Preparing for the Alger County Fair

It’s hard to believe another year has gone by and the fair is just around the corner.

The Alger County Fair Board strives to make improvements every year. This year, the fair was fortunate to receive two grants for upgrades to the grounds. The first grant was given by Alger County and the city of Munising, from their allocated ARPA funds, for an electrical upgrade to the main recreation building and the ball field. The existing electrical distribution system is over 50 years old and has been creating challenges as the fair has expanded and brought in more vendors, requiring increased electrical capacity. It will be very nice to have the updated system from this year and going forward with the ability to expand as needed.

The second grants was received from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) for the renovation of the existing outdoor horse arena. The current surface of the arena consists of a sand base which has eroded over the years due to extensive use, dragging and win erosion. It has eroded to the point that it has become dangerous for the riders and their animals to participate in the many speed events that are offered. Although no injuries have occurred, the Alger County Fair Board feels the current surface of the arena is unsafe and pleased that it will be addressed before this season of events begins.

The mission of the Alger County Fair is to promote and advance the interest of agriculture, horticulture, household arts, mechanical arts and sciences, and all kindred sciences and arts of their varied branches. The Board hopes you will enjoy the 2023 Alger County Fair. Please don’t hesitate to contact any of them with questions or for more information.

This was originally published as part of the Alger County Fair Book, written by the Fair Board. The horse arena has already been updated and renovated since this story was originally written.