Genesee County Fair kicks off its week long festivities Monday

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MT. MORRIS (WJRT) - (08/20/2018) - The Genesee County Fair kicks off today with plenty of activities for family fun.

The fair is in its 169th year and will run from Monday until Sunday at the E.A. Cummings Center in Mt. Morris.

The fair will feature new attractions like a Lady Houdini escape artist, Racing pigs and plenty of new vendors.

Christian Miller, the executive director of the fair, is expecting a large crowd this week, somewhere around 140,000 visitors. And they are putting plans into place to make sure everyone has a safe and fun experience.

"We have a private security company that comes in,” said Miller. “In some areas we do random wanding and so forth. Of course safety is always important especially with the number of people we have."

With the recent cases of swine flu occurring around Michigan, Miller said they are also taking proper precautions with the animals.

Miller said all the pigs were inspected and passed by a state veterinarian as well as a local veterinarian.

The pigs will arrive to the fair on Thursday for the Swine Show, and then will be auctioned off on Saturday.

Monday’s main event is a Monster truck show that began at 7 p.m. But some visitors began lining up at 8 a.m. that morning.

A group of friends including Barbara Erler of Swartz Creek and Loretta Cole of Flint visit the fair every year for the past 30 years.

But it’s the only time of the year they get to see each other. So every year the week of the fair they bring their lawn chairs bright and early while they sit and catch up. And it's a tradition they cherish.

"It's very special,” said Erler. “We wait for the fair every year so that we can come and see each other. We have a great time."

To find out what else the fair has to offer and the schedule of the week’s events visit the link attached to this story.

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