Western Michigan Fair in Ludington

August 6-10, 2019

Smaller towns set themselves apart from big cities by local events that involve the community. No where is that more prevalent than here when Ludington hosts the Western Michigan Fair.

The Western Michigan Fair is where you see your friends and neighbors, celebrate the waning days of summer, and appreciate good family values. The big cities may have the advantage over us in certain things, but nothing beats the feeling you get living in a cozy, friendly town with annual events like the Western Michigan Fair.

Fair entrance is generally $3 per person, with children 5 and under entering free. Ride wristbands are generally $22 or $20 with coupon Thursday and Friday. Purchase a mega ride pass for $60 for unlimited rides all week!

T.J. Schmidt & Company was the 2018 carnival provider

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Here’s what happened in 2018:


Fair entrance is $1 on opening day - Midway opens at 3pm
Fair gates open at 1pm
West Shore Bank Family Buck Night- First 500 children through the gate receive a $1 bill
Michigan Tractor & Truck Pull Drag, 7pm, Admission is $10
Fireworks at dusk with music by Danny V
Midway closes at 11pm


Kid's Day- Wristbands good from 12-5pm - Midway opens at 12pm
Fair gates open at 11am
Kid's Day Activities from 12-5pm
Bike Drawing, 5:30pm, Grandstand
Western Michigan Fair 2018 Homemaker announced, 5:30pm
Marek's Music Makers, 6pm, entertainment tent
Monster & Mega Trucks, 7pm, Grandstand, Admission is $12
Midway closes at 11pm


Hero's Celebration Day- All veterans and senior citizens admitted free - Midway opens at 3pm
Grand Slam Sweepstakes, 9am
Fair gates open at 1pm
Read for Rides ticket holders, 4-11pm
Livestock Auction, 5pm, Show/Sale barn
Free Concert, 6pm, Dewayne Spaw, entertainment tent
Garden Tractor Pull, 7pm, Grandstand. Free
Sizzling Summer Sing Off Contest, 7:30pm, under entertainment tent
Midway closes at 11pm


Fantastic Friday - Midway opens at 3pm
Fair gates open at 1pm
Pedal Pull for Kids, 5pm, Show/Sale Barn
Free Concert, 6pm, Dewayne Spaw, entertainment tent
SJO Supercross, 7pm, Grandstand- Admission $10; Pit Passes $13
Midway closes at 11pm

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Fair Finale - Midway opens at 12pm
Stampede 5k Fun Run/Walk, 8:30am.
Annual Barn Brawl (youth wrestling), 9am, Show/Sale Barn.
Fair gates open at 10am
Horse Costume, 10am
Hay Bale Toss Contest, 3pm, Beef & Dairy Show Ring
Dewayne Spaw concert, 5:30pm, Grandstand
Night of Destruction Demolition Derby, 6:30pm, grandstand- Admission $12; pit passes $15
Midway closes at 11pm

Stay tuned for information on the 2019 Western Michigan Fair!

Events are listed according to the information available at the time of the most recent update to this story. The schedule is subject to change. For more information, see www.masoncountyfairgrounds.com.

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More About the Western Michigan Fair

With the exception of WWII, the fair has been held every year since 1936 at the Mason County Fairgrounds on US-10 in Ludington. The public enjoys the midway, demolition derby, harness horse racing, and grandstand shows. But the real attraction of the fair is the 4-H exhibits and animals. Area youngsters who have worked hard the past year raising their sheep, chickens, cows, and rabbits proudly wait for the judge's ribbon. Equestrians get their chance to showcase their horses, and homemakers busily prepare their pies and other homemade goodies for judging.

About the Mason County Fairgrounds

Improvements have recently been made to the fairgrounds, including:
  • Installation of a drainage system
  • Installation of gutters on animal barns
  • A new nature trail in the wooded area east of the fairgrounds
  • Road paving from the commercial buildings to the north side of the fairgrounds and east to Meyers Road
  • Road paving in the camping area
  • Making the buildings accessible for people with disabilities
  • Moving the entrance north of the current site and widening it to reduce congestion

More Things to Do...

For more activities & attractions, check out these additional links for Things to Do in West Michigan:

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Ludington Activities & Things to Do -- Play on a beautiful beach, take a tour at Historic White Pine Village, or explore the barn quilt trail, murals or sculptures in the county--Ludington offers many fun things to do for the entire family!
Have Fun in Manistee, Michigan -- Explore Manistee's historic downtown district and riverwalk, hike the Manistee National Forest, canoe on the Manistee River, and more.
Hamlin Lake -- Just 4 miles north of Ludington, Hamlin Lake is a great destination for boating, fishing and climbing dunes! The Hamlin Lake shoreline is also part of the Ludington State Park.
Silver Lake Sand Dunes -- Visiting the Silver Lake Sand Dunes makes for a terrific vacation because you can take your off-road vehicle for a spin on the scenic sand dunes overlooking Lake Michigan and Silver Lake.
Things to Do in Pentwater, Michigan -- Nothing is quite like the quaint, artsy, harbortown village of Pentwater. Don't miss the popular Charles Mears State Park beach on Pentwater's Lake Michigan shoreline.
Lots of Activities in Scottville, Michigan -- Explore the Riverside Park along the National Scenic Pere Marquette River.
Canoeing or Fishing on the Pere Marquette River -- Many boat liveries offer canoe rentals.
Also, check out West Michigan Guides and our locally produced WestMichigan.MichBiz.com directory for our largest lists of Things to Do in West Michigan.

Last Updated: 04-24-2019 12:48 PM ID: 214