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Ontonagon County Fair crowds dampened by weather


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Christy Hronkin and John Hersman of Algomah Acres examine an observation hive at the Ontonagon County Fair on Saturday. This type of hive is a frame of bees without the queen which the public can view. The group also demonstrated candle making.

GREENLAND — Cold winds, temperatures in the high 40s and low 50s held crowds down and caused some cancellations at the Ontonagon County fair in Greenland over the weekend.

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Michele Smith, Superintendent of the Ontonagon County Fair and treasurer of the fair board, examines the Grand Champion, Best of Show in quilting. The cathedral Windsor quilt was hand-stitched by Ruth Morris, Mass City.

Friday night’s stormy weather forced cancellation of the stock car races and things got even worse on Saturday. Motocross races were cancelled and the Timber Trails Riding Club speed show as a memorial to Jackie Strauch had to be transferred to Houghton County.

A hardy group of runners showed up despite the 46-degree, rainy conditions on Saturday for the Outback walk/run bundled up as if it were January.

The exhibit building was full of entries from junior to senior divisions. The Junior Homemaker of the Year was Brooke Perttu of Bruce Crossing. Brooke had 52 entries in the exhibit.

The Senior Homemaker of the Year is Valerie Talsma, of Bruce Crossing.

Because of the poor weather, fair organizers suspended all entry fees and fair-goers did not pay to attend the events. Organizers expressed thanks to all those who braved the weather, attended the fair, entered the various categories and worked events.


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