7:30-9:30 am Pancake Breakfast at Sparta Civic Center
Hosted by Sparta United Methodist Church
Proceeds benefit the church’s Back to School Kickoff event. $5 per person.
8 am Wooden Bat Softball Tournament at Nash Field
Wooden bat double elimination. Visit spartafair.com for entry details.
8 am 26th Annual Run Thru Sparta in Balyeat Field
A fast, flat 5K race. Enjoy beautiful downtown and rural Sparta. Register online at goracego.com. Race morning begins at 6:30 am.
Sponsors: Momber’s Pharmacy, Sparta Tire & Automotive, North Kent Eagles, ReMax United, Sparta Liquor, Sparta Rugby Club, Van Hydraulics, Inc., Wright Way Appraisal
9am – 2 pm Art in Sparta Competition & Exhibit – Artist Alumni at Peace Lutheran Church, 1225 12 Mile Road
From 9 am to 1 pm the Featured Artists will speak for 45 minutes with a 15 minute Q&A/Break period in between. Open Mic after with refreshments available. FREE!
Hostess: Charlotte Ambrose, Instructor 1964 – 1988
Special Friend Host: Bob Stiles, Instructor 1961 – 1979
9:00 – 9:45 Ted Badgerow Class of 1970
9:45 – 10:30 Rose Reister-Ellis Class of 1977
10:30 – 11:15 Shirley Forwood-Matsche Class of 1953
11:15 – 12:00 Judd Gibbs Class of 1987
12:00 – 1:00 Ned Rouse Class 1972
Sponsor: Ad Solutions
9am – 3pm NEW! Village Marketplace 154 East Division (rear parking lot)
Shop and stroll this new vendor area from S. Union through the Village Parking Lot to Washington St.
10 am Beef Cattle Show at Buth Field
8-9:30 am registration. Beef and feeder steer show, Beef Heifer, Beef showmanship, Market, Cloverbud and Breed Classes.
Sponsors: Sparta Animal Clinic, Sparta Elevator
10 am – 4 pm Railroad Depot Open House 400 N. Union
Come and tour Sparta’s 100+ year old Depot, Caboose and Rail Cars. Fantastic replica model railroad in the Box Car.
10 am to End of Parade Hospitality area and Restrooms at Sparta Baptist Church
Stick around to watch the parade from the corner of State St. and Division. The building will be open for bathroom use, too!
11 am PARADE
Grand Marshals: Bub and Mary Hale
Parade commentary with bleacher seating at Union and Division. Spectators: Please keep your kids curbside for safety!
Sponsor: Choice One Bank
11:30 am 8th Annual Balyeat Bags in Balyeat Field
THREE division double elimination Cornhole Tournament with cash prizes. Registration forms available at spartafair.com or by fax or email. Contact Ryan at 616-262-2885 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Jason Duflo at 616-481-4354 or at greatlakes email@example.com.
Noon to 1 am Entertainment Tent in Balyeat Field
No cover charge. $3 beers noon – 6 pm! Featuring Budweiser beverages. Only guests 21 and over will be admitted after 9 pm with a VALID PHOTO ID!
Sponsors: Bow Tie Tavern, Customer Comfort Heating & Cooling, Dave Cole Decorators, Water Works Irrigation
Noon Carnival Rides Open in the Village Parking Lot
Unlimited Ride Armband 5 pm to close for $18. $3 off coupon available in the Fair Program.
12-5 pm Pete Veldt Memorial Car Show E. Division after Parade
The cruise-in car show is dedicated to the life and legacy of Sparta citizen Peter James Veldt. Cars, trucks, and motorcycles are welcome. Cars will line the street downtown after the parade.
Sponsors: Premier Auto & Truck Parts, Kenowa Body Shop, DJ Debski Trucking, Sparta Chevrolet, Apple Ridge Towing, American Gas & Oil, Anderson Insurance Agency
12:30 pm Live Music in Balyeat Field
AFter the Parade, enjoy live entertainment with Killing Medusa (Classic Rock), Mystic Dub (Reggae), Old Dudes Rock (Classic Rock ‘n Roll), The Great Indoors (Alternative Rock), FEATURING Kari Lynch (Country) and Steve Rivers (Country Rock). After the fireworks, the fun continues with Front Street Alliance!
12:30-4:30 pm Wildlife Encounters! in Balyeat Field
Join Howard Christensen Nature Center for an unforgettable encounter with wildlife of North America.
Live reptiles, activities for kids and answers to all your questions!
Plus, find out how you can become a caretaker of North America’s wildlife in this
12:30-4:30 pm Backyard Games
Let’s play! Join us for some backyard games that will challenge your skills! (Games geared toward school-age kids.)
12:30-4:30 pm Petting Zoo in Balyeat Field
Hands-on petting zoo while the Jolly 4-H’ers teach about farm animals.
Hand washing area available and always encouraged.
Sponsor: Daily Deals Food Outlet
1-4 pm Stay & Play Kid Zone in Balyeat Field
Fun activities, crafts, and excitement for the family! In memory of Patti Olin.
1-4 pm Sparta Fire Department Waterball Contest in Balyeat Field Parking Lot
1-4 pm La Placita de los Ninos in Balyeat Field
Children’s booth with free arts and crafts, games, prizes, face painting and information on community resources.
1:30-3:30 pm Ray Champion, One Man Band
2 pm 10th Annual John Beuschel Memorial Antique Tractor Pull at the Sparta Airport, 9100 Vinton NW (Entrance onVinton, south of 11 Mile)
1957 and older. $10 per class entry fee. Pull on transfer sled. Call Harvey at 616-642-6239 for registration info. Admission: $4 for people 12 years and older, $1 for people 11 and under. Concessions Available.
Sponsors: Beuschel Sales, Ottawa Kent Insurance, and Weingartz
5 pm Bike Giveaway at the Balyeat Field Pedestrian Bridge
FREE!!! Get your ticket for the drawing – One boy’s bike and one girl’s bike will be given away. MUST be present to win!
6 pm Mini Draft Pony Pull at Balyeat Field
Free! Real horse power!
6:30 pm The Amazing Champion Magic Show in Balyeat Field, Kids Stage
6:45 pm Summer Music Series in Balyeat Field
6:45 – Steve Rivers (Country/Country Rock)
8:30 – Kari Lynch (Country)
10:15 – FIREWORKS!
10:45 – Front Street Alliance (Classic & Current Rock)
7 pm Sparta Rodeo at Sparta Rodeo Grounds
More information at spartarodeo.com!
7pm Balyeat Bubble Soccer in Balyeat Field
Get together a two-person team for a hilarious soccer scrimmage. For kids 11 years old and up
Sponsors: ASI Automation, Once Upon a Child
8-midnight North Kent Eagles Club 186 E. Division
Open all day to the public with live entertainment featuring The Bottom Line Band. Open license. Pull tabs and Keno available.
10:15 pm FIREWORKS SHOW! in Balyeat Field
Show best viewed from Balyeat Field! Rain date is Sunday, July 17. Be sure to watch Facebook, WZZM 13 and WOOD TV 8 for rain delay information.
Sponsors: Hessel Cheslek Funeral Home, ASI Automation, Bradford Dairy Farms and Cascade Die Casting, Rogue River Community Credit Union