Port Oneida Fair

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We won't be hosting a Port Oneida Fair in 2020, but we will be back on Friday, August 13 & Saturday, August 14 for the 2021 Port Oneida Fair!

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, along with its many partners, has made the decision to cancel the Port Oneida Fair scheduled for August 7-8, 2020. Although the park continues to work toward a phased reopening of park facilities, the uncertainty about when public health guidance will safely allow large gatherings of people has led us to cancel the Fair. Superintendent Scott Tucker stated that “The significant preparation that would be needed from staff, partners, and volunteers precludes waiting any longer to make the decision. We look forward to when we can welcome crowds of people back into the park – and to celebrating with you at the next Port Oneida Fair on August 13-14, 2021!

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Most years, near the beginning of August, you can take a 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.

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

Sky gazing will close out the two-day fair on Saturday, August 10 at the Thoreson Farm. We will be looking at the sun from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm and at the night sky from 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm. Join park rangers and the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society (GTAS) to experience a form of recreation that has been enjoyed by many generations and continues today. GTAS members share their telescopes and knowledge while viewing Mars, Saturn, and the Perseid meteor shower. Learn about astronomy as it was in the 1900s. Remember to bring a flashlight for the walk back to your car.

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: May 12, 2020

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