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JACKSON COUNTY, MI – Get ready for fried food, carnival rides and a great lineup of entertainment at the 2022 Jackson County Fairgrounds.

The fair and all of its familiar favorites are scheduled to open Sunday, August 7 and run through Saturday, August 13 at the Jackson County Fairgrounds/Keeley Park, 200 W. Ganson St.

Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children 6-10, and free for children 5 and under.

Attendees of the 168th fair will find their usual favorites in action, including carnival rides, 4-H barn animals, fair food and a full range of entertainment, said Denise Owens, county fair manager. Jackson.

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Here’s your guide to this year’s fair, including where to park, grandstand shows and the full schedule of events.

Where to park:

The Old State Prison site on North Street is available for parking, along with two other lots along North Street.

Parking is $5. A free shuttle will take people from the car park to the north entrance of the fairgrounds.

Fair food

More than 60 food vendors are expected at the fair this year.

This includes the ever-popular Fiske fries, a bubble tea stand, donuts, Frick’n Good cookies, outlaw roast corn and more. A cafe, set up by Eaton County’s Robin’s Nest will also be available inside the Gumper Building.

Mounted

The rides are placed in an upside-down U-shaped section in the former infield of the harness racing track.

Wristbands are $30 (available Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday), or $25 before that, at the American 1 Credit Union Event Center, 128 W. Ganson St., or any American 1 Credit Union branch in Jackson County .

Rides are $2 on Tuesdays.

Free daily act

New to the fair this year is Safari Sam and Oscar the Awesome Ostrich’s free ride act, which is a man riding an ostrich puppet.

Another novelty this year is an exhibition of draft horses at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 11, in the grandstand.

Performances by ELVIS, Black Jake & The Carnies, Chelsea House Orchestra. Bad Mojo and LeadFoot will be on the Keeley Stage throughout the week.

The popular animal whelping barn is also open daily to the north of the grandstand.

Grandstand events

The comedy show Larry the Cable Guy and Jeff Foxworthy kicks off the entertainment fair on Sunday, August 7, with award-winning rock bands Collective Soul and Switchfoot taking the stage on Monday, August 8.

Country music’s Hank Williams Jr., with special guest Granger Smith, featuring Earl Dibbles Jr., will perform on Tuesday, August 9.

Tickets are still available for the shows, but they are running out quickly, Owens said.

Tickets can be purchased on the Jackson County Fair website or Etix.comin person at the Jackson County Fair Box Office at the North Administrative Entrance of the American 1 Event Center, 128 W. Ganson St., or by phone at 800-514-3849 or 517-788-4405.

Other grandstand events

A monster truck show is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 10. Boxes tickets are $20 and general admission is $12.

The Twisted P Rodeo is Friday August 12 and Saturday evening August 13, with the demolition derby. Boxes tickets for both events are $15 and general admission is $10.

Time

Heat and a chance of rain are in the weather forecast to start the great week so far.

According to the National Weather Service, Sunday, August 7 shows a chance of showers after 9 a.m. with a high of 89. Tonight will cool to a low of 67, but still includes a chance of showers.

Monday August 8 shows a chance of showers again, with a high of 82 and a low of 60. Tuesday August 9 looks rather sunny with a high of 81.

Full schedule

Sunday August 7: Preview Day

Reduced gate entry and no carnival rides

8:30 a.m. – 4-H Bunny Judging

9 a.m. – Judging of 4-H horses and ponies

11 a.m. – 4-H Sheep Judging

Noon – Opening of the fair, flag-raising ceremony, opening of the merchants’ tent

2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. – Amateur Radio Demonstration in the Gumper Building

2:00 p.m. – Hospitality Tent, at the south end of the grandstand

5:00 p.m. – Still Wandering, located at the Keeley Stage

6 p.m. – 4-H Dairy Showmanship

7:00 p.m. – Grandstand show: Larry the Cable Guy and Jeff Foxworthy

Monday August 8: Seniors Day / Pay-One-Price Day

People aged 65 and over enter for free. Ride wristbands will be sold for $30 until 8:30 p.m.

9:00 a.m. – 4-H Beef Judging

9:00 a.m. – Infield Draft Horse Judging

10 a.m. to 10 p.m. – Opening of the bingo tent

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Amateur Radio Demonstration in the Gumper Building

11 a.m. – Senior program on the pavilion stage

Noon – ELVIS on the Keeley Stage

2:00 p.m. – 4-H Hog Judging

2:00 p.m. – Rides open

5 p.m. – ELVIS on the Keeley Stage

5:00 p.m. Hospitality tent at the south end of the grandstand

7 p.m. – Grandstand show: Collective Soul and Switchfoot

Tuesday, August 9: $2 Tuesday

$2 admission, $2 food specials, $2 vendor specials, and $2 rides

8:00 a.m. – 4-H Hog Judging

9 a.m. – Judging of 4-H horses and ponies

9 a.m. – Poultry 4-H

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – HG Photo Booth at the Gumper Stage

Midday. 10:00 p.m. – Opening of the bingo tent

1 p.m. – Poultry show

1:00 p.m. – Black Jake & The Carnies at the Keeley Stage

2:00 p.m. – Rides open

4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. – Amateur Radio Demonstration in the Gumper Building

5 p.m. – Black Jake & The Carnies on the Keeley Stage

5:00 p.m. – Hospitality tent at the south end of the grandstand

6:00 p.m. – 4-H Beef Judging

7 p.m. – Grandstand show: Hank Williams Jr. and Granger Smith

Wednesday August 10: Pay-One-Price Day

Participants can purchase wristbands for the rides once inside. They will be sold for $30 until 8:30 p.m.

9:00 a.m. – 4-H Dairy Judging and Open Class

9:00 a.m. – 4-H Goat Judging

1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. – Opening of the bingo tent

1:00 p.m. – 4-H Dairy Judges Contest

1:00 p.m. – Chelsea House Orchestra at Keeley Stage

2:00 p.m. – Rides open

3:00 p.m. – 4-H Livestock Judging

4:00 p.m. – 4-H Horse and Pony Showmanship/Championship and Hippology Awards

5:00 p.m. – Chelsea House Orchestra at Keeley Stage

7:00 p.m. – Big Animal Contest Show

7:00 p.m. – Grandstand show: ATR Monster Trucks

Thursday August 11: Pay-One-Price Day/Veterans Day

Veterans are admitted free. Ride Wristbands can be purchased inside for $30 until 8:30 p.m.

9 a.m. – Ponies and saddle horses judging

9:00 a.m. – 4-H Tractor Handling

12:00 p.m. – Big Animal Buyers and 4-H Auction Luncheon

1 p.m. Doors open to the public

1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. – Opening of the bingo tent

2:00 p.m. – Rides open

2:00 p.m. – 4-H Big Animal Auction

4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – Amateur Radio Demonstration at the Gumper Building

5:00 p.m. – Hospitality tent at the south end of the grandstand

6:00 p.m. – K105.3 “McKibbin Multimedia Group Games Night” at Keeley Stage

Friday August 12: Pay-One-Price Day and Veterans Day.

Veterans are admitted free. Ride Wristbands can be purchased inside for $30 until 8:30 p.m.

9 a.m. – Open Beef Show

11 a.m. – Farm Bureau Corn Hole Contest at the north end of Infield

1:00 p.m. – Luncheon for small animal buyers and 4-H auction

2 p.m. – 4-H Small Animal Auction

2 p.m. to 10 p.m. – Opening of the bingo tent

2:00 p.m. – Rides open

5 p.m. – Bad Mojo on the Keeley Stage

5:00 p.m. – Hospitality tent at the south end of the grandstand

7 p.m. – Bad Mojo on the Keeley stage

7 p.m. – Twisted P Rodeo on the grandstand

Saturday August 13: Kids Day (1 day ticket)

Children 10 and under enter free. Adults are $5

9:00 AM, Horse Show Open

12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. – Bingo tent opens

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Amateur Radio Demonstration in the Gumper Building

11 a.m. – Farm Bureau Corn Hole Contest at the north end of Infield

1:00 p.m. – Small animal contest

1:00 p.m. – Rides Open

1:00 p.m. – LeadFoot at Keeley Stage

2:00 p.m. – Bingo tent opens

2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Character Children’s Day Event

7 p.m. – LeadFoot at Keeley Stage

7:00 p.m. – Demo Derby and Enduro Cars in the grandstand

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