It takes more than a weekend shower to put a damper on the Shiawassee County Fair.
Fair manager Rick Crawford told ABC12 that, "a little moisture doesn't hurt us. We're country people. We enjoy the rain!"
The fair dates back to the year 1850. It officially opened for business again on Sunday, but kicks into high gear today. Hundreds of people are already camping out behind the carnival midway.
"The atmosphere is fantastic. The kids have a great time. Shiawassee County is a great place to be when it comes to county fairs," said Crawford.
Entertainment begins tonight with a monster truck show, and several concerts are scheduled throughout the week. The lineup features everything from rock'n'roll tribute acts, to performances by up and coming stars.
"Shelagh Brown is coming in Friday. She's a new up and coming country singer. You'll find her at the top of the charts soon," said Crawford.
At the heart of the fair, is a sense of community. 4-H and FFA members are competing against each other in a food drive battle to benefit the Shiawassee County Hunger Network.
Junior Advisor Levi Voohries said that "a lot of people in the community need help. We're all fortunate at the fair. Everybody bring a can or two, and it'll just help Shiawassee County."
The food drive isn't only to help people. Organizers are looking out for pets as well.
Fair Queen Katie Maynard said, "with the economy the way it is, sometimes its hard for kids to be able to raise animals and show animals because their parents don't have the money to feed them."
(standup marc 51:21) "obviously, the stars of the fair are the animals. We have Macy the cow, who likes to lick pants. And look at this. Jenny the bunny is getting a nice ride here from her friend."
Donations will be accepted on site. The Shiawassee County Fair runs through Saturday. For a schedule of events, visit the "see it on tv" section at ABC12.com.