Grandstand Events

The 117th annual Emmet-Charlevoix County Fair at the Petoskey Fairgrounds kicks off for the public on Tuesday, August 22, and runs through Sunday, August 27. The Grandstand at the Fair is where the BIG excitement occurs every Tuesday through Saturday night! ALL grandstand tickets can be purchased online at the Fair Office inside the Fairgrounds (1129 Charlevoix Ave. in Petoskey) or by calling (231) 347-1010. Tickets will also be available at the gate.

See all of this year’s Grandstand Events below, and don’t forget to check out the many other fair events going on during the week! Gates open daily at 10 a.m. The Fair’s beer tent is open Wednesday through Saturday, starting at 4 p.m.



Tuesday, August 22

Are you ready to throw some bags for our 2nd Annual Cornhole America tournament?

Cornhole America and the Michigan Cornhole League bring this event to you. We have been running cornhole events for over 16 years!

Here is how it works:

  • We will run a Round Robin Style event where teams of 2 (grab your partner) randomly compete against other teams. After the Round Robin is completed, Teams will be seeded in a double-elimination bracket!
  • The Top 5 teams will get their share of the prize money! We expect to pay out $1000.00 in Cash prizes to the top 5 teams.
    The Round Robin event starts at 6:00 PM- boards will be set up by 5 pm for practice, and we will begin checking players in/registering at 5 pm as well.

How do you register?

Registration and sponsorship details are coming soon! Check back often.


Advertise your business or organization on a custom set of cornhole boards that you take home after the tournament. More information is coming soon!


American Country Music Concert

AUGUST 23, 2023


Roarin’ Back for Two Nights of Action


Monster Truck
August 24th and 25th

Monster Truck Throwdown is motorized entertainment like no other! And in 2023, the monster trucks are back at the Emmet-Charlevoix County Fair for TWO BIG NIGHTS! The speed, style, and destruction of Monster Truck Throwdown assault the senses and captivate audiences of all ages with high-flying thrills and larger-than-life fire-breathing machines jam-packed together and delivered in an affordable family experience.

Come early and enjoy the beer tent at 4 pm Gates open at 5 pm Tickets are $22 each for adults (age 12 and over). Tickets are $11 each for children ages 2-12, with under age two admitted at no charge. (plus minimal credit card & processing fees). Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the Fair Box Office at 231-347-1010.

Saturday, August 26 @ 5 pm



Admission: $16 each for ages 13 and up; $6 for ages 5-12 years with children age 4 and under admitted free

Cash and trophies await the winners in the AutoCross Races on Aug. 26, and all are welcome to enter! To enter and for more info: (231) 347-1010. For the autocross event entry form, rules, and waiver, click here to download and print.

See you in August at the Fair!