6430 W. M-80
Kinross, MI EXIT 378
Josh Zenner recipient of the 2017 Adult Volunteer Award
Toni Kronemeyer recipient of the 2017 Adult Volunteer Award
Miss Chippewa County Fair - 2017
Queen –Victoria Merchberger
Sponsor – Chadwick Farms
1st runner-up –Mady Michalski
Sponsor – Charlotte Ridge Haflinger Farms
2nd runner-up – Aubrie Cottle
Sponsor – Joker’s M.C.
Miss Congeniality, 2017 – Aubrie Cottle
Trophy sponsor - U.P Tire
Miss Sportsmanship, 2017 – Mady Michalski
Trophy Sponsor - Chippewa County 4-H Teen Club
Miss Evening Gown, 2017 - Mady Michalski
Trophy Sponsor - Honorable Judge Elizabeth Church
Miss Photogenic, 2017 –Mady Michalski
Trophy Sponsor - Martina Vollman Photography
Miss Talent, 2017 - Vickie Merchberger
Trophy Sponsor - Darrell & Sue Wagner & Girls
Grace DeYoung Scholarship Winner – Aubrie Cottle
Jr. Miss Chippewa County Fair - 2017
Jr. Miss Princess –Jaden Crimin
Sponsor – Skinner’s Garage
1st runner-up – Elle Cottle
Sponsor – 30 Below Rabbitry
2nd runner-up – Lydia Hall –
Sponsor –Robinson Fence Company
Junior Miss Congeniality, 2017 – Elle Cottle
Trophy Sponsor –Chippewa County Fair
Junior Miss Evening Gown, 2017 - Elle Cottle
Trophy Sponsor –Chippewa County Fair
Junior Miss Photogenic, 2017 – Jaden Crimin
Trophy Sponsor - Picture This Photography
Junior Miss Sportsmanship.2017 – Lydia Hall
2017 Senior Citizen Volunteer Award Winner
Marj Mitchell is the 2017 winner of this award. She is currently the
superintendent of the Goat and Draft Horse Departments. She has
also served as Dairy Superintendent. Marj is always ready to step up
and help where needed. Every year we are able to count on her to
be the announcer at the various livestock shows and to help on
Saturday at the Market Livestock Sale. Her help is greatly
Marj was raised in Sault Ste.Marie before moving to the country
when she married Jim. They have a beef farm but also have raised
dairy cattle, sheep, horses, goats, chickens and hogs as fair
projects for their 3 daughters that showed at the fair while growing
up. She now has 7 grandchildren that also show at the fair. Marj and
Jim continues to support them in their endeavors.
Thank you Marj for always being there when we need you.
Claudia Crimin has retired from her position as swine superintendent. Thank you Claudia for your many years
Thank you also to Dee Besteman, who has served on the fair board for 40 years, and Travis Miller for their
service on the fair board. They will be missed
In January of 2018, Ben Bourque was nominated to
compete for the 2017 Volunteer of the Year for Zone 6,
which is all the fairs in the U.P. This award is for all the
volunteer hours and projects that he had done for the
Chippewa County Fair in 2017.
Ben is one of those people that when you ask he is
there. Ben has been responsible for installing the new
fans we have in our livestock buildings to improve the
ventilation. He is a member of the fair's livestock and
Thank you Ben for all you do.
The Chippewa County Fair Board nominated David Love for the
2017 Hall of Fame Award. David has been a member of the Fair
Board for 33 years (1981-2014). He was board president for 7
years (2002-2009). Dave continues to serves as sheep
superintendent (1982-current year). Helping with the many fair
activities and serving on fair committees has always kept David
busy. Perhaps the biggest problem he ever handled was the hog
quarantine in 2006 which took several months to be resolved.
David stepped up and made some very difficult decisions.
Community activities have also keep David busy. Through the
years, he has served on the ASCA Board (FSA),
Chippewa-Mackinac Soil Conservation District Board (15year).
Farm Bureau County Board, Dafter Zoning Board of Appeals
(7year), and is currently serving on the Dafter Planning
Commission Board (2010-current year).
We want to THANK David for his many years of service to the
Chippewa County Fair.
The Chippewa County Fair Board nominated Barb Hillock
for the 2017 Heritage Award. Barb was became a
member of the Chippewa County Fair Board in 1984 and
2 years later she took on the job of corresponding
secretary. She is still on the board and is still
In 1987, she took over as superintendent of the Beef
Breeding department. After
the retirement of the harness racing treasurer in 2004,
she took over that job. During fair week, Barb can be
found helping at most every livestock show as well as
manning the livestock office.
A new responsibility she has taken on for the fair, is
receiving all livestock pre-registration and final livestock
forms before giving to the proper superintendents.
She also volunteers to help with the Senior luncheon,
the Queen Contest and the Market Livestock Sale.
Barb is one of those people you are always looking
for, one that is willing to do what needs to be done. She
is also the one responsible for all the MDA reports being
done on time and correctly.
THANK YOU BARB FOR ALL YOU DO!
At the 2018 MAFE convention in January, Justus Hill was
awarded the Zone 6 Youth Volunteer of the Year. He was
chosen for this award from all the fair in the U.P..
This award is given to volunteers under the age of 21 and
volunteer their time during the year on a project.
Justus is a wonderful young man that has grown up at the
fair. Justus started showing hogs at age 9 and progressed
to market steers at age 11. He spent entry day helping in the
scale house, moving steers, lambs & hogs to their assigned
pens. He also helped load out on the last day.
Thanks Justus for all you do.
THANK YOU GREENSTONE-FCS
The Chippewa County Fair Board would like to give special thanks to GreenStone Farm Credit Services of Escanaba for its recent
donation to the fair. They donated enough money to cover the cost of a digital scales and printer to weigh market sale animals.
This scale is already installed in the scale house, certified and ready to go at fair time. It will enable us to weigh the small animals
(sheep, goats & hogs) with more precision. Be sure to thank the staff from the GreenStone Farm Credit Services-Escanaba Office
if you see them.