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U.P. State Fair

Don’t miss out on the blue ribbon fun in 2021!

Since 1928, the Upper Peninsula State Fair has delighted folks from all over as they experience and celebrate the unique culture of Michigan’s U.P. This year’s fair will run from August 16 - 22. It’s seven days of thrilling rides, enthralling grandstand shows and lots of blue ribbon fun in 2021! Here are all the reasons you will want to go!

Where to go and when to get here

U.P. State Fair Grounds
2401 12th Ave. N.
Escanaba, MI 

Gates open at 5 p.m. on Monday and 9 a.m. Tuesday to Sunday. Buildings and exhibits are open each day from 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. That may sound like an ample amount of time to hit everything in one day, but why rush? Come back all week long for more fair food, more rides, more ringside cheering on ribbon winners and night-after-night grandstand shows that will have you out of your seat and tapping your feet.

Get your tickets in person or online 

Good news, all fair-goers ages 5 and under get in for free! For everyone else, prices are as follows for daily admission: 

Youth (6-12 years old): $5
Adults (ages 13 & up): $10

Weekly admission: 

Youth (6-12 years old): $20
Adults (ages 13 & up): $30

Don’t miss out on our thrilling, stomach-dropping, swingin’ good-time rides on the Midway! We also have some special rides for your younger ones who may be new to the state fair scene. Rides will open Monday at 5 p.m. and Tuesday to Sunday at 11 a.m. Prices for armbands are as follows: 

Monday: $25 
Tuesday-Sunday: $30 

Buy tickets ahead of time here

Hours of entertainment

Both Grandstand and Midway events are included in admission. However, you can purchase a $10 Gold Circle Ticket (limited number available) to any grandstand show so you can sit close to the performers. Doors open at 7 p.m.; performers hit the stage at 8 p.m.

Tuesday, August 17: Helen DeBaker-Vorce, an Escanaba-native country music singer and songwriter 

Wednesday, August 18: Hairball, the ultimate 80’s Hair Band experience

Thursday, August 19: Heart to Heartbreaker will perform music by Heart, Queen, Cher and Pat Benatar. Crazy Babies, the only nationally recognized Ozzy-Ozborne experience, will follow. 

Friday, August 20: Country music artist Josh Turner will perform songs from his recent album, Country State of Mind.

Saturday, August 21: American Rock Band Buckcherry 

Not all the Midway events have been announced yet, but they include:

DNR Pocket Park: The DNR Pocket Park offers fairgoers the opportunity to try their luck at fishing, go for a bull’s-eye at one of the shooting ranges, take part in the wide variety of other activities taking place throughout the day, or just rest a bit under a shady tree or by a waterfall.

Whispering Pines Animal Kingdom: Presenting education on a variety of animals from around the world including the Macaque monkey, kinkajou, African porcupine, African pygmy hedgehog, fennec fox, Argentine tegu, Burmese python, American alligator, marine toad, sulcata tortoise and baby farm animals.

Big, Big Stuff: The Bay College Computer-Aided Design Team has landed themselves in the Guinness Book of Records. Witness the world’s largest YoYo, Golf Tee, Paddle Lock and Key at their new home on the U.P. State Fairgrounds!

The Miracle of Life Educational Pavilion: Witness a calf birth, chick eggs hatching and other farm birthing exhibits, Growing U.P. Foresters and Cheese Carver Sarah Kaufmann

But wait there’s more! Be sure to check out all the food vendors, and get yourself an ice-cold lemonade or fried snack. Guests leave with both their bellies and hearts full thanks to several food vendors. Our mouths are watering and we’re counting down the days on our calendar until we can have some U.P. State Fair Fun! How about you? Buy your tickets today! 

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