Schoolcraft County Fair Days are set to kick off on Friday

Mark Rosenthal, pictured above, will be the featured performer at this year’s Schoolcraft County Fair Days. His “Animal Magic” show, which features him and his exotic animal friends, will take place at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Friday and at 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday. Rosenthal is Nickelodeon’s Michigan Entertainer of the Year. Courtesy picture

MANISTIQUE – Schoolcraft County Fair Days takes place this Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Manistique. The free family event takes place at the Schoolcraft County Fairgrounds.

According to fair organizer Deb Gierke, the fair supports the Free Summer Meals Program and Summer Day Camp – two programs unique to the Schoolcraft County Fairgrounds.

“A lot of people don’t know if we don’t have a county fair every year the building and the grounds go to the state of Michigan and they’ll give it to the city and the county and it will become a public works department building,” Gierke explained. “If that happened, we wouldn’t have anywhere to hold camp. Through the food program, I make enough money each year to attend the fair. So one can’t exist without the other.

Admission to the lounge is free and includes a wristband, which grants access to all mechanical thrill rides, inflatables and entertainment. A donation to Schoolcraft County Fairground Summer Day Camp is encouraged.

“[We] do not have a fixed entrance fee for wristbands,” Gierke explained. “We allow people to ‘give’ what they feel they can afford. We really want families to be able to come and have a great, memorable time.

The summer meal program is open Monday through Friday through August 31 to all area school-aged children ages 3.5-18 and youth ages 18-26 enrolled in child care services. special education. The program is “drop in” with no registration required.

Breakfast is served from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Both meals are free.

The summer day camp is also open Monday through Friday through August 31, serving all area school-aged children ages 3.5-18. They can attend anytime between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. for care and companionship as well as educational, recreational, and enrichment activities, as well as breakfast, lunch, and snack.

The cost is $1 and hour per child. Drop-in visits and flexible hours are welcome. Applications can be completed on the first day a child attends or individuals can request an application by emailing [email protected]

This year’s fair will feature a special guest, as while attending the Michigan Association of Fairs and Exhibitions, Gierke had the opportunity to see a presentation by Mark Rosenthal of Animal Magic. He was a former recipient of the Nickelodeon Entertainer of the Year award.

Rosenthal’s appearance was made possible through the support of individuals and businesses in the community.

Born in Detroit, Rosenthal spent the majority of his school years in Oak Park, Michigan. He graduated from Michigan State University in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in Organic Chemistry.

Rosenthal’s father introduced him to magic when he was eight years old. He practiced for many years and enjoyed playing for his family, becoming proficient enough to help pay for college.

He got a job as a magician in 1984 at B’Zar, a popular nightclub in East Lansing, where he was discovered by a talent agent. He was then hired to perform at the Detroit Tigers’ Christmas party in 1984 – the year they won the World Series.

After college, he decided to pursue his lifelong dream of working exclusively with animals.

He started The Reptile Source, a wholesale reptile business, supplying over 1,600 pet stores by the early 1990s.

He decided to stop wholesale to pet stores and entertain/educate full time when he saw too many stores selling exotic pets to anyone who could afford them whether they knew what they were doing or not .

Rosenthal is now in its 42nd year of owning and operating Animal Magic.

The full program for this year’s fair week includes:


– Registration for the exhibition, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

– Registration for the live exhibition, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.


– Registration for the live exhibition, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

– Judging of fixed exhibitions, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

– Judging of the live exhibition, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

-Opening of the fair, 4 p.m.

– Midway entertainment opening, 4-10 p.m. Activities include Zipline, Mechanical Bull, Turbo Tubs, Rock Climbing Wall, Trackless Train, Pirate’s Revenge, Lazer Tag, Wipeout, Wrecking Ball, Obstacle Course, Bungee Basketball , Dixie Twister swings, bumpers. , a backyard bounce house, a giant slide, a Hit Lit game board, a carnival game center and the High Stryker.

– Butterfly Garden, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Participants have the opportunity to interact and feed many species of butterflies in an enclosed garden.

-Balloon Princess, 4-10 p.m. This “princess” walks around the fairgrounds while entertaining with balloon sculptures and decorations.

– Bricktown Lego Exhibit, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. This traveling Lego exhibit offers a glimpse of colorful and creative exhibits.

-Barnyard Petting Zoo, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with barnyard animals.

-Music by Beats By Pete, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. A local disc jockey will provide a musical backdrop for the entire event.

– Animal Magic with Mark Rosenthal, 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Nickelodeon’s Michigan Entertainer of the Year will take to the stage with his exotic animal friends, providing plenty of entertainment for attendees.

– Gathering of the unicorns, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Stop by the barn to mingle with the “unicorns”.

-Closing of the living room, 10 p.m.


– National Barrel Horse Association Show Entry, 8:00 a.m.

-Opening of the arena from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

-The Kathy Bower Memorial Horse Show opens at 11 a.m.

– Fair opens, 12 p.m.

– Opening of Midway entertainment, from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.

-Butterfly Garden, Balloon Princess, Bricktown Lego Exhibit, Barnyard Petting Zoo and Beats By Pete entertainment, 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.

-Animal Magic with Mark Rosenthal, 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

-Gathering of the Unicorns, 2 p.m.-4 p.m.

-Fair ends, live exhibit pickup begins, 9 p.m.


-Registration for the NBHA Equestrian Show, 8 a.m.

-Arena open, 10am-10:30am

-Schoolcraft County Fair Speed ​​Show opens at 11 a.m.

The Schoolcraft County Fair offers free admission, wristbands and parking. Donations to the Schoolcraft County Fair Summer Day Camp Program are encouraged. Wristbands include all mechanical rides, inflatables and entertainment.

Premium exhibit books/guides are available at the Schoolcraft County Fair Building or on the fair’s website.

For more information on Schoolcraft County Fairgrounds, visit

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