Gratiot County Fair for Youth

Gratiot County Fair for Youth A community based fair which puts on the annual Gratiot County Fair for Youth and serves as a venue for events in the Alma area.
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Want to be one of the cool kids? Then sign up for #gcffy on our fair entry form.  Download your 2020 GCFFY Fair Book at ...
05/29/2020

Want to be one of the cool kids? Then sign up for #gcffy on our fair entry form. Download your 2020 GCFFY Fair Book at www.gcffy.org and start picking out your classes and click on the link to register online. Registrations are due on June 15. Fair Books will not be printed this year. Our fair will be making a decision if we can have a live and in-person fair on June 26. Conditions in the state seem to be improving so we are really hopeful we can all enjoy the best week of the year together here at the fair. If we can't then we will still reach you. #MichiganFairs #FairStrong

05/27/2020
Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Update

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So much of this year seems like navigating through the fog.  For #gcffy we are blessed with a light which serves as our ...
05/18/2020

So much of this year seems like navigating through the fog. For #gcffy we are blessed with a light which serves as our beacon leading us forward. This light is our mission statement which says that we will provide youth an “opportunity to showcase their accomplishments.” We may have to be creative this year or we may be allowed to continue as normal but no matter what, we will be there for our exhibitors and our community. #FairStrong #MichiganFairs

If you missed the #gcffy registration deadline yesterday, you can still register with a fee.  The fee increases daily.  ...
05/17/2020

If you missed the #gcffy registration deadline yesterday, you can still register with a fee. The fee increases daily. Register at www.gcffy.org. Late this afternoon our form system filled up. Space has been since freed back up and exhibitors can register again. #MichiganFairs #FairStrong

You can’t show at #gcffy market classes without the correct bling.  Registrations are due 5/15 on gcffy.org and you need...
05/13/2020

You can’t show at #gcffy market classes without the correct bling. Registrations are due 5/15 on gcffy.org and you need to have the market animals tagged. Email info [at] gcffy [dot] org today to arrange for pick up on the fairgrounds before your time runs out. ALSO all breeding stock, Cloverbud animals, horses and dairy must be registered at gcffy.org as well. Don’t be shut out. #MichiganFairs #FairStrong

There is a special kind of person out there.  Without this type of person, we could not have fairs like we do.  These ve...
05/11/2020

There is a special kind of person out there. Without this type of person, we could not have fairs like we do. These very special people are our #FairMoms and #gcffy has the best out there. So on this #mothersday we want to say THANK YOU for being there for your exhibitors. You are the one who gives us a little push to get in the arena when we are scared. You are the one who brushes us off and gives us a hug when we fall down. You are the one who makes us complete that crazy record book. You are the one who feels our pain and wipes our tears when we aren’t successful or have to say goodbye to our animals. You make us laugh and help us become our best we can be. We love our Fair Moms and wish you all a Happy Mother’s Day. #MichiganFairs #FairStrong

Did y'all know there is this virus out there?  Well... we at #gcffy believe in being prepared so we can give youth an op...
05/08/2020

Did y'all know there is this virus out there? Well... we at #gcffy believe in being prepared so we can give youth an opportunity to showcase their accomplishments. Just because this COVID-19 stuff is around us does not mean we will not be there in whatever way we can. The GCFFY Fair Board is committed to planning an in-person event IF we can. We are also exploring options for a completely online fair. We are even looking at hybrid ideas for our exhibitors. Do we have all the answers yet? No but we are creating additional plans to be there for you. To help you understand more about how all this affects gcffy we have posted a news release on the front of www.gcffy.org. #MichiganFairs #FairStrong

May 15 is quickly approaching.  Be sure you have your animals registered to show at #gcffy.  If you want to show anythin...
05/07/2020

May 15 is quickly approaching. Be sure you have your animals registered to show at #gcffy. If you want to show anything other than rabbits or poultry, the animals must be registered or declared a week from tomorrow. Visit gcffy.org for more details and information on how to get your ear tags (I can set them out Friday - email me quantity and species to info [at] gcffy [dot] org to arrange pick up). Registrations include: MARKET feeder, goat, sheep and swine - Cloverbud Animal Declarations - Horse - Non-Market Declaration (breeding stock/pet beef, dairy, goat and sheep). Remember the fair is committed to having a sale even if we cannot open. #MichiganFairs #FairStrong

You have to register them to show them at #gcffy.  Several forms are due by May 15 and are live and online at www.gcffy....
04/29/2020

