MASON COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS NARRATIVE
The Mason County Fairgrounds has prominently occupied this location of US 10 since 1936 and with the exception of during World War II, the fair has been held here every year. Through a land transaction with the original owner Charles Wing, the county board of supervisors purchased the property to provide a location for both an airport and fairgrounds.
The purpose of the Western Michigan Fair Association is to promote interest in all agriculture. Special emphasis is given to the education of our youth through the 4-H program. During fair week in August the public enjoys the midway, demolition derbies and other grandstand events. The heart of the fair, however, is the 4-H exhibits and animals. Area youth work hard during the year raising sheep, chickens, goats, hogs, cows and rabbits. Equestrians get a chance to showcase their horses and homemakers prepare their pies and other homemade items for judging.
Historically the county fair was an icon of rural farming life and fair week was the pinnacle of its local celebrations. Agriculture has changed dramatically and the country has become highly urbanized yet this fair continues to celebrate its roots that still grow deep for some of its county residents. Today it still retains the presence of cattle, horses, and smaller animals, tractor and farm equipment displays and baked goods and domestic arts. Fair time is a grand opportunity to expose and educate the big slice of residents who don’t live on farms. And some of them may even ask: “What is that I smell?”
But the County Fairgrounds is much more than one special week each summer. The Caswell Horse Park is a major attraction and a state of the art equestrian facility regarded as the premier site of it’s kind on the west side of the state. Usage begins every weekend the first week of May and continues through the first weekend in October with 4-H shows, Open Horse Shows, Michigan Interscholastic High School Equestrian Meets – both junior equestrian, district and regional meets, All Youth Show, and nationally approved Breed Shows sanctioned by the American Quarter Horse Association.
The Fairgrounds are an appreciated venue for many community events such as the Home Builders Show, trailer and coach rallies, Country Christmas, livestock shows, and much more. Visit the website at www.masoncountyfairgrouns.com to learn about the whole gamut of opportunities.