid’s Pedal Pull
- 7pm – West Michigan Old Engine Club Garden Tractor Pull
Thursday, August 11th- Hero’s Celebration Day ($4 Admission, Seniors & Veterans Free, Shuttle Service Available)
- 9am – Poultry Show
- 12-2pm – Special Kids Day (by invitation only thru the ESD)
- 3-11pm – Read for Rides (Library Program)
- 7pm – TNT Vehicle Barrel Racing, Grandstand
Friday, August 12th – Fantastic Friday $4 Admission, Under 5 Free)
- 10am – Dairy Show
- 10am – Horse Fun Games
- 7pm – SJO Supercross, Grandstand
Saturday, August 13th- Fair Finale
- 8:30am – Stampede 5K Fun Run/Walk
- 9am – Barn Brawl Wrestling Tournament
- 11am – West Michigan Livestock Council Animal Auction
- 3pm – Farm Bureau Hay Bale Toss Contest
- 6pm – Unique Motor Sports Demolition Derby, Grandstand
Other events include Chase’s Racing Pigs with shows on Thursday-Saturday and Pirates of the Caribbean Aerial High-Wire Thrill Show with performances on Wednesday-Saturday. The Pirates of Caribbean show features a pirate ship, which will be on display on the west side of the youth building.
Events are listed according to the information available at the time of the most recent update to this story. The schedule is subject to change.
About the Mason County Fairgrounds
Think the fairgrounds are just for the fair? Not here in Ludington! The Mason County Fairgrounds gets plenty of use in the summertime, one of our favorite seasons here along the lakeshore. The 185-acre site where the fairgrounds and airport are now located was farmland purchased in 1935 from Charles G. Wing. The first fair in Mason County was held in 1936, and the fair has been held each year with the exception of during WWII.
The fairgrounds have undergone a facelift in 2013-2014, with $672,000 in improvements. They include:
- Installation of a drainage system
- Installation of gutters on animal barns
- A new nature trail in the wooded area east of the fairgrounds
- Road paving from the commercial buildings to the north side of the fairgrounds and east to Meyers Road
- Road paving in the camping area
- Making the buildings accessible for people with disabilities
- Moving the entrance north of the current site and widening it to reduce congestion
The fairgrounds are busy throughout the summer with various horse shows, including 4-H Youth, Quarterhorse shows and the AQHA/MQHA. In September, the Mason County Fairgrounds hosts the MIHA District IX Equestrian Meet. Almost every summer weekend, there’s an open air flea market at the fairgrounds, where you’ll find everything from books to furniture to tools. It’s a great place to browse and find those unique treasures.
For more information on the Western Michigan Fair, please contact the event organizer:
Western Michigan Fair Association
5302 W. US-10, Ludington, MI 49431