The contest - sponsored by 97.5 Eagle Country, Pepsi, Cumberland 12 Cinemas, Reithoffer Shows, and Kneucraft Fine Jewelry - will wrap up with a finale Thursday at 8 p.m. The finale will have prizes for adults of $500 cash and a $500 gift certificate to Kneucraft Fine Jewelry for first place, $500 cash for second, and $250 for third. Prizes for children will be
$100 cash and a $100 gift certificate to Kneucraft Fine Jewelry for first place, $50 cash for second, and $25 for third. Trophies will also be awarded to all winners.
Those in the children's division who make it to the finale but who do not land in the top three won't walk away empty-handed, however.
"Thanks to Cumberland 12, Reithoffer Shows, and Pepsi, they'll be getting movie passes, wristbands for rides and Pepsi products," said Gillespie. "So, nobody really loses at the finale."
On Wednesday, the Graymont Materials Racetrack will featuring free harness racing at 12 p.m., with even more action planned that night. Country music artist Jerrod Niemann, known for many hit singles include "What Do You Want," will perform, bringing a little star power to the fair.
"We're really excited to have him. As soon as tickets went on sale, the phones started ringing," said Gillespie, adding Niemann's performance will be sponsored by 97.5 Eagle Country, Key R-D Trailer Sales, T.D. Bank, and Econo Lodge Inn and Suites.
The fun continues Thursday, with a miniature horse pull at 12:30 p.m. and horse pull at 3 p.m. sponsored by Chauvin Agency. Gillespie noted the miniature horse pull will be a new addition this year.
Also Thursday, one of the fair's returning favorites, a michigan eating contest sponsored by McSweeney's Red Hots, will begin at 5 p.m. Cash prizes of $100, $50 and $25 will be awarded to first, second and third places, respectively.