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 this year’s Grandstand Events below, and remember to check out the many other fair events during the week! Gates open daily at 10 a.m. The Fair’s beer tent is open Wednesday through Saturday, starting at 5 p.m.

Country Concert August 23, 2023

Tickets are now on sale!

Gates will open at 5 pm, the Nate Smith Concert begins at 7 pm, and Dylan Scott will perform at 8:30 pm. Come early and enjoy the beer tent, opening at 5 pm.


  • Only bags that are clear plastic, vinyl, or PVC and do not exceed 12″x 6″ x 12″ are allowed past the gates.
  • One-gallon clear plastic freezer bags (Ziplock bags or similar) are allowed past the gates.




Monster Truck Throwdown 

August 24th and 25th

Monster Truck Throwdown returns to the Emmet-Charlevoix County Fair for two high nights of action on August 24/25 and will feature a monster truck backflip attempt in Northern Michigan for the first time ever! Don’t miss all the family entertainment starting at 5:30 with the FREE Track Party before the show. Brought to you by Bob Mathers Ford of Boyne City,  Jim Reihl’s Friendly Ford/Automotive Group of Charlevoix, Gibson Excavating of Petoskey, and Harbor Rustproofing at MD Auto of Harbor Springs, Michigan.

Come early and enjoy the beer tent at 5 pm. The pit party & gates open at 5 pm (no charge for the pit party). Engines roar at 7 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.







Autocross Racing

Gates open at 4 pm; Autocross begins at 5 pm. The beer tent will open at 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 August 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.




Cornhole Tournament

This event is brought to you by Cornhole America and the Michigan Cornhole League. They have been running cornhole events for over 17 years!


  • Doubles Round Robin 4 games for bracket seeding into a double elimination tournament. (Min of 6 games per team)
  • We may have multiple Tiers of double elimination based on the number of participants.
  • CASH PRIZES to Tier 1 Double elimination tournament
1st place $500
2nd place $300
3rd place $200
Tier 2 Prizes (TBD)
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?
If you are familiar with Scoreholio, you can register at this link:
Otherwise, please send an email to [email protected]
with your two players’ names and email addresses.
A cash entry fee of $40 / team is due at the time of check-in.

Sponsor the 2023 Emmet-Charlevoix County Fair Cornhole Tournament! The cost is $400, and the sponsor will get the boards at night’s end. Click here for the sponsorship form, which includes one free team entry (2 players) per sponsorship.

2023 OPEN HORSE SHOW Saturday, July 29th, 8:30 am Rain or Shine *4-H animal health and safety rules apply to all exhibitors *Age determined as of January 1st, 2023 *Proof of negative coggins test for the current year is required *See fair book General Rules for losses, health restrictions, etc. ENTRY FEE: $5.00 per class Stall Fees: $25.00 each ($5.00 refund when cleaned) Camping Fees: $25.00 per night Premiums: 1st $25.00 2nd $21.00 3rd $18.00 4th $15.00 Awards: Halter and Performance – Ribbons 1st through 6th Speed – Ribbons 1st through 6th Exhibitor may be denied the privilege of showing if the horse is considered dangerous. Also may be denied for abusive treatment of horses or unsportsmanlike behavior. Any disputes will be decided by the show committee. For all of the details, CLICK HERE. To register your horse, CLICK HERE.