Western Michigan Fair in Ludington

August 10-14, 2021

Smaller towns set themselves apart from big cities by local events that involve the community. No where is that more prevalent than here when Ludington hosts the Western Michigan Fair.

The Western Michigan Fair is where you see your friends and neighbors, celebrate the waning days of summer, and appreciate good family values. The big cities may have the advantage over us in certain things, but nothing beats the feeling you get living in a cozy, friendly town with annual events like the Western Michigan Fair.

Unless otherwise noted, fair entrance is $3 per person, with children 5 and under entering free. Ride wristbands are generally $22 or $20 with coupon Thursday and Friday. Purchase a mega ride pass for $60 for unlimited rides all week!

The Western Michigan Fair Association modified the 2020 fair schedule because of health and safety concerns relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. The fair was limited to livestock shows and the West Michigan Livestock Council Auction. There was no entertainment, still exhibits, grandstand events, or carnival rides.

Here's what happened in 2019:

Tuesday, August 6th

Fair entrance and all rides are $1 on opening day; wristbands good for unlimited rides from 3-11pm are $22 - Midway opens at 3pm
9am - Swine Show
10am - Horse Show
3pm - Midway Opens
4pm - Hayloft Entertainment Tent
5pm - West Shore Bank Family Buck Night- First 500 children through the gate receive a $1 bill
7pm - Michigan Tractor & Truck Pullers in the Grandstand, Admission is $10
Dusk - Fireworks at dusk with music, Free to Fairgoers
11pm- Midway closes

Wednesday, August 7th

Kid's Day- All Day Unlimited Wristbands good from 12-5pm, $15 - Midway opens at 12pm
11am - Fair gates open
12pm - Midway Opens
1pm - Hayloft Entertainment Tent Opens
5pm - Bike Drawing in the Hayloft Entertainment Tent
5:30pm - Western Michigan Fair 2019 Homemaker announced
6pm - Marek's Music Makers in the Hayloft Entertainment Tent
7pm - Extreme Rodeo in the Grandstand, Admission is $12
11pm - Midway closes

Thursday, August 8th

Hero's Celebration Day- All veterans and senior citizens admitted free, Shuttle service from parking lot available - Midway opens at 3pm, Unlimited ride wristbands- $22 ($20 with coupons located at various businesses throughout Mason County)
3pm - Midway Opens
4-11pm - Read for Rides ticket holders. Forms available at the Ludington or Scottville Libraries.
4pm - Hayloft Entertainment Tent
3pm - Livestock Auction in Show/Sale barn
7pm - Garden Tractor Pull in the Grandstand, Free Admission
Midway closes at 11pm

Friday, August 9th

Fantastic Friday - Midway opens at 3pm
11am - Fair gates open
3pm - Midway Opens
4pm - Hayloft Entertainment Tent
5pm - Pedal Pull for Kids in the Show/Sale Barn
7pm - SJO Supercross in the Grandstand- Admission $10; Pit Passes $13
11pm - Midway closes

Saturday, August 10th

Fair Finale - Midway opens at 12pm
8:30am - Stampede 5k Fun Run/Walk
9am - Annual Barn Brawl (youth wrestling) in the Show/Sale Barn.
11am - Fair gates open
12pm - Midway Opens
2pm - Hayloft Entertainment Tent
3pm - Hay Bale Toss Contest
6:30pm - Night of Destruction Demolition Derby in the Grandstand- Admission $15; pit passes $20
11pm - Midway closes

Events are listed according to the information available at the time of the most recent update to this story. The schedule is subject to change. For more information, see www.masoncountyfairgrounds.com.

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More About the Western Michigan Fair

With the exception of WWII, the fair has been held every year since 1936 at the Mason County Fairgrounds on US-10 in Ludington. The public enjoys the midway, demolition derby, harness horse racing, and grandstand shows. But the real attraction of the fair is the 4-H exhibits and animals. Area youngsters who have worked hard the past year raising their sheep, chickens, cows, and rabbits proudly wait for the judge's ribbon. Equestrians get their chance to showcase their horses, and homemakers busily prepare their pies and other homemade goodies for judging.

About the Mason County Fairgrounds

Improvements have recently been made to the fairgrounds, including:
  • Installation of a drainage system
  • Installation of gutters on animal barns
  • A new nature trail in the wooded area east of the fairgrounds
  • Road paving from the commercial buildings to the north side of the fairgrounds and east to Meyers Road
  • Road paving in the camping area
  • Making the buildings accessible for people with disabilities
  • Moving the entrance north of the current site and widening it to reduce congestion

More Things to Do...

For more activities & attractions, check out these additional links for Things to Do in West Michigan:

West Michigan Map
Ludington Activities & Things to Do -- Play on a beautiful beach, take a tour at Historic White Pine Village, or explore the barn quilt trail, murals or sculptures in the county--Ludington offers many fun things to do for the entire family!
Have Fun in Manistee, Michigan -- Explore Manistee's historic downtown district and riverwalk, hike the Manistee National Forest, canoe on the Manistee River, and more.
Hamlin Lake -- Just 4 miles north of Ludington, Hamlin Lake is a great destination for boating, fishing and climbing dunes! The Hamlin Lake shoreline is also part of the Ludington State Park.
Silver Lake Sand Dunes -- Visiting the Silver Lake Sand Dunes makes for a terrific vacation because you can take your off-road vehicle for a spin on the scenic sand dunes overlooking Lake Michigan and Silver Lake.
Things to Do in Pentwater, Michigan -- Nothing is quite like the quaint, artsy, harbortown village of Pentwater. Don't miss the popular Charles Mears State Park beach on Pentwater's Lake Michigan shoreline.
Lots of Activities in Scottville, Michigan -- Explore the Riverside Park along the National Scenic Pere Marquette River.
Canoeing or Fishing on the Pere Marquette River -- Many boat liveries offer canoe rentals.
Also, check out West Michigan Guides and our locally produced WestMichigan.MichBiz.com directory for our largest lists of Things to Do in West Michigan.
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Last Updated: 01-21-2021 12:02 PM ID: 214