Berrien County Youth Fair Displays the Talent of our Youth, Builds Character

One of the highlights of summer takes place next week in Berrien Springs.

The talent of young people from across Southwest Michigan will be on display at the Berrien County Youth Fair, running from Aug. 13-18.

The event will include more than 14,000 exhibits ranging from dairy, beef and sheep to home economics and horticulture, presented by more than 2,500 youth from 5 to 20 years old.

These exhibits exemplify the fair’s vision: “Building the character of the community by developing the character of our youth.” As anyone who has displayed at a fair knows, it takes hard work and perseverance to produce a winning entry. And it makes winners out of all those who enter.

For more than six decades, the Berrien County Youth Fair has been honoring these young ladies and gentlemen for their hard work. This year the winners will be rewarded with cash prizes, trophies, savings bonds and gift certificates.

The county fair, one of the largest of its kind in the Midwest, also includes outstanding entertainment. This year the grandstand artists include Arkansas native and country music star Justin Moore and rock singer Bret Michaels.

The fair has consistently fulfilled its purpose of promoting and advancing the interests of agriculture, horticulture, household arts and related fields while instilling character in our young people and building a solid foundation for our future.

I applaud the Berrien County Youth Fair for their wonderful work in Southwest Michigan, and I encourage residents to join me at the fair.

For more information about the fair and to purchase grandstand tickets, please visit