You have to register them to show them at #gcffy. Several forms are due by May 15 and are live and online at www.gcffy.org. Don’t miss out. During this uncertain time, we are committed to doing everything we can to provide our exhibitors a memorable fair experience. This includes holding a livestock sale even if our fair looks different this coming year. Don’t forget to register your dairy, and non-market beef, goats, and sheep on the Non-Market Declaration Form. #MichiganFairs #FairStrong

...and just like that the sun came out.  #gcffy #MichiganFairs #FairStrong
04/24/2020

...and just like that the sun came out. #gcffy #MichiganFairs #FairStrong

The ducks have invaded the grounds.  It seems to be a springtime tradition for them.  Speaking of ducks, the fair is not...
04/24/2020

The ducks have invaded the grounds. It seems to be a springtime tradition for them. Speaking of ducks, the fair is not going to order project chickens and ducks for the fair this year with all the changes and will not have the rate of gain class. You can still show market chickens and market ducks. If you want ducks they can ONLY be the Pekin breed and should be bought about ten weeks from the fair. If you want market chickens they should be bought 8-10 weeks before the fair. #gcffy #MichiganFairs #fairstrong @ Gratiot County Fair for Youth

We have been adding record books to the fair’s website over the last month.  Currently we the Beef, Feeder, Goat, Horse,...
04/15/2020

We have been adding record books to the fair’s website over the last month. Currently we the Beef, Feeder, Goat, Horse, Rabbit, Sheep & Swine books have been updated for 2020 and are online. I hope you take this time while you are home and start working on your questions. One of the resources we use to put these together are from Ohio State University. Their Resource Handbooks are created for 4-H/Fair age youth. With our MSU Extension/4-H partners closed right now you are not able to check out these books. This would be a great opportunity for you to purchase your own family copy and the link is in the bio. Good luck getting your records together and getting you ready for a great #gcffy !!! #MichiganFairs #FairStrong @ Gratiot County Fair for Youth

During all this craziness around us, I thought I would give you a little glimpse of the #gcffy fair office in 2009.  It ...
04/07/2020

During all this craziness around us, I thought I would give you a little glimpse of the #gcffy fair office in 2009. It is amazing how far we have grown since then thanks to our incredible Gratiot County community. I have come to learn this community can do anything even if that means we physically staying away from each other right now. #MichiganFairs #FairStrong

By now many of may have seen a statement from MSU Extension/4-H.  At the state level, they made the very difficult decis...
04/04/2020

By now many of may have seen a statement from MSU Extension/4-H. At the state level, they made the very difficult decision to cancel all in person events through September 1. It is important to remember while #gcffy partners and collaborates with our 4-H partners, we are separate organizations. At this time our fair is being planned as normal and every day I am making calls to put on and organize the best fair this side of the Mississippi (I know really all USA but I don’t feel it is good to brag. 😉). With that said, it would be irresponsible of our fair not to work on a creatively awesome back up plan in case we are forced to go virtual. Let’s hope all this is figured out long before then, and we are riding rides, showing livestock and watching the Consumers Energy Rodeo together this summer. #MichiganFairs #FairStrong

Need your official #gcffy ear tags?  To keep our social distancing so we can beat our invisible foe, Mr. Virus, we need ...
03/30/2020

Need your official #gcffy ear tags? To keep our social distancing so we can beat our invisible foe, Mr. Virus, we need to be creative and we have two ways for you to get your tags. Either way contact me via email at bgardner [at] gcffy [dot] org (put “EAR TAGS” in the subject line) or via Facebook messenger. Let me know how many tags and what kind of tags you need. When I am on the fairgrounds (I am not working on the grounds every day), I will process your order. You can either choose to pick up your tags and I will give you your very own scavenger hunt to find them and you can drop the payment in our dropbox OR you can choose to have them mailed and accept an additional $5 shipping & handling fee. When I have them ready, I will email and confirm your order. Orders will typically be filled on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons. #MichiganFairs #FairStrong

03/28/2020
We Will Milk Cows (We Will Rock You Parody)

Today, I want to say a huge #gcffy thank you to the amazing ag community who continues to feed us while we are all practicing our “social distancing”. Just thought y’all might appreciate this today. #michiganfairs #fairstrong

Check out our parody of "We Will Rock You" by Queen called "We Will Milk Cows!" There is a lot of misinformation about dairy farms and we thought we'd make a...

