By LISA M. HOFFMANN
NORWAY - Warm, dry weather conditions will greet fairgoers at the 102nd Dickinson County Fair in Norway.
The fair officially opens today, and runs through Monday.
Greg Michels, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Marquette, said today will be the warmest day of the week with highs in the lower 90s and little breezy in the afternoon.
"Friday will start a little bit of a cool down. But again, it looks dry," he said.
Friday's high will be in the lower 80s.
Expect a little cooler temperatures on Saturday and Sunday of 80 degrees.
No rain is predicted for Saturday or Sunday.
Michels said there could be a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms and a high around 80 on Monday, Labor Day.
Lows through Labor Day are expected to be in the 50s to 60s.
Tara Blagec, assistant secretary for the Dickinson County Fair Board, said there were a lot of children enjoying the rides and having fun at Preview Day on Wednesday.
Today is Exhibitor Day, and entries for animals and others items were being accepted today.
Bracelet night is every night at the fair. Individuals can purchase a bracelet for $20.
The carnival opens at 4 p.m. with the official opening of the fair at 5 p.m. and the U.P. Small Car Championship at 6 p.m.
"We are hoping for people to come down as there is more variety, and something for everybody," Blagec said.
Blagec added that turnout at the fair should be good because of the weather, which should bring more families out.
"We are hopeful that they will be able to enjoy the fair," she said.
A daily wristband for rides at the fair costs $20. A mega band, which is good for rides all week, costs $60.
During the fair on Sunday at 1 p.m., there will be the annual fun dog show - the Almost Home Animal Shelter Fun Dog Show.
Registration for the popular events starts at 11 a.m.
Fun classes include best food catcher, bobbing for hot dogs, longest "watch me," fastest come, biscuit on nose, best kisser, best play dead, fastest retrieve, and obstacle courses for small dogs and large dogs.
Requirements to participate:
- Proof the dog participating is on vaccines, including rabies.
- Any females in heat will not be allowed to participate.
- Owner assumes full responsibility for their dog's behavior.
- Children under 12 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.
- Collars must be plain buckle or slip and made of leather, fabric or chain. No prong or shock collars are allows. Leashes must be leather or cloth and 6 feet long. No flexi-leashes.
Purebreds and mutts are all welcome.
The fee is $2 per class, or participants may enter all classes for $10.
Ribbons will be awarded for first through third place.
The judge's decision is final.
All proceeds benefit the pet sponsorship program at the Almost Home Animal Shelter.
The Dickinson County Fair celebrated 100 years in 2010.
As part of that celebration, a cook-off was started in an attempt to bring back some of the old-time competitions that made fairs so popular years ago.
The Fair Board has provided a modern kitchen for this purpose, including electric ranges, refrigerator and microwave oven. There is also ample workspace and a large sink with hot and cold running water.
There are eight different contests (cook-offs) spanning the five days of the fair and are open to all county residents.
Scheduled events for the fair:
- Thursday: Chili Cook-Off from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
- Friday: Blue Ribbon Pie Contest from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Friday: Best Chocolate Recipe from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
- Saturday: Grandma's Favorite Family Recipe from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
- Saturday: 1: Raised (Yeast Dough) Recipe from 1 p.m. until done
- Sunday: Main Dish Casserole from 12 noon to 3:30 p.m.
- Sunday: Best Ever Cookie Recipe from 4 to 7 p.m.
- Monday: Wild Game Recipe from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Judging will take place immediately following each of the contests. Entries are limited to four for each event. Should there be six or more interested in any one category, a second cook-off would be considered.
Premiums for the cook-offs are $50 for first place, $25 for second, $10 for third, and $5 for fourth.
Contestants must bring their own utensils, bakeware, cookware, and ingredients. The Fair Board will supply everything required for judging. The finished products will be donated to the fair for judging. All utensils, bakeware and extra ingredients will remain the property of the contestant.
A copy of the recipe must be available for the judging and will remain the property of the fair.
Entry forms are available at the fair office and will include the judging criteria for each individual event. Prospective contestants may, due to time restraints, also register or direct questions to the fair office at 563-8840 or by phoning the superintendent of the event at 563-8840.
Entries will be accepted until the day before each event is scheduled.
Contestants who enter three or more events will be eligible for the Trifecta Awards, which are sponsored by local businesses.
A grand prize trophy will also be presented for the single best entry of the entire cook-off. These awards will be presented following the judging of the final category on Monday at 2 p.m.
Today - Exhibitor Day
3 p.m. to 10 p.m., bingo
4 p.m. to close, carnival opens (bracelet night)
4 p.m. to 10 p.m., market and breeding animals entries (beef, swine, sheep and goats)
4 p.m. to 10 p.m., open animal entries (beef, wine, sheep and goats)
4:30 p.m., breeding livestock show
5 p.m., official opening of the fair
7 p.m., U.P. Small Car Championship
Friday, Aug. 31 - Youth Day
11 a.m., draft horse show
1 p.m., youth market livestock show (beef, swine, sheep and goats)
9 a.m. to 1 p.m., cooking contest
1 p.m., 3 p.m., 6 p.m., Barnyard Express
3 p.m, 5 p.m., American Lumber Jack Show
1 p.m. to close, carnival opens (bracelet day)
1 p.m. to 10 p.m., bingo
8 p.m., Demolition Derby (50/50 drawing during event)