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Northwestern Michigan Fair in Traverse City

August 4th-10th, 2024

The Northwestern Michigan Fair in Traverse City is held in mid-August. It was established in 1908 and has been held at its current location on Blair Townhall Road, Traverse City, since 1975. The fair continues to follow its original purpose of celebrating area agriculture and youth programs.

Gates are open from 8am-11pm, Livestock Barns are open from 10am–10pm, Exhibit Building is open from 10am–10pm (Mon-Sat), Midway is open Mon-Sat (see below for times)

Here’s a list of events that typically take place during the event:

Sunday, Family Day

*Gate Price: $1, Midway Closed*

  • Church Service in Grandstands
  • Pancake Breakfast
  • 4-H Cavy & Rabbit Showmanship
  • 4-H Differently-Abled Program
  • 4-H Goat Obstacle, Draft Showmanship, & Pack
  • 4-H Dog Agility followed by Rally Obedience Demonstration
  • Horse Pulls

Monday, Veterans/Seniors Day

*Gate Price: $1, Midway Opens at 5pm*

  • 4-H Horse Show
  • 4-H Breed Cavies, Market Rabbits, Breed Rabbits
  • 4-H Swine Showmanship, Cloverbuds
  • Veterans’ Quilt Raffle
  • Cherry Pie Award Winner & Red Star Yeast Baking Price Announced
  • Goat Talent & Costume Show/Parade
  • Bingo
  • Homemaker of the Year Presentation
  • Veterans’ Memorial & Ice Cream Social
  • 4-H Lamb Showmanship & Breed
    Lawnmower Races
  • 4-H Goat Run

Tuesday, 4-H Day

*Midway Opens at 12pm*

  • 4-H Horse Show
  • 4-H Swine Market
    Open Lamb Showmanship & Breed
  • 4-H Lamb Market
  • Home Economics and Arts Demonstrations
  • Veterans’ Quilt Raffle
  • Bingo
  • 4-H Goat Breed, Showmanship, & Market
  • Open Steer, D. Feeder, & Jr. Beef Showmanship
  • 4-H Jr. Beef, Dairy Feeder Market
  • 4-H & Open Llama & Alpaca- Costume, Showmanship/Halter
  • 4-H Cloverbud Dairy Feeder & Jr. Beef Showmanship
  • 4-H Steer Market
  • Truck Pulls
  • 4-H Goat Run

Wednesday, Kids & Special Kids Day

*8am-12pm: Free Admission for Special Kids of all ages, Midway Opens at 12pm*

  • 4-H & Open Poultry & Waterfowl Market, Breed
  • Differently-Abled Program Petting Zoo
  • 4-H Dairy Feeder, Jr. Beef, & Steer Showmanship, Cloverbud
  • Rabbit Skillathon
  • 4-H Differently Abled Horse Show
  • Learn How to Knit & Crochet
  • Veterans’ Quilt Raffle
  • Home Depot Make and Take
  • Michael’s Make and Take
  • Home Depot Hands on Project
  • 4-H Parent/Leader Beef Showmanship
  • 4-H Poultry Showmanship
  • Bingo
  • Open Dairy Feeder, Jr. Beef, Steer Showmanship
  • 4-H & Open Llama & Alpaca Obstacle Course, Pack Class
  • Mud Runs
  • 4-H Goat Run

Thursday, AG Day

*Midway Open at 12pm*

  • 4-H Auction & Livestock Market
  • Learn to Quilt
  • Veterans’ Quilt Raffle
  • 4-H Buyers’ Luncheon
  • Bingo
  • Interquilten Demonstration
  • Super Kicker Rodeo
  • 4-H Goat Run

Friday, Demolition Day

*Midway Open at 12pm*

  • Open Horse Show
  • 4-H Dog Obedience & Showmanship
  • Blood Drive
  • 4-H Cloverbud Showmanship- Sheep, Rabbits, Cavies, Goats, Poultry
  • Veterans’ Quilt Raffle
  • Bingo
  • 4-H Talent Show
  • Demo Derby
  • 4-H Goat Run

Saturday, Fair Finale Day

*Midway Opens at 12pm*

  • 4-H Grand Champion Showman Round Robin
  • Veterans’ Quilt Raffle
  • 4-H Parade Of Champions & Cloverbud Parade
  • Fair Queen Pageant
  • Bingo
  • 4-H Awards Program
  • Tough Truck Competition
  • 4-H Goat Run

For more information on the Northwestern Michigan Fair, please contact the event organizer:

Northwestern Michigan Fair Board

3606 Blair Townhall Rd., Traverse City, MI 49685

(231) 943-4150

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