Western Michigan Fair

Photo by Western Michigan Fairgrounds

August, 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 public enjoys the midway, demolition derby, harness horse racing, and grandstand shows. 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 judgin

Unless otherwise noted, fair entrance is $3 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! Typically, the fair would include entertainment, still exhibits, grandstand events, and carnival rides.

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Typical Pre-Fair Schedule

Sunday

  • 4pm- Harness Races

Monday

  • 9am- Horse Show
  • 3pm- Sheep Show
  • 4pm- Harness Races

Typical Fair Schedule

Tuesday- Dollar Day

  • 3pm- Midway Opens
  • Truck & Tractor Pull at the Grandstand
  • 10pm- Fireworks

Wednesday- Kid’s Day

  • 12pm- Midway Opens
  • Kid’s Pedal Pull
  • West Michigan Old Engine Club Garden Tractor Pull
  • Bike & Backpack Giveaways
  • Beef Show
  • Rabbit Show
  • Crowning of Homemaker of the Year

Thursday

  • 12-2pm- Special Kids Day
  • 3pm- Midway Opens
  • Read for Rides Program
  • Poultry Show

Friday

  • 3pm- Midway Opens
  • 7pm- SJS Supercross at the Grandstand
  • Dairy Show
  • Horse Show

Saturday

  • 8:30am- Stampede 5k & Run/Walk
  • 9am- Barn Brawl
  • 11am- Livestock Auction
  • 12pm- Midway Opens
  • 3pm- Hay Bale Toss
  • 6:30pm- Motorsports Demo at the Grand

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

231-843-8563

masoncountyfairgrounds.com

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