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People’s Choice Award Winner for 2015 is Lurle Vaughan

Peoples Choice quilt 2015 WEB

Lurle Vaughan of Petoskey is the 2015 winner of the Peoples Choice award for the quilt entries at the Emmet Charlevoix County Fair. Lurle began quilting by taking a class almost 20 years ago and soon began working on this year’s winning quilt. She enjoys the process of hand piecing and hand quilting.

In addition to receiving a certificate and a special Fair ribbon, the Fair will make a donation to the Little Traverse Bay Humane Society in her name.


It’s the 110th annual Emmet-Charlevoix County Fair!

County star Chris Young headlines 2015 Fair Week Aug. 25-30; new events to celebrate 110 years!

Fair 2015 media release PDF

PETOSKEY – The 110th annual Emmet-Charlevoix County Fair will welcome new events and old favorites to the Petoskey Fairgrounds Aug. 25-30 – including country music star Chris Young, MXR Supercross motorcycle racing and the return of the always-popular Monster Truck Shootout!

This year is also a special one for the local fair that marks 110 years of community and 4-H activities at the Petoskey Fairgrounds. “We are celebrating all Fair Week long! We are so proud to have been such an integral part of the Emmet County community for 110 years, and each year we think the Fair keeps getting better and better,” said Agnes Shaw, who is taking on her 21st year as Fair Manager. “This year in particular, we want to thank the public for your continued support of the Fair, for the 4-H kids and their families who work so hard all year preparing for this annual event, and for attending our exciting grandstand shows. Thank you for 110 great years!”

While the Fair officially kicks off on Aug. 22 with open class registrations for 4-H participants, the carnival and grandstand events begin on Tuesday, Aug. 25. The Skerbeck Family Carnival returns that day, opening at 2 p.m. The rest of the week, the carnival opens at noon; kids’ days where children of all ages can ride for one price are Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 26-27. On Friday, Aug. 28, all rides are $1 from Noon to 6 p.m.

On Tuesday the 25th, senior citizens and “handicapable” guests are admitted into the fairgrounds free of charge until 6 p.m.

Also beginning Tuesday, the Community Building is open daily for fairgoers to visit vendor booths and meander through the many exhibits showcasing the talents of locals in agricultural, creative, artistic and canning pursuits. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The Grandstand lineup is particularly strong for this year’s Fair, Shaw noted. Tuesday night brings the annual show of might, the Open Horse Pulls, beginning at 6 p.m. On Wednesday night, catch the new MXR Supercross motorcycles as they race around the track. (Those interested in racing can call Adam Martin at (616-318-2694.)

Thursday night brings the Monster Truck Shootout, on a new night and with a new intermission show: motorcycle stunt driver Scott Murray will wow the crowds. Friday night Petoskey welcomes Chris Young live to the stage; Fair officials expect a huge crowd for this big-name country star who is known for hits like “Voices,” “Lonely Eyes” and “I can take it from there.” Saturday night, Aug. 29, Autocross will roar into the Fairgrounds; always a crowd favorite this event has a new time this year, beginning at 6 p.m.

Complete ticket pricing and event information can be found at the NEW Emmet County Fair web site, www.emmetchxfair.org or by calling the Fair Office at (231) 347-1010; or stopping by the office at 1129 Charlevoix Ave/US 31 in Petoskey. Email is info@emmetchxfair.org

Other notes for the week:

–          Community Building, with exhibits and vendors, is open daily starting Tuesday, Aug. 25, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Restrooms are located within this air-conditioned building.

–          Beginning Monday, Aug. 24, there are 4-H open class and livestock shows daily. The Market Livestock Auction takes place at 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27.

–          Free entertainment throughout the week includes the band Second Time Around, from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, at the Community Building Outdoor Stage. Each day, Nick’s Kids’ Shows take place along the Midway near the Fair Office.

–          The Dog Agility Show on Wednesday at noon wows the crowd with some exciting dog talents; it takes place in the open area between the Grandstand and the Fair Office.

–          Karaoke contests take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26; call the Fair office to register.

–          Two new free kids’ activities are planned this year: Pedal pulling by the barns at noon on Wednesday, Aug. 26, and a free craft build project sponsored by Home Depot from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27.

–          A Fair Fun Pass for $60 will get you admission to all Grandstand events, including the Chris Young concert, Supercross and the Monster Truck Shootout! Limited quantity available; call the Fair office at 231-347-1010 for details or stop by the office at the Fairgrounds.

–          Mega Ride wristbands for the carnival can be purchased for $60 by Aug. 24, or for $70 thereafter, for unlimited rides all weeklong. These can also be purchased online at http://skerbeck.com/tickets or in the Fair office.

–          Gate admission to the Fairgrounds is $5 for those 13 and older; kids under age 12 enter free. Parking is free at the fair.

For more information about Fair events, tickets and the grounds, call the Fair office at (231) 347-1010 or email info@emmetchxfair.org