MARQUETTE –Finn Grand Fest 2005 and the Marquette County Fair are being held the same week, and organizers of each event are working together to give attendees even more opportunities to experience Upper Peninsula culture.

            Finn Grand Fest runs Aug. 10-14 and the Marquette County Fair runs Aug. 11-14. The latter will feature a carnival, tractor pull, animal showcases, a demolition derby, Carla Wallenda’s high pole act, and live music. But in conjunction with Finn Fest, it will also feature “Finn Fair Friday” on Aug. 12.  Finn families will receive discounted tickets that day.  For newcomers to the fair, tours of the fairgrounds will also be available.

           “I think we can offer people something they’ve never seen before at Finn Fest. County fairs are unique to America; they’re not done in Europe,” said Bill Hager, vice president of the Marquette County Fair Board.

            The Sattuma Family Band is scheduled to provide the morning music on Friday. The fair board plans to make transportation available to and from the fairgrounds, which is located two miles south of the crossroads on highway M-553.

            County Fair Secretary Wanda Bergdahl indicated that she was excited about the crossover event. “We welcome anybody who’s involved with Finn Fest to come out and we’d love to have them spend a few hours with us,” she said.

            Fair hours are from noon to 10 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. For further information contact the Marquette County Fair at 906-249-4111 or, or visit the website at

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Matt Schneider