St. Clair County Fair returns Monday after a year-long hiatus

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Farm animals, carnival rides, monster trucks and fried foods will descend on Goodells County Park starting Monday for the annual St. Clair County 4-H and Youth Fair.

“It’s just family fun,” said Fair Chairman Rob Usakowski.

The fair starts at 9 a.m. on Monday and continues until Saturday. The fairgrounds can be entered through the west entrance, 8345 County Park Drive, or the north entrance, 8231 Lapeer Road, Goodells.

Admission is $ 9 per person per day or $ 25 per day for a vehicle and all of its occupants. Fair passes can also be purchased for $ 60 before Monday or $ 70 the week of the fair; the passes admit one vehicle and all of its occupants for the entire week of the show. To purchase pre-show passes, meet at the show office at the North Entrance from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday or 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday or Saturday.

A cowboy wrestles with a steer on Monday, July 16, 2018, at the Flying Star Rodeo at the St. Clair County 4-H and Youth Fair.

The show will feature livestock demonstrations and children’s events during the day and evening entertainment, including a rodeo, monster trucks, racing derby, demolition derbies and tractor pull.

Usakowski said the derbies will have new events this year, including an event where drivers are blindfolded while their passenger is leading them, a reverse driving event and a team demolition derby.

The fair will also feature the Skerbeck family carnival. Carnival opens at 5 p.m. on Monday and takes place from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday to Friday and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

The St. Clair County 4-H and Youth Fair will be held July 19-24 at Goodells County Park.

Carnival prices are $ 1 per ticket or $ 40 for 50 tickets on Monday, rides require two to six tickets per trip, $ 1 per trip on Tuesday, $ 25 unlimited rides Wednesday through Friday, or $ 17 on unlimited rides on Saturdays. Mega Passes can be purchased for $ 70 before Monday or $ 80 the week of the fair; the passes offer unlimited rides during the six carnival days during carnival hours. Tickets can be purchased at the fair office or at skerbeckcarnival.com/.

For a full schedule, visit stclaircounty4hfair.org/ or call (810) 364-9100.

Usakowski said the fair is an opportunity for residents to experience things they can’t find anywhere else. Many people do not normally have the opportunity to see livestock such as cows, pigs or chickens up close. Visitors can also buy an animal to harvest and see where their food comes from.

Carnival rides and food stalls can be seen through the trees at the 2018 St. Clair County Youth and 4-H Fair.

Usakowski said this fair is of particular significance after the in-person fair was replaced by a virtual event last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I feel like we’ve had this void in our lives,” Usakowski said. “We like to do something and then it wasn’t there.”

4-H students present projects

For 4-H students, the fair is an opportunity to show off the projects they have been working on throughout the year, Usakowski said.

4-H Light Horse Superintendent Debbie Block said the organization teaches young people about responsibility, cooperation, friendship and how to work with others. It builds the character of young people, she said.

Block said the pandemic has prevented his six 4-H daughters from meeting in person for their equestrian projects and has prevented them from riding together. They got through the pandemic by spacing their trips so they weren’t in the barn at the same time.

Jennifer Knoth, 19, spends time with Angel, a 15-year-old quarterhorse before showing up on Wednesday, July 18, 2018, at the St. Clair County 4-H and Youth Fair in Goodells County Park.

Market Bird Superintendent Kay Smith said participation in the poultry project, in which children raise birds to sell at the market at the fair, was down this year. Children had to order newborns before it was known if the in-person fair would take place, so some families chose not to pay the cost of purchasing and raising a bird.

Sarah Van Hevel, 9, snuggles up against a duckling on Wednesday, July 18, 2018, at the St. Clair County Youth and 4-H Fair in Goodells County Park.

Smith said the children took pride in showing off their plans and showing others what they had learned.

“My kids are all excited because they love the challenge of making their project, presenting it and showing it in front of a crowd,” she said.

Contact Laura Fitzgerald at (810) 941-7072 or [email protected]


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