Port Oneida Fair

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August 12 & 13, 2022


Step back in time at the Port Oneida Fair and experience life as it was in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Imagine the life of the pioneers as you help bale hay or watch a broom-maker at work. Learn about spinning, basket weaving, soap making, butter making, candle dipping, and fur trapping. Listen as park rangers and local history experts share the area's history. Watch as teams of oxen and horses cut, load, and haul hay and artists and craftsmen demonstrate their skills.

The fair is held at 6 of the historic farmsteads in Port Oneida. Each farm has a variety of artists, crafts, food, and activities for visitors. Click on the farm names below to see what's happening at each farm. A shuttle bus runs between the farms on a regular schedule during the fair, so you can park your car and easily get around to the different venues.

Special Fair Events

Friday, August 12

Burfiend Barn

10 am-4 pm - Early American Michigan Cricket
11 am-3 pm - Rigs and Jeels Celtic Music

Kelderhouse Farm

10 am-4 pm - Meet Kelderhouse family descendants

Port Oneida Schoolhouse

11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm - One-room school is in session

Olsen Farm

11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm - Farm Life Re-enactments
1:15-2 pm Songs Sleeping Bear - Steve Pichan

Thoreson Farm

noon-3 pm - Music and Storytelling - Pat Niemesto and Norm Wheeler

6:30-8:30 pm - Sleeping Bear Stories: Two Lost Tales of the Past Presented by Beach Bards and Co.
*bring your own blankets and chairs

Saturday, August 13

Burfiend Barn

11:30 am-3:30 pm - North Bay Celtic Band

Kelderhouse Farm

10 am-4 pm - Meet Kelderhouse family descendants

Port Oneida Schoolhouse

11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm - One-room school is in session

Olsen Farm

11 am, noon, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm - Lumberjacks (15 minute presentations)
2:15-3:15 pm Hammer’d Dulcimer Music Group

Thoreson Farm

noon-3 pm - Music and Storytelling - Pat Niemesto and Norm Wheeler

Farm Information

Dechow Farm
Kelderhouse Farm
Schoolhouse
Burfiend Barn
Olsen Farm
Thoreson Farm

 
Horse-drawn wagon ride at the Port Oneida Fair
Fair goers enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides.

Kerry Kelly 2007

Are you an artist who has created work in or of the Port Oneida area? We are always looking for submission for our Port Oneida Fair poster.

The Port Oneida Fair is presented by Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in partnership with Preserve Historic Sleeping Bear. To learn more about how you can help support the park, visit www.phsb.org.

Last updated: August 8, 2022

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Empire , MI 49630

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