Community Building/Fairgrounds

Community Building/Fairgrounds
1129 Charlevoix Ave. (U.S. 31 S)
Petoskey, MI  49770
(Closest major intersection is U.S. 31 and U.S. 131 North)

Call the Fairgrounds Office at 231-348-5479

Email: Austin LaVigne, Fairgrounds Sales Coordinator, at

Please note that rates are subject to change annually. Please call to confirm current rates. 

Fairgrounds/Community Building Rental Rates

What you need to know about renting the facilities

Fairgrounds Community Building

Fairgrounds Community Building

A multiple-use facility

The Community Building at the Fairgrounds is often used for a variety of events large and small, public and private. Some examples include weddings and receptions, non-profit events, community fund-raisers, business meetings and seminars, special shows like an annual flower, quilts, garden and gun shows, bridge and ping-pong tournaments, children’s events, music concerts, prom dances, tool trade shows, and two major annual antique festivals in July and August.

Below are rental rates for the Community Building, the J.D. Harris Building (Equestrian Center), the Grand Stand, and the T-Barn and Horse Barns.

Visit the Emmet-Charlevoix County Fair Website -The annual Emmet-Charlevoix County Fair is held the third week of August at the Petoskey Fairgrounds.

Spin Tour of Community Building
Take a virtual spin tour of the Community Building

Fairgrounds/Community Building Rental Rates

Community-Center Floor Plan


Community Building

SEATING: Table Measurements (Download PDF)
Maximum capacity: Seating 300 – Standing/Concert style 650
AREA: 11,000 Square Feet
KEY RETURN: Leave key in Community Building where designated.

Type of Rental Request FEE
Full Day (Fri-Sun only) $1,500
Full Day (Mon-Thurs) $1,000
4 hr block (Fri & Sun only) $500
4 hr block (Mon-Thurs) $350
Security Deposit** $300
Bath House $150/Daily
Cleaning Fee $300

***Additional restrooms and showers separate from the Community Building for major events.

J. D. Harris Building (Equestrian Center)

Type of Rental Request FEE
Building $200 Daily
Arena $90 Daily


SEATING: 2,792 maximum capacity

Type of Rental Request  FEE
Grand Stand including Bath House $3,150
Infield $90 Daily
Horse Ring $60 Daily
Stall $15 per Stall per Day
Green-space next to Grandstands $600 + $300 Deposit
Security Deposit** $500


T-Barn and Horse Barns

Type of Rental Request FEE
T-Barn Rental $700/Daily
Security Deposit** $300
Horse Barns

(Barn #1 is used for storage.)


What you need to know about renting the facilities

The Emmet County Community Building includes:

  • full restroom facilities and a commercial kitchen.
  • A small sound system and stage are available at no extra charge.
  • You are responsible for setting up and cleaning up after your event.
  • Emmet County provides tables and chairs for seating up to 300. (Standing room capacity is 650.)
  • Recycling is available on-site.
  • You will need to bring your own linens, glassware, china, silver, etc. for outfitting your event. You may choose your own licensed caterer for your event.

Is there a deposit?
To secure an event date, a $300 security is required to reserve the date. Emmet County accepts cash, check, Visa and Mastercard. This security deposit is returned approximately three weeks after your event provided that the building is in the same condition as it was presented to you.

Alcoholic beverages is allowed at events. However, liquor liability coverage is required under your homeowner’s insurance policy.
If you are selling alcohol at your event, proof of State of Michigan licensing is required to be posted at the event.

No pets are allowed within the buildings. All pets outside must be on a leash.


  • You are responsible for providing your own decorative lighting.
  • If you would like to decorate the ceiling rafters (approx. 25 feet high), you must bring your own scaffolding.
  • No tape allowed on the walls.

Food preparation guidelines
If you have questions about food preparation guidelines, contact the Health Department of Northwest Michigan or call (231) 347-6014.

How late can you stay?
All events must end by 1 a.m.

Park Ordinance
The Emmet County Parks Ordinance can be accessed by clicking here.

Who can you call for more information?
Call the Fairgrounds office at 231-348-5479.
Fax is (231) 348-0019


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