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      Prepare for the fair!

      The Houghton County fair kicks off Thursday at the fairgrounds in Hancock.

      The fair theme this year is "The Country Life" and runs through Sunday. There will be carnival rides and animal shows throughout the weekend as well as the queen pageant Thursday evening and a monster truck show Saturday.

      Tickets are $7 for an adult day pass, $5 for youth, and children under 6 are free. Vendors set up booths Wednesday in the wind and said they are ready for the rush of people.

      â??It's just a matter of putting all your ducks in a row and getting things to work right because jostling around on the highway can make a mess,â?? said owner of Mr. Goodies, Thomas Wiesner. â??We had a mess in here, but you just got to get ready, hook it up and hopefully everything works, and go for gusto.â??

      For more information, visit the Houghton County fair website here .