BERRIEN SPRINGS — The “Diamonds are Fair-ever” 75th Berrien County Youth Fair is under way at the fairgrounds in Berrien Springs.
The Berrien County Youth Fair features almost 11,000 exhibits on display exhibited by over 1,000 Berrien County Youth ages 5 through 20, animals, food, rides, over 100 commercial exhibits, entertainment, beautiful flowers and grounds with picnic tables and benches to name just a few.
In addition to a week-plus of animal and still exhibit activities, attractions at the fairgrounds include: a look at Berrien County’s rich agricultural history; a KidBucks Game Show for the entire family; daily entertainment in the mall area on the Al Barbott Memorial Stage;award winning country artists including Scotty McCreery on Thursday, Aug. 19 (other Grandstand events include a demolition derby Thursday beginning at 7 p.m. and Bullmania at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Grandstand tickets may be purchased at the Fair Office prior to Fair week Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; starting at 2 p.m. during fair week at the Grandstand Ticket Office; or anytime online at www.bcyf.org.
The 2021 Youth Fair gates open at 7:30 a.m. with most exhibit buildings ready for viewing by 11 a.m. Gates close daily at 10 p.m.
North American Midway Entertainment’s midway rides will start at 11 a.m. daily through Saturday. The Berrien County Youth Fair will hold Rides Wristband Days. The cost of a wristband is $22 each through Thursday and $25 each Friday and Saturday; with that a person can ride "most" of the rides as often as they want any one day during the fair. Wristbands may be purchased at the rides ticket office during the Fair, between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. Fair admission is not included. The minimum height requirement for rides is 36 inches.
Adult One-Day Pass (ages 13 & Over) - $7; Adult Season Pass - $20; Child One-Day Pass (ages 5-12)- $4; Child Season Pass - $10; Age 65 & Over One-Day Pass - $5; Age 65 & Over Season Pass - $13; Military One-Day Pass (with ID) - $5; Military Season Pass (with ID) - $13. Parking is free.
The "BCYF Wonders of Birth" exhibit will be open Monday, through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The Pedal Pull begins behind the commercial buildings at 3 p.m. Thursday, with sign-ups prior to the start time.
The 2021 Berrien County Youth Fair schedule of events follows:
• 7:30 a.m. – Swine herdsman’s quiz, show arena
• 8:30 a.m. – Judging of equine; horsemanship and pleasure, equine complex
• 8:30 a.m. – Judging of swine; market classes, breed classes run first, show arena
• 9 a.m. – Judging of dogs; TR obedience, dog tent
• 9:30 a.m. – Small animal auction, rabbits followed by poultry, rabbit tent
• 11 a.m.-5 p.m. – Versiti Blood Center of Michigan Blood Drive, Youth Memorial Building
• Noon – Horticulture awards, mall stage, all champion and reserve champion winners
• 3 p.m. – Cooking from the garden with Abra Berens, Home Ec. Building
• 3 p.m. – Judging of dogs; TR costume, dog tent
• 3 p.m. – Pedal pull contest, south end of commercial buildings
• 4 p.m. – Judging of llamas/alpacas; costume, jackpot, leaping, limbo, paper chain, show arena
• 5 p.m. – Dave & John, mall stage
• 7 p.m. – Past Time Band, mall stage
• 7 p.m. – Scotty McCreery in the Grandstand
• 8:30 a.m. – Judging of equine; in-hand trail, junior and senior trail, dressage, equine complex
• 9 a.m. – Large animal auction; sheep, quart of goat milk, goats, show arena
• 10 a.m. – Overall small animal showmanship sweepstakes, dog tent
• Noon – Large animal auction; grand champion dairy gallon of milk followed by beef, show arena
• Noon – Crafts awards, mall stage, all champion and reserve champion winners
• 1:30 p.m. – Pinewood Derby Race, Youth Memorial Building
• 2 p.m. – Large animal auction; swine, show arena
• 3 p.m. – The Trivia Guy, mall stage
• 4-6 p.m. – Berrien Towne & Country Quilters and Berrien Springs Library Quilters, Home Ec. Building
• 5 p.m. – Harbor Town, mall stage
• 8 p.m. – Nu-Hipsters, mall stage
• 7 p.m. – Demolition Derby in the Grandstand
• 8:30 a.m. – Judging of equine; gymkhana except flags and cloverleaf classes, equine complex
• 9 a.m. – Judging of communications classes, Youth Memorial Building
• 9 a.m. – Judging of youth tractor operators contest, show arena
• 11 a.m. – Closing of the 75th anniversary time capsule, mall stage
• Noon – Baked fruit pie contest awards presentation, Building No. 34
• Noon – Overall large animal showmanship sweepstakes, show arena
• Noon – Elvis Reprise, mall stage
• 1 p.m. – P. Scott and the Prairie Dogs, mall stage
• 2:30 p.m. – E-Man, mall stage
• 2:30 p.m. – Ag-Olympics, show arena
• 3:30 p.m. – Communications awards, Home Ec. Building
• 4 p.m. – Judging of equine; PEP exhibitors, riding and showmanship classes, equine complex
• 5 p.m. – Larry Johnson, mall stage
• 5:45 p.m. – Parade of Champions, ends in show arena
• 7 p.m. – Bullmania in the Grandstand
• 8 p.m. – Blue Shoes Jazz, mall stage