Thrill of the fair

Krystle Wagner • Jul 21, 2015 at 2:50 PM

The Ottawa County Fair kicks off today and runs through Saturday at the Ottawa County Fairgrounds, 1286 Ottawa Beach Road in Holland. Each year, between 60,000 and 70,000 people attend the fair to see 4-H club events, sit in the Grandstand for stunt shows, and attend the carnival, said Jeff Myaard, president of the Ottawa County Fair.

“It’s absolutely a blast to see all the happy faces out there,” he said. “That’s why we do it.”

As the carnival, petting zoo and Grandstand events kick off, members of 4-H clubs will also step into the ring as they compete with a variety of animals including goats, hogs, horses, rabbits and donkeys.

On Wednesday, Alicia Heyblom will show a miniature horse named Blackmailer, who stands about 37.5 inches tall at the withers.

Heyblom, 14, is a member of the Mini Dreams Miniature Horse 4-H Club.

The Grand Haven Township teen said she’s looking forward to stepping into the ring. Heyblom said she likes having the chance to experience working with the horse in different patterns such as pivoting, backing up, trotting and walking.

“It’s just so fun,” she said.

See more of this story in Monday's print or electronic editions of the Grand Haven Tribune.

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