At the Emmet-Charlevoix County Fair: Thursday, Aug. 21


Fair Week continues through Sunday, Aug. 24!

Carnival opens today at NOON and it's Kids' Day again! Ride one price: $20

Today's highlight:


Click here for concert ticket information


Listen to some of Joe Nichols' most popular hits on YouTube, including "Yeah," "Sunny and75," "Brokenheartsville" and "Gimme that Girl!"


Here's what's happening THURSDAY at the FAIR!

10 am: Community Building opens to the public (til 9 pm)
Noon: Carnival opens
3 pm: Market Livestock Auction
5:30 pm: Highland Dancers at the Community Building outdoor stage
6 pm: Concert night! JOE NICHOLS CONCERT IN THE GRANDSTAND! With two opening acts, Ryan Broshear starting at 6 p.m. and Raven Cliff playing at 7:15 p.m.! Joe takes the stage around 8:30 p.m.

The complete Fair schedule can be found by clicking here!


Plus, check out our FAIR PHOTO GALLERIES on the Emmet County and Fair Facebook pages!


Waning moon means weekend of great stargazing Aug. 22-25!

'Waning Moon Weekend and New Moon Stargazing!'

Stargazing and on-site staff will guide dark-sky gazers Aug. 22-25 at the Headlands International Dark Sky Park!

When: Friday to Monday, Aug. 22-25
Location: Dark Sky Viewing Area at the Headlands International Dark Sky Park
Time: 8:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Summer is not complete without an evening relaxing on a blanket beneath the stars in Northwest Michigan, and this year, the end of August brings a weekend of waning moonlight, which means views of the richest part of the Milky Way will be spectacular.

“The waning crescent phase of the Moon means that our lunar companion doesn’t come out until the wee hours, and then, only as a slim (albeit beautiful) crescent,” said Mary Stewart Adams, Headlands Program Director. “So for nighttime stargazers, this is a weekend that promises some of the darkest, most satisfying, and spectacular viewing.”

For complete weekend Headlands details, please click here!


Is there a more beautiful Big Green Gym than in Emmet County? We think not.

Help Emmet County win the 2014 Big Green Gym Challenge!

Join Team Emmet County to bring grant dollars to NW Michigan for trail upkeep

Emmet County has the best Big Green Gym in Michigan, and Emmet County is hoping to prove it to the state of Michigan!  You can help us by taking part in the 2014 statewide Big Green Gym Blues Challenge, sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

This free, eight-week competition encourages participants of all ages to commit to improving their health by exercising in Michigan’s outdoor parks and recreation spaces and joining their local communities to compete in a physical activity competition. All you need to do to participate is register online and log your hours of physical activity from Aug. 2 through Sept. 27!

Each year, the winner of the Big Green Gym Challenge receives grant funding from the challenge’s sponsors. Emmet County has put together a team with the hopes of winning this year’s challenge and using the grant funding for maintenance of the Little Traverse Wheelway and the North Western State Trail.

“By taking part in the Big Green Challenge with Emmet County, you’re not only helping yourself become more active and physically fit, but you’re also benefitting your community,” said Laurie Gaetano, Emmet County Parks and Recreation Director. “We have the most beautiful surroundings in Northwest Michigan for getting outside and taking part in physical activities, and this is a great time of year to enjoy our own Big Green Gym here in Emmet County!”




Imagine magazine 2014


We are thrilled to distribute the 2014-15 issue of Emmet County's annual promotional magazine, Imagine

Emmet County's annual magazine, Imagine, features the people, places, organizations and communities that make Emmet County a one-of-a-kind place to live, work and play. Up here, quality of life is everything.

This year's magazine, published by Harbor House Publishers in Boyne City, also includes a number of enhancements, including numerous videos that further showcase the unparalleled natural beauty and the residents who are invested in making Northwest Michigan a place like no other. An expanded section on the features of Emmet County is also a new addition to this sixth annual edition.

This year's cover image was captured by Harbor House Publishers photographer Philip Hutchinson, along the famed Inland Waterway, a 30+ mile of chain of inland lakes and rivers that begins in Emmet County and flows northeasterly out to Lake Huron. It's one of Emmet County's most beautiful natural assets and is the perfect reflection of life Up North!

To have a complimentary copy of Imagine magazine mailed to you, contact its writer/editor Beth Anne Eckerle with your mailing address:, or (231) 348-1704.


Download the Emmet County App!

Take Emmet County with you on your smart device, cell phone or tablet by downloading our NEW app! 

  • Details about the county's parks and recreation opportunities, including McGulpin Point Lighthouse and the Headlands (with trail map);
  • Program schedule for the monthly events at the Headlands International Dark Sky Park;
  • Locator map of all the public parks within Emmet County (including city, village, township and other parks);
  • Locator map of all the historic sites in Emmet County and details;
  • Trail maps for the Little Traverse Wheelway, Headlands and Petoskey and Harbor Springs snowmobile routes;
  • Pellston Regional Airport information;
  • Links to the County's social media sites.

Download the free app and check it out! It's available now in the Google Play and iOS app stores.