The state’s new Executive Order falls on #gcffy.  Through April 13 we will be closed to the public but still working.  V...
03/23/2020

The state’s new Executive Order falls on #gcffy. Through April 13 we will be closed to the public but still working. Visit gcffy.org for more details. Stay smart, be well and prepare to celebrate with us starting July 25!!! #MichiganFairs #MakeMineAlma

Jump start into fair.  There are lots of projects you can do now and exhibit at #gcffy this summer.  One such project is...
03/21/2020

Jump start into fair. There are lots of projects you can do now and exhibit at #gcffy this summer. One such project is your newly update beef and feeder record books. They are at gcffy.org awaiting your download. Other books will be coming online very soon as well. Not a beef/feeder kid? Try out a craft or create a cool educational project. There is sewing, woodworking and so much more. Can’t wait to see everyone on July 25. Till then be smart and stay safe. #MichiganFairs

The last thing right now we want is for #gcffy to cause your family additional stress.  With our MSU Extension/4-H partn...
03/20/2020

The last thing right now we want is for #gcffy to cause your family additional stress. With our MSU Extension/4-H partners having to close their doors to the public (they are still working and available at 989 [-] 875 [-] 5233) yesterday it will be harder for you to get ear tags. As such GCFFY has extended the deadline for the Market Feeder Project registration from April 15 to May 15. Talks are happening right now as well to ensure we are able to market livestock even if this social distancing continues into August. Look for more information coming soon as to how we will be set up to serve our clients as this continues to unfold. #MichiganFairs

Tonight is the annual #gcffy Fair Benefit Auction at the Elks in Alma.  We appreciate our amazing supporters who have do...
03/13/2020

Tonight is the annual #gcffy Fair Benefit Auction at the Elks in Alma. We appreciate our amazing supporters who have donated auction items and all of you who have bought tickets. The wonderful staff at the Elks are preparing an great meal that includes fish and you can still get tickets at the door. We encourage you to make your own personal decision on whether to come tonight we are going to press on as planned. #michiganfairs @ Alma Elks Lodge #1400

A HUGE thank you to our incredible community for donating items for our auction.  We still have a few tickets left for F...
03/11/2020

A HUGE thank you to our incredible community for donating items for our auction. We still have a few tickets left for Friday night at the Elks (Doors open at 6 pm, $25 per person). If you want to come email [email protected] and let us know how many you want set aside. #gcffy #MichiganFairs #MakeOurAlma #ScotlandUSA

Did you ever want to show your canine companion at #gcffy?  Then come to the Pups R Us 4-H Club Informational Meeting at...
02/28/2020

Did you ever want to show your canine companion at #gcffy? Then come to the Pups R Us 4-H Club Informational Meeting at 6:00 p.m., Monday, March 2 at the GCFFY Fair Office Conference Room. All dogs showing at the fair must show through Pups R Us 4-H Club. Click onhttp://gcffy.org/parts/pupsrus_practice_schedule.pdf for more information and future club training dates. #MakeItYourAlma #MichiganFairs

A few new changes will be in the #gcffy fair book this coming year.  In 2020 exhibitors can take up to eight rabbit and ...
02/26/2020

A few new changes will be in the #gcffy fair book this coming year. In 2020 exhibitors can take up to eight rabbit and or cavy (guinea pig) exhibits. The market weights of rabbits has been updated to meet that of the #AmericanRabbitBreedersAssociation weights. Make sure your market rabbits are between 3.5 and 5.5 lbs. at the fair this coming year. Also breed classes will be added for Silver Marten and Himalayan rabbits. #MichiganFairs

02/26/2020

I was going through my pictures from last year’s fair and found a video from the final drive of the market feeder class. On a cold and snowy February day, it is fun to remember the excitement of the 2019 #gcffy. #MichiganFairs

#gcffy pigs must now be ractopamine free from birth.  If you show pigs or sell swine or feed to fair exhibitors, you wil...
02/19/2020

#gcffy pigs must now be ractopamine free from birth. If you show pigs or sell swine or feed to fair exhibitors, you will want to understand this new rule. More information is at www.gcffy.org. #michiganfairs

Want to show a big boy… I’m talking the beautiful and often fluffy market beef steers… at #gcffy?  Then be sure to click...
02/17/2020

Want to show a big boy… I’m talking the beautiful and often fluffy market beef steers… at #gcffy? Then be sure to click submit by 11:59 p.m. tonight (without paying a fee) on the online beef registration form. The form is found at http://www.gcffy.org/fair_forms.html. Completed registrations will generate a confirmation page and an email to the email address you provide on the registration form. Before you start registering make sure you have a photo showing the side of your beef animal and the ear tag clearly visible and un touched by human hands saved on the device/computer you will be entering your registration information.

Since today is my own kids’ Mid-Winter Break, I will be spending time with them today (Monday) and the fair office will be closed. If you still need a yellow beef ear tag, visit our wonderful neighbors to the North at the MSU Extension/4-H Office through 4:30 p.m. today. They have them in stock and will serve you with a friendly smile on their face. The fair office will reopen tomorrow (Tuesday).

