2016 Grandstand Events
The 111th annual Fair at the Petoskey Fairgrounds kicks off for the public on Tuesday, Aug. 23 and runs through Sunday, Aug. 28. The Grandstand at the Fair is where the BIG excitement takes place, Tuesday through Saturday night each year! ALL Grandstand tickets are available in advance at the Fair Office inside the Fairgrounds, 1129 Charlevoix Ave., Petoskey, or by calling (231) 347-1010; or at the gate.
Be sure to check out the many other Fair events during the week including free entertainment, karaoke contests, 4-H shows, market livestock auctions and shows, the dog agility show, Community Building vendors and exhibits and much more! Gates open daily at 10 a.m.
Here’s a look at what’s ahead:
CONCERT ANNOUNCEMENT, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016
The Emmet-Charlevoix County Fair is excited to announce that the country bands “Parmalee” and “Love and Theft” will be co-headlining the 2016 grandstand events! The bands will perform on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, starting at 7 p.m. Gates open at 6 p.m. Gold seats are $55, reserved and reserved-standing are $45, and grandstand general admission seats cost $35. New to the concert this year: An entertainment tent for those over age 21.
“We are looking forward to another year of great music, from two great bands! We think fans will love the co-headliners we have scheduled for this year – fans will be getting two big-name performances for the price of one,” said Fair Manager Agnes Shaw.
3 p.m. Pony pulls
5 p.m. Draft horse pulls
Admission for all three shows: $5 for ages 13 and up; 12 and under enter free
Come see pony, mule and draft horse teams pull their way to success. The action starts at 3 p.m. with ponies. The event wraps with the “Big Draft Teams” starting at 5 p.m. Come enjoy the fun and excitement for only $5 grandstand admission. Kids watch for free!
THUMB TRACTOR PULLS – 6 p.m.
The first-ever Thumb Tractor Pulls take place this evening. Beginning at 6 p.m. the roar of engines will be heard from huge tractors and trucks pulling tons of weight in a show of might in the grandstands; this new-to-the-fair show is put on by the Thumb Tractor Pulling Association. Locals will be able to participate in the tractor pulls; call the Fair office to inquire, (231) 347-1010.
Ages 13 & Up – $10
Ages 5-12 – $5
Under age 5 – Free
NEW! SILENT DISCO IN THE GRANDSTAND! 6 to 9 p.m.
Admission price: Just $5 for ages 5-12 and $10 for 13 and up
NEW Silent Disco a fun new Fair experience in 2016! Dance the night away at the new Silent Disco Tent in the Grandstand arena. Choose your favorite music on your own wireless headphones (provided). All ages can have fun dancing and listening to one of the stations provided – even at your preferred volume!
MONSTER TRUCK SHOOTOUT – 7 p.m.
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!
Admission: Pre-buy, 2 for $25, single $17 for ages 13 and up
Day of show $17 each for ages 13 and up; ages 2-12, $8 each. Age 2 and under admitted free.
The Michigan Monster Truck Shoot Out roars back to the Fair on Thursday, Aug. 25. You’ll see high-flying, car-crushing competition by machines like Ballistic, Predator and Prowler, plus Rap Attack and other big, bad trucks! There’s also a special performance by the MiniMonsters. After the show, you can meet the drivers who have been on ESPN and TNN, get their autographs and photos. Local drivers are invited at no charge to be in the Show & Shine and the Ugly Truck Competition. You can sign up to participate at the show. Take the whole family as this is unbelievable action-packed entertainment!
POSTER CONTEST NEW FOR 2016!
The Monster Truck Show at the Emmet-Charlevoix County Fair is already a big hit with kids each year, and this year they have even more reason to look forward to the show! A new kids’ poster contest is taking place.
Here are the details: There are two classes for entries, ages 3 to 7 and ages 8 to 12. Posters should be created to one size – 15” wide by 20” tall. Kids can choose their poster design featuring any of the trucks coming to the Fair this August; those trucks are Predator, Prowler, Ballistic, Nightmare, Reptoid and American Thunder.
The Monster Truck drivers themselves will select the winners! Kids should bring their posters to the grandstands for the judging by 6:45 p.m. on show day, Thursday, Aug. 25 (the show starts at 7 p.m.). A winner will be selected from each age group. The winners will receive a free ride ticket for carnival rides and a treat ticket for carnival concession food.
Questions? Call the Fair office at (231) 347-1010. The contest is open to all kids from all areas.
AUTO CROSS RACING 6 p.m.
Admission: $10 for 13 and up; 5-12 years $5; 4 and under enter free
Cash and trophies await the winners in the AutoCross Races Aug. 26, and all are welcome to enter! Just get a car, do some minor safety modifications like remove the side windows, show up for the racers’ check-in and then let it rip on the track. To enter and for for more info: (231) 347-1010.
Rules for the Autocross event and a registration form can be found below to download and print!
Auto Cross Rules 2016 – Learn the Emmet-Charlevoix County Fair Autocross rules in the PDF.
Auto Cross Entry Form 2016 – Download the Registration Form for the 2016 event.
COUNTRY CONCERT FEATURING PARMALEE AND LOVE & THEFT!
The Emmet-Charlevoix County Fair is excited to announce that the country bands “Parmalee” and “Love and Theft” will be co-headlining the 2016 grandstand events! The bands will perform on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, starting at 7 p.m. Gates open at 6 p.m.
Gold seats are $55, reserved and reserved-standing are $45, and grandstand general admission seats cost $35.
New to the concert this year: An entertainment tent for those over age 21.