MARION — Months of hard work came to a conclusion for many 4-H and open class students during the first couple days of the Marion Fair, as youths showed their livestock for judging.

The Marion Fair is the first fair of the season this year in Michigan, according to Osceola County 4-H Coordinator Jake Steig, and began this week with poultry, rabbit and dairy cow judging. On Tuesday, the 4-H events continued with swine, sheep, goats and beef cows taking a turn in the arena to be judged.

"The judging gives the kids the opportunity to get out and show how much time they put into training their animal," said Daryl Bode, Marion Fair Board president, adding the fair has been going well.

The midway opens today, Wednesday, and will be up and running until the fair ends on Saturday, June 23. Wednesday also is Kids' Day and includes games, a pedal pull and more for the youngsters. On Friday, fair attendees can catch a live concert by up-and-coming Nashville recording artist Eric Chesser, with opening act DeWayne Spaw. Saturday rounds up the fair week with a demolition derby.

For more information on the many events planned for the Marion Fair this week, visit