2015 Annual Michigan State Fair

It’s State Fair Season!

The end of summer is upon us and with that comes the start of the annual Michigan State Fair! The big fair starts tomorrow and runs from September 4th to September 7th. If you haven’t made plans for Labor Day weekend yet, pack up the RV and take your family to the Michigan State Fair! There will be plenty of fun, food, music and activities throughout this three day event. If you’re looking to have some fun this weekend check out the events going on at the Michigan State Fair.

Animals

The Michigan state fair is definitely not lacking in the animal exhibits. For all you animal lovers out there, be sure to stop by the Equestrian Pavilion, the most popular tradition of the original Michigan State fair. Here you will see many world famous riders and horses that call Michigan their home. The new horse program at this years fair will include English(Hunt and Saddle Seat), Western Equitation, Pleasure class, Barrel Racing, Reining and pulling events. 

If you’re an animal lover and especially a lover of baby animals then check out the Beginning of Life Baby Animal Exhibit. Here you will be able to stop by and say hello to the newly born farm animals and their mothers.  Bring your kids and let them learn about the miracle of life. The Michigan state fair takes great pride in the health and well-being of their animals. Unlike many state fairs across the country, the Michigan state fair does not practice pre-planned livestock breeding schedules, which allow the animals to have live births to occur during their events. After years of observation the fairs livestock management experts have found that this practice is very stressful for the mother and their babies. The Michigan state fair prefers to show baby animals that have been born recently but that are old enough to not be stressed out by the fair experience. Now that’s an idea we can get behind! 

Speaking of animals, if you haven’t seen it already, then you must see the Michigan Butter Cow! The amazing butter sculpture is a mixture of art, agriculture and hundreds of pounds of butter. The Michigan Butter cow was created by longtime sculptor Tom Paul Fitzgerald and each year he sculpts a different breed of cow to represent the various dairy breeds that supply the milk that is transformed into butter. How cool is that?

One more animal event to check out while you’re at the fair is the Rock-N-Roll K-9’s Performance Team. Watch experience handlers work side by side their canine companions in a delightful performance of acrobatics. You’ll see these amazing canine stars performing Grand Prix racing, tricks, team relay racing, high jumping, musical mats, fly ball, choreographed obedience routines, barrel racing, Scooby Says and a whole lot more! Each show will be mixed with audience participation, special effects, comedy and all to the beats of famous Rock & Roll music. This is one event you don’t want to miss!

Competitions

Feeling a little competitive? Don’t worry there are many competitions you can enter into or just have fun watching at the Michigan State Fair. There will baking contests, bubblegum blowing, hot dog eating, hula hoop and many other fun contests to spectate. Maybe sewing and knitting is your strong suit, if it is, then there is a “Make it with Wool” contest. One thing is for sure, the State Fair has more than it’s share of contests going on, everyone in the family is sure to be entertained!

Live Music and Entertainment

The fair will also feature musical entertainment from some of Michigan’s finest emerging artists. Grab a seat and soak up the sounds of Michigan at the fair’s entertainment stage. Not only will there be musical performances at the fair, but also circus performers as well. If you’ve ever wanted to see some wild acrobatic performances, now is your chance to see the Shrine Circus performers in action. Watch these amazing performers swing upside down from the trapeze or breathe fire! You’ll also get to see some phenomenal animals such as Elephants and Tigers! Oh my! Once you’ve seen the circus, get ready for thrills and rides at the Midway. Here you’ll find games and rides for kids of all ages. This year the fair will be expanding the midway, plus they will have a “Tiny Totville” for young children who aren’t quite ready for the big thrills. 

There will be plenty of things to do this year at the Michigan State Fair. Be sure to check it out and prepare to have some fun!  If you are plan on camping in your RV, the spaces are on a first come, first serve basis and cost $165.00 per space. There is limited electrical and water services available on site. Some things to keep in mind is that there are no sewage services for dumping on site, no water for camper hook up, no gray water disposal facilities and only a 20 amp electrical watt will be available. If you need further information call 248-348-6942. Don’t miss your chance to have some great fun this year at the 2015 Michigan State Fair!

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