Other deadlines are as follows… Market Feeder Steers – April 15; Market Goats, Sheep & Swine – May 15; Horse – May 15; Non-Market Declaration Form (all those dairy and breeding stock animals – except for poultry and rabbits) – May 15; Cloverbud Animal Declaration – May 15; Pocket Pets – June 15; Fair Entry Form – June 15. These forms will be updated soon. #makeityouralma #michiganfairs

It’s good to be back in Alma and learning how #gcffy can help build this community into this new decade and to be a bett...
01/27/2020

It’s good to be back in Alma and learning how #gcffy can help build this community into this new decade and to be a better resource. #AlmaCollege #LeadingChangeBuildingCommunities #MichiganFairs

Who doesn’t love a good party?  Plan to attend the Fair Benefit Dinner and Auction on March’s Friday the 13th.  There wi...
01/23/2020

Who doesn’t love a good party? Plan to attend the Fair Benefit Dinner and Auction on March’s Friday the 13th. There will be a great dinner put on by the great folks at the Alma Elks and there will be all of your fair family. Lots of auction items are being collected thank to our very generous community and the fair always auctions off a fair week campsite. Mark your calendars and plan to have a great time with #gcffy. #MichiganFairs

Want to enjoy some amazing wings and support #gcffy?  Mark your calendars and plan to join us for lunch, dinner or a sna...
01/22/2020

Want to enjoy some amazing wings and support #gcffy? Mark your calendars and plan to join us for lunch, dinner or a snack at @BuffaloWildWings in Mt. Pleasant on Sunday, February 9, 2020. BWW will donate 20% of your purchases to the fair if you present a copy of this coupon. #SupportTheFair #MichiganFairs #Wings

The fair office will now be closed until next Monday.  I so appreciate your patience as I deal with getting my daughter ...
01/22/2020

The fair office will now be closed until next Monday. I so appreciate your patience as I deal with getting my daughter back to health. If you need immediate attention, please email me at [email protected]. Tags can be purchased from the MSU Extension/4-H Office and they are open this week and they can receive campsite payments. So... I want to leave you with a glimpse back at last summer’s #gcffy. I can feel the warmth and not only of the beautiful summer day but also of the close community of our fair family. #MichiganFairs

If you want to show the big boys at #gcffy, you need to register.  Your 2020 Market Beef registration form is live (link...
01/20/2020

If you want to show the big boys at #gcffy, you need to register. Your 2020 Market Beef registration form is live (link in the comments) and a link will be uploaded to the fair’s website later this week but this link is live. Like last year we are using formsite to produce an online registration. Before you start you will want to make sure a photo or photos of your animal showing its side and has an ear tag completely visible on the device you will be using to upload your project. This is only for market beef projects. All other beef (and other animals projects except poultry and rabbits) must be registered at a different deadline date. This includes breeding stock and pleasure animals like horses. Market projects must have an ear tag which can be purchased by the MSU Extension Office or the GCFFY Fair Office ($1 each). #michiganfairs

The #gcffy office will be closed Monday and Tuesday this week.  Beef tags can be purchased via the MSU Extension Office ...
01/20/2020

The #gcffy office will be closed Monday and Tuesday this week. Beef tags can be purchased via the MSU Extension Office just south of the Alma Post Office. The final touches are being added to the online beef registration forms and will be ready on Wednesday (if not before). #michiganfairs

This past weekend #gcffy board members and I joined several other #michiganfairs representatives at the annual Michigan ...
01/13/2020

This past weekend #gcffy board members and I joined several other #michiganfairs representatives at the annual Michigan Association of Fairs and Exhibitions Conference in Grand Rapids. This year two of our youth volunteers served on a panel discussion focusing on youth involvement on a fair board. Hayley Cary and Keegan Humm served as part of this conversation and helped share their ideas on youth fair volunteerism across the state. A HUGE thank you to each GCFFY volunteer who took time away to represent our fair and to learn how we can make our great fair even better.

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701 S. Lincoln Ave.
Alma, MI
48801

General information

Come to the 2017 fair starting Sunday, July 30 and finishing on Saturday, August 5. For updated schedule, visit our website at www.gcffy.org. The fair's location and mailing address is 701 S. Lincoln Ave., P.O. Box 1024, Alma, Michigan 48801. Our regular office hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. We are closed on Wednesdays.

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Monday 08:30 - 16:30
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 08:30 - 16:30
Friday 08:30 - 16:30

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(989) 466-5071

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