Marion Fair kicks off on Sunday
MARION — Entertainment, games, carnival food, rides and more for the whole family will take over the village of Marion beginning on Sunday for this year’s 74th annual Marion Fair.
Members of the Marion Fair Board have been planning for months to make this year a success and something for all ages to enjoy.
“It’s a nice, small, community fair,” said fair vice president Nancy McClung. “There are a lot of activities and everyone enjoys it.”
The fair, located on Mill Street, kicks off on Sunday evening with a free gospel concert at 7 p.m. featuring The Calvarymen in front of the grandstand. A free-will offering will be collected.
McClung said the Marion Fair is great for children, as it hosts a number of games, races and contests specifically for kids. This year, the games will begin at noon on June 27 for children ages 3 through 14. There is no cost to participate and money prizes will be given for first, second and third place. Also, all participants will receive a free hot dog and soda following the event.
Children also can receive a free identification card and create a number of items to take home in the Kids Craft Tent that day.
From 2 to 5 p.m. on June 27, a free children’s scavenger hunt will take place with a chance for a lucky winner to receive a prize drawing if he or she turns in their entry card. The scavenger hunt will also award first through third place winners with gift certificates and mega passes.
Grandstand events include a farm stock tractor pull, a heavy weight draft horse pull, draft horse show, Super Kicker Rodeo, modified truck and tractor pull and the U.S.A. Demolition Derby. New this year to the grandstand is Michigan Lawn Mower Racing, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday. Admission is $5.
Mega passes are available and are $35 for adults and $15 for children 12 years old and younger. The passes allow entrance for six grandstand events or the purchase of one pass can allow six people to enter one event.
Midway rides and games are provided by Schmidt Amusements and will be available in the afternoon until 10 p.m. from Tuesday through June 29. Unlimited ride arm bands and single tickets will be available.
In addition, more than 100 children and teens involved in local 4-H programs will be in attendance to showcase their animals and other projects.
Other fair attractions include VFW Bingo from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. from Tuesday through Saturday, exhibits in the Home Arts Building from noon until 8 p.m. from Tuesday through Saturday and pony rides, livestock exhibits and flea markets.
Marion Fair President Howard McCrimmon said the Marion Fair is one aspect of the village people enjoy most.
“I think the whole community takes pride in the fact that we have a fair,” McCrimmon said.
He added the fair is a safe, clean and family-oriented venue with affordable prices, which could not be done without the volunteers and financial assistance of local businesses and individuals.
For more information about the Marion Fair or to purchase mega passes, call Nancy McClung at (231) 743-6451 or visit www.marionfair.com.