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2010-08-12 / News

Eastern Michigan Fair going on now

Alexandria Curatolo, 11, and Lelia Wagner, 12, both of Dryden, check out Vlad the alligator, who is 4 years old, with his handler Karen Niezgucki at the Eastern Michigan Fair Tuesday. Photo by Emily Caswell Alexandria Curatolo, 11, and Lelia Wagner, 12, both of Dryden, check out Vlad the alligator, who is 4 years old, with his handler Karen Niezgucki at the Eastern Michigan Fair Tuesday. Photo by Emily Caswell IMLAY CITY — Grab the kiddies and head to Imlay City now through Saturday, Aug. 14 for the Eastern Michigan Fair.

Families will find lots of carnival rides, games and goodies along with a circus, grand stand shows, musical entertainment and lots of live animals thanks to the 4-H and FFA exhibits.

The fair is open from noon-11 p.m. now through Saturday.

Admission, which is $15, includes parking, unlimited rides, access to all of the grandstand shows, the 4-H and FFA exhibits, petting zoo, the circus — which features white tigers this year — and more.

“We’re by far the best value going,” said Fair Manager Ian Kempf.

Fun still to come this week includes Superman Motocross at 7 p.m. today, Thursday, Aug. 12, an Auto Cross Bump & Run at 7 p.m. Friday and a Demo Derby at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Also keeping crowds wowed this year is the new Alligator Encounter, which families can check out during the fair in a tent located near the fair office.

“That’s something brand new,” said Kempf. “Their emphasis is on education ... That’s a real hands-on exhibit.”

There is also a beverage tent for adults and plenty of food, including a new doughnut burger offered at the Lions Club food booth. The doughnut burger is pretty much what it sounds like, a 1/3 pound burger, cheese and bacon with a glazed doughnut for the bun.

“This is an item that has caught on at a number of state fairs around the U.S.,” said Lions member Terry Gebhardt. “It’s strange and different, but it will catch people’s attention.”

Along with the food and fun what Kempf is hoping really catches people’s attention is the state of the fairgrounds themselves. His fun comes from hearing families comment on the cleanliness of the grounds.

“That’s where I (get) my personal satisfaction,” he said.

Details: www.easternmichiganfair.com or 810-724-4145.

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