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Good attendance at the fair

September 25, 2012 by WLKM · Comments Off 

More than 142,000 people attended the St. Joseph County Grange Fair over the course of its seven-day run last week, officials from the fair board announced Monday.

Despite rain Friday night and Saturday morning, a strong crowd to the Saturday evening Alan Jackson concert helped push the weekly attendance to a point that it surpassed 2011 attendance by 2 percent, according to fair manager Bill Johnson.

In a media release issued Monday by Johnson, vendors were satisfied with the week and an overwhelmingly positive response was fielded regarding Tuesday’s monster-truck show and Wednesday’s demolition derby. Johnson said efforts would be made to bring back both attractions in 2013.

The fair’s average weekly attendance is about 150,000.

Weather a factor in attendance

September 24, 2012 by WLKM · Comments Off 

The 162nd St. Joseph County Grange Fair is in the books, and organizers of the event said weather – as it usually is – was a key factor in attendance.

Though a final figure for the seven-day event won’t be available until sometime today, a sunny Saturday afternoon coupled with more than 5,000 people attending the event-ending Alan Jackson concert helped make up for a wet and cold Friday night.

The Centreville-based fair is the second-to-last county fair in the state and typically experiences a variety of extreme weather conditions. Fair officials said this year was no exception.

Fair kicks off Sunday

September 14, 2012 by WLKM · Comments Off 

The 162nd St. Joseph County Grange Fair kicks off Sunday.

The seven-day event, which averages about 150,000 people over the course of the week, is once again offering a variety of activities and attractions.

Though not officially a fair day, Saturday will feature an 8:30 a.m. dog show and 4:30 p.m. poultry show.

Sunday’s opening day begins with large-mule pulls at 8 a.m., horse and rabbit shows at 8:30 and 9 a.m. respectively, and farm truck pulls at 4 p.m. The midway opens Sunday at noon.

Musical highlights include the Wallman family at 1 p.m. and the Wasepi Bluegrass band at 6:30 p.m.

Sunday is designated as Family Day at the Centreville-based fair.

Fair Board had media day Wednesday

September 13, 2012 by WLKM · Comments Off 

The St. Joseph County Fair Board of Directors staged its annual media day Wednesday at the Centreville fairgrounds.

Members indicated they anticipate a well-attended fair again this year, with showcase events each of the seven days of the 162nd fair. The nightly events include farm truck pulls, Motocross, monster trucks, a demolition derby, a Beatles tribute band and country/western star Alan Jackson.

Other attractions include a mobile zoo, the return of the miracle of birthing tent and magic shows by Kandy and Co. The Elephant Encounter, a new attraction, is sponsored by the Kellogg Community Federal Credit Union and will stage its first performance Monday.

The fair, which features 67 different food-serving vendors, opens Sunday and concludes Sept. 22.

Constantine Harvest Fest Successful

September 10, 2012 by WLKM · Comments Off 

The 11th Constantine Harvest Fest took place Saturday and was declared a success by members of the organizing committee.

Karen Gillett, chair of the organizing committee, said strong attendance and positive feedback from vendors were key factors in helping make St. Joseph County’s final 2012 community festival a success.

A supply of nearly 400 ears of sweet corn donated by the Stears family was exhausted by the end of the day-long festival. In addition, the event featured a number of games, food, arts and crafts vendors, music, a raffle drawing for more than 60 donated items, a rubber duck race, and hula-hoop contest and water-balloon toss.

Planning for the 2013 Harvest festival will begin early next year.

Mendon Riverfest successful

August 20, 2012 by WLKM · Comments Off 

Organizers of the 25th Mendon Riverfest, which concluded its three-day run Saturday, said the milestone anniversary was a success.

Riverfest Committee chairman Roger Cupp said a strong crowd all day Saturday made up for smaller-than-usual attendance Thursday and Friday.

Highlights Saturday included a canoe swamp, which drew eight teams and featured a $100 cash prize won by a three-member team consisting of Mendon residents Jenna and Meghan Griffith, and Three Rivers native Amanda Brady.

A 25-minute fireworks show that drew more than 2,000 spectators concluded the festival.

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