The Allegan County Fair originated in 1852. It opens every year on the first Friday after Labor Day and runs for 9 consecutive days (ending the following Saturday). The fair has had an attendance of over 350,000 since 1996, and was named the top county fair in Michigan by USA Today.
The fair is an agricultural fair abundant with exhibits from youth to golden age, needlecraft to animals. There are six days of harness racing. Some of the other events include horse, mule and tractor pulling events, livestock shows and sales, dog shows, cheerleading competitions, and a demolition derby.
The fair offers a wide variety of entertainment on the grandstand. A few of the past entertainers include: Garth Brooks, Boyz to Men, 98 Degrees, Britney Spears, Michael Bolton, Bill Cosby, Ted Nugent, Def Leppard, Lynyrd Skynard, Brooks & Dunn, Reba McEntire, Vince Gill, and LeAnn Rimes. The grandstand capacity is 12,000.
The fairs historical village is probably the largest you will find at a county fair. The antique village hosts a doctor's office, school (which is in session daily), fire station (complete with antique fire wagons) and many other historical buildings, which have been restored and finished in their era. There are also two farmers' museums with tools and equipment. An educational experience to say the least!
There are over 300 vendors, food and exhibitors. Come taste and smell the wonderful and creative foods of the midway or purchase something that you probably couldn't find in town or on the mall. Of course, there is the ride midway with rides for all ages - fun for everyone!
The fairground is a picturesque site located on an oxbow in the Kalamazoo River, with plenty of shade trees and easy access to all area. The fair hosts a number of off-season events including the Allegan Antique Market, horse, dog, and fiber (wool and angora) shows, company picnics and auctions. It is loaded with several large buildings for indoor events. Five exhibit buildings that are interconnecting for meetings and events. These buildings dimensions are 160' x 58', 60' x 32', 210' x 60', 42' x 124' and 115' x 50'. A PA system connects all of these buildings. The fair has several barns and two outdoor arenas. The Delano Barn is 350' x 120' there is a 60' clear span in the center and two 30' wings. The Weldon Rumery Show Arena sets next to the Delano Barns and is 120' x 80' with two additional wings on each side with bleachers.
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