2013 Michigan State Fair

Are you looking for plans this Labor Day weekend?

When is the last time you went to a Michigan State Fair?

For the second straight year in a row, the city of Novi is hosting the Michigan State Fair. This year’s features will include the Detroit Shrine Circus, Michigan beer, plenty of animals and so much more. Today, we wanted to share with you all about the fair.

For many of us, there are many wonderful memories that surround the Michigan State Fair that was hosted in Detroit. It was sad when the annual event was canceled in 2009.

The History of the Michigan State Fair

Did you know that the Michigan State Fair started in Detroit in 1849? It had the honor of being one of the first statewide fair events to take place in the U.S. It moved to its former home at the Michigan State Fairgrounds on Woodward Avenue in 1905. Unfortunately, the fair was canceled in 2009 due to lack of funding.

In 2012, the fair was again celebrated in Novi, Michigan and is now in its second year this Labor Day weekend. According to the Michigan State Fair website, the fair does not receive state aid and is privately sponsored by the Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair.

2013 Michigan State Fair Details

  • When: Friday, August 30 through Monday, September 2
  • Time: Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 am to 11:00 pm o Monday: 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
  • Where: Suburban Collection Showplace at 46100 Grand River Avenue, between Novi and Beck Road in Novi, MI.
  • Fair Admission Fees:
    • Advanced tickets: $6.00 - Adults and children 12 and older, $5.00 - Children 11 and under.
    • Tickets at the Gate: $8.00 - Adults and children 12 and older, $6.00 - Children 11 and under.
    • Children under 35 inches in height that are accompanied by a paid adult admission will be admitted at no charge.

Note: These admission prices apply only to the indoor exhibits, livestock, agriculture and home arts shows. Circus performance and carnival rides have additional costs. To preorder tickets online and for more information, please see: Michigan State Fair Tickets

The Daily Contests

While there is so much to do at the fair this year, there will also be daily contests that include:

  • Pie Eating
  • Watermelon Seed Spitting
  • Ice Cream Eating
  • Longest Pony Tail/Longest Beard or Mustache
  • Potato Sack Race

Farmers Market

This year will include a Farmers Market full of homegrown, homemade and Michigan made products. The Farmer’s Market will last all weekend. Make sure to stop by and support the local business.

The Entertainment

There will be plenty of entertainment for you and your family to enjoy this weekend. Featured artists include Marshal Crenshaw, the Steven Mullan Band, and Stewart Franke.

Detroit Shrine Circus

Our hometown Shrine Circus will be performing all weekend. Shows are daily at 12 pm, 2:30 pm, 5 pm and 7:30 pm.

This year the circus will also include the World Famous Wallendars. The Wallendars are a famous family circus and some may say the most famous family in history. The Wallendar family has not been back to the Michigan State Fair since 1962 when during their seven-person chair pyramid, one man wavered and the pyramid collapsed. Three of the seven fell to the ground killing one and injuring 2 others.

This year, the famed circus family will return for the first time since that tragedy. Rick Wallenda, the eldest grandson of the founders, says his “family is honored to be returning the Michigan and looking very forward to introducing our new troupe to all at