Lenawee County Fair runs through Saturday
When the Lenawee County Fair opens each summer, people from all around get involved, including Tecumseh residents. Michigan’s oldest fair, which had its beginnings in 1839, opened Sunday, July 21, with a parade through downtown Adrian and onto the fair and event grounds. Chloe Hackett, of Tecumseh, represented The Dance Center, of Adrian, with some other girls as a parade participant. Chloe rode in a convertible as a Dance Center Studio titleholder, “Junior Miss Dance With Heart,” following a float the studio assembled. “The dancers also performed on stage [band shell] on Tuesday, July 23, at 5:30 p.m.” said Chloe’s mother, artist Mary Haas-Hackett, who took part in fair activities in another way. “I got to judge 4-H artwork this year,” she said. “It was an enjoyable experience and a nice way to apply my art background.”Judging for 4-H projects began a couple of days before the fair’s opening, with colored ribbons being awarded to youths such as Brock and Gabby Corley, of Britton-Macon, who exhibited two meat turkeys each and received A-Award Blue Ribbons that could be seen on Sunday. Various events and competitions are scheduled each day throughout fair week.The first Lenawee County Fair was held on October 1-2 in 1839. In 1860, the county actually held four fairs, including the Northern Lenawee Ag Society Fair in Tecumseh. A special fair museum on the grounds holds documentation, photographs and artifacts from previous fairs, including framed photos of past big-name entertainers. For years, Vonda Fisher, of Raisin Township, served as historian. Beth DeJonghe, of the Britton-Macon area, has since accepted the mantle.Each year’s fair is chock full of entertainment at the grandstand and band shell, including homegrown talent, along with opportunities to view animal and static exhibits, largely prepared by area 4-H youths. This year’s big-name show was Easton Corbin with guests The Lost Trailers, country acts that were scheduled to perform on Wednesday evening. There’s still time to catch grandstand entertainment including a Figure 8 Car and Truck Demo on Thursday, July 25, at 7 p.m.; a Diesel Truck and Farm Stock Tractor Pull on Friday, July 26, at 7 p.m.; Yoder’s Horse Pulling on Saturday, July 27, at 11 a.m.; and the Tuff Truck and Car Competition at 7 p.m. Saturday. Fireworks will follow Saturday’s show to cap off the fair.Special days left this week are: • Senior Citizen’s Day, Thursday, July 25, featuring senior events at the band shell such as a Euchre tournament at 1 p.m., and a Name That Tune Sing-Along at 4 p.m. A special movie night will be held for late-night guests at 10 p.m. at the band shell• Ag Day, Friday, July 26, such morning activities as a Goat Skillathon in the Goat Barn and a Sheep Skillathon in the Dairy Barn at 9 a.m. • Merchant’s Day, Saturday, July 27, with a 4-H Champion Showmanship Sweepstakes in the show barn at 1 p.m., and several band shell performances.Gate admission is $5. For more information, visit www.lenfair.com, or call 263.3007.