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      U.P. State Fair is on

      The Upper Peninsula State Fair is in town. The hugely popular annual fair is touted as Michigan's 'only' state fair. Gates opened Monday at 5 p.m., and the fair has a seemingly endless array of activities and events.

      If you're seeking specialty items, such as Native American sweaters and creative belt buckles, or just want to take in the sights and aromas of a traditional state fair, the U.P. State Fair promises to offer all of that, and more.

      Billie Jo Smith of CK's Mexican Food said, "We serve everything from quesadillas and burritos all the way to our Mexican Garbage Fries. We bring in a great crowd here at the U.P. State Fair, and all the vendors work really hard at making it not only fun, but affordable for families."

      Rides and games line the grounds. Joe Skerbeck, owner of Midway rides, said, "My vote is, this is the best fair in the state of Michigan. It's got something for everybody. When people come here, they get quality and a good value for their dollar."

      The U.P. State Fair draws visitors and vendors from all over the state of Michigan.

      There will be live entertainment in the Grandstand as follows:

      Monday, Aug. 12: Garden Lawn Tractor Pull at 7 p.m.

      Tuesday, Aug. 13: Brew City Wrestling at 7 p.m.

      Wednesday, Aug. 14: singer Craig Morgan performs at 8 p.m.

      Thursday, Aug. 15: Jackyl and Great White perform at 8 p.m.

      Friday, Aug. 16: The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band performs at 8.pm.

      Saturday, Aug. 17: UPIR Racing at 7 p.m.

      Sunday, Aug. 18: Bump and Run Demolition Derby at 1 p.m.

      All Grandstand shows are included in gate admission.

      Prices are: Adults (13 years and older): $8; Youth (6-12 years old): $5; Children (5 years and under): Free.

      Weekly pass rates: Adults $25. Youth: $15. Children 5 years old and younger: Free.

      The U.P. State Fair runs from Monday, August 12 through Sunday, August 18.