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U.P. county fairs on the verge of returning this summer

Gogebic County and Marquette County Fair boards looking forward to seeing the public have fun
Updated: Jun. 8, 2021 at 6:54 PM EDT
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SANDS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WLUC) - The sight of empty county fairgrounds will not be seen in 2021. Fairs like the one in Gogebic County are coming back, and fair board chairperson Jim Lorenson is excited.

“You’ll see a good old county fair with a carnival, exhibits, livestock auctions, harness racing, etc.,” said Lorenson.

Lorenson says the board and the public were disappointed in last year’s cancellation. Now, with this year’s event currently moving forward, he says people are looking forward to enjoying the festivities. He also says the board is on standby in case any health guidelines change in the coming weeks.

“There has to be a firm amount of flexibility built into the planning so that we can pivot if we need to or add something if we need to or change or go into a different direction,” he said.

Over at the Marquette County Fairgrounds in Sands Township, board president Walt Maki says the board used the year off to make the fairgrounds better.

“We painted up and spruced up,” Maki stated. “We spent the whole year just doing improvements. People are really going to love to see the new improvements when they come this year.”

At the moment, the entertainment has been booked, a new carnival will be on site, and the livestock buildings are getting prepared. Maki also says there will be one adjustment made to the livestock auctions.

“Some of the people who would normally have livestock didn’t get to have their last show,” he explained. “So, we’re inviting them back this year. It’s kind of an extra year for them.”

The Gogebic County Fair and Marquette County Fair both return on August 12th, as both boards look forward to seeing all of the patrons once again have family summer fun and a great time.

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