Summer Fun: Your 2018 Guide To The County Fairs

The season for demolition derbies, carnival rides and all the fried foods has arrived -- quintessential summer vibes, even when you're baking into the pavement.

Last summer, for the first time in years, we hit up the Cass County Fair, which seems so much more compact than I remembered. We zizagged our way across the fairgrounds, riding spinny rides, munching on elephant ears, wandering through the horse barns and checking out the monster trucks on a whim. Those were a huge hit.

The most memorable moment came when we were sitting outside a barn, watching my unsuspecting 9-year-old nephew leisurely walk across a small field as a rogue 4-H cow came running fast right behind him. If you haven't had to mime to someone that an angry bovine is bearing down on them, you are missing out. Aaaah, summer.

Which county fair is your favorite? Share some fond memories in the comments!

Van Buren County Youth Fair | July 16-21

Hartford, MI

Kids' day: Wednesday, July 18 ($18 armband noon to close)

General admission: $7 for adults | $3 for kids ages 6-12 | Free for ages 0-5 Ottawa County Fair | July 23-28

Holland, MI

Kids' day: Tuesday, July 24 (​$15 wristbands)

Family Fun Day

General admission: $4 for adults | $1 for kids ages 3-10 | free for ages 0-2

Cass County Fair | July 29-August 4

Cassopolis, MI

Kids' day: Tuesday, July 13 (free general admission for ages 6-12; $10 wristband)

General admission: $7 for adults | $2 for ages 6-12 | $1 for ages 0-5

Branch County Fair | August 5-11

Coldwater, MI

Kids' day: Tuesday, August 7

Berrien County Youth Fair | August 13-18

Berrien Springs, MI

Kids' day: Tuesday, August 15 (free admission for ages 0-18; free circus)

General admission: $7 for adults | $4 for ages 5-12 | free for 0-4 Allegan County Fair | September 7-15

Allegan, MI

Kids' day: Monday, September 10 (free admission & $2 rides)

General admission: $7 for adults | $4 for ages 6-18 | free for 0-5

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