08-08-2019 Berrien County Youth Fair opens Monday, Aug. 12

Berrien County Youth Fair opens Monday, Aug. 12

“Welcome to the Fair” from the Board President

“On behalf of the Berrien County Youth Fair Board of Directors, I would like to welcome you to the 74th annual Berrien County Youth Fair, August 12-17. Our theme this year is ‘Country Nights and Carnival Lights’, and we are excited about making memories and celebrating at this year’s fair! The directors, fair staff, advisors, superintendents, sponsors, and over 1,500 volunteers have worked all year to make this a place to showcase the youth of Berrien County.

“We want to thank all of the people and businesses that have stepped forward to assist in raising funds for exhibitor premiums. Thanks to all of the people that attended the fundraiser dinner dance and also donated items for the silent auction, and to those that simply donated with the attitude that ‘it’s all about the kids’.

“The BCYF, which attracts over 120,000 spectators, is an event for the entire family to attend. Our visitors will find something for everyone to enjoy: almost 12,000 exhibits on display exhibited by over 2,000 Berrien County youth ages 5 through 20, animals, food, rides, over 150 commercial exhibits, entertainment, beautiful flowers and grounds with picnic tables and benches to name just a few. The fair is once again ‘going green’ this year! You’ll see recycling containers located throughout the grounds.

“Check out free attractions, including: a look at Berrien County’s rich agricultural history; The Magic of Jonathon LaChance, a FREE show for the entire family and daily entertainment in our mall area on the Al Barbott Memorial Stage with PA and lighting equipment from Indiana Michigan Power, Cook Nuclear Plant’s Heart of Cook grant. The Entertainment Committee is excited to host award winning country group Eli Young Band with special guest Paul Erdman on Wednesday, two nights of demolition derby and crowd favorite Bullmania to close out the week. Don’t forget the other unique entertainment at the Midwest’s Largest Youth Fair, including super farm, mini rods and hot farm truck and tractor pulls on Monday. Kids’ Day is Tuesday, with free admission for kids and three free circus shows in the Grandstand. We are expecting a lot of thrill seekers as we again offer one low price each day for rides wristband days, which is every day this year. I hope you will a make a date for your family to come and join in the fun at the 2019 Berrien County Youth Fair.

“As always you can find great fair food including just a few of our long time fair favorites such as Korn Dogs, Steak Tips, Fruit Pizza, Elephant Ears and Lemonade.

Corey Burks, President

Berrien County Youth Fair


Adult One-Day Pass (Ages 13 & Over) $7; Adult Season Pass $20; Child One-Day Pass (Ages 5-12) $4; Child Season Pass $10; Age 65 & Over One-Day Pass $5; Age 65 & Over Season Pass $13; Military One-Day Pass (with ID) $5; Military Season Pass (with ID) $13. FREE PARKING!


Sponsored by Country Heritage Credit Union, Shuttle Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. There will be special golf carts providing a shuttle service from various points throughout the fairgrounds to assist fair visitors who need a little extra assistance getting from one location to another. Shuttles will stop at designated locations, which will be marked with a sign.


The 2019 Berrien County Youth Fair gates open on Monday, August 12, at 7:30 a.m. with most exhibit buildings ready for viewing by 11 a.m. Rides, however, will not start until 6:00 p.m. on Monday only. Tuesday through Saturday, rides start at 11:00 a.m. Office hours during Fair Week are 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Admission gates close daily at 10:00 p.m. Tram service is available from the Yellow Parking Lot located near the Gate 3/Shawnee Entrance from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.