Fair History The Presque Isle County Fair was started by the Presque Isle County Agricultural Mechanical Society. It is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization. The Fair board meets the fourth Tuesday of every month, and is run completely by volunteers funded by fair activities, donations and grants.
The Fair was first held on September 25 and 26, 1901, in Millersburg. Sometime around 1932 the fair was moved to Onaway. After a stop at Posen as a 4-H fair and then to Moltke Township Hall where it was held for about eight years, in 2000 the Fair was moved back to Millersburg, it's original location and where it has been held ever since.
In 2012, the Presque Isle County Fair board decided to re-invent the old fashion county fair. We went back to basics and agriculture. The dates were changed from late June to Labor Day Weekend. The later date will bring in all the garden vegetables, and field crops.
We switched from amusement rides to family friendly energetic activities and games including lazer tag and an obstacle course. We added educational demonstrations in crafts, gardening and animal care. This year's topics include basket making, tree care, composting, raising chickens and much more.
With a new county 4-H agent in place this will help in the communications throughout the county and schools, to find those special kids who want to be more involved and have displays, or exhibits at the fair. We look forward to building and watching the Presque Isle County Fair grow, and working with new volunteers and members that want to be involved.
If you would like to get involved, volunteer, become a member, or director, please attend one of our meetings. We are open to new ideas, suggestions, and information you may have to offer. The Fairground Facilities. The improved fairgrounds has 30' x 96' animal barn made possible by a donation from the Gertz Foundation. There is a grandstand with banked seating for about 800 people where the main county fair events are held. Both were constructed in 2005. A new announcer's booth was built and two new P.A. systems were purchased to complete the area.
In the spring of 2006 the addition of a beautiful new sign at the main entrance was installed on the fairgrounds, the sign was made locally by Moran Iron works in Onaway. Permanent fencing around the drive to help with crowd control and parking was installed in 2007, along with new water lines that were buried, and the electricity has been updated to handle amusement rides and venders. In 2011 outside lighting was added for evening events, and for security, around the grounds. In 2014 we up graded our electrical system with 30 amps and 5 RV camping sites. Along with that we can use the 30 amp risers for blow ups, amusement rides, and venders who may need electric. The fairgrounds are available for events throughout the year, with buildings to have parties, reunions, or other events. There is a rustic site for campers that is secluded in the woods, and kept mowed. For a small charge you can park, and enjoy all the events held locally throughout our beautiful county. Winter storage space is available in our barns for a minimal charge.
For more information, call the secratary Rita Tollini during the day @(989) 733-2676 or you may leave a message at the fair grounds (989) 733-7300.
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