Kids and Volunteers Ready for Fair

It's that time of year, when folks in the Grand Traverse region will be “Goin' to the Fair.” The Northwestern Michigan Fair starts on Saturday at the fairgrounds south of Traverse City. That means Friday is “crunch time” for 4-H kids and volunteers who are working hard to get everything ready. From cattle and sheep to pigs and poultry, all the animals will arrive Saturday morning, and so will the crowds. 4-H Livestock Council President Darrel Robinson says more than 550 kids are working hard, doing everything from painting fences and cleaning barns to hauling sawdust. Gates open at 7 a.m. Saturday, when the animals will be brought to the fairgrounds. Judging starts Sunday. Carnival rides start Monday. Admission is $3 for teens and adults, $2 for kids, and children 2 and under get in for free. The fairgrounds are south of Chums Corners off of US 31 and Blair Townhall Road in Grand Traverse County.