Harness racing delivers excitement to Western Michigan Fair

August 6, 2018 GMT

On a sun-drenched, dusty day in Ludington, the Western Michigan Fair delivered an exciting day of harness racing Sunday. Races continue today, with post time at 2 p.m.

In all, 22 horses circled the half-mile track in eight races, with each race being two laps — one mile in length.

“This really takes me back a lot of years,” said Clifford Daniels, 74, of Breckenridge. “I grew up attending (harness) races all across the middle part of the state, sometimes three or four a summer.

“I haven’t seen one in 20 years, and when I read about this one, we decided to come over for the day. I’m enjoying it — it takes me back.”


Kirk Myers, past-president of the fair board, sat in the grandstands and helped to handout prizes between each race. The prizes were donated by various Ludington businesses.

“We didn’t have it (harness racing) for so many years, and now we’ve had it for two years in a row,” said Myers. “I like that. I’m encouraged seeing so many young people.”

See Monday’s Ludington Daily News print of e-Edition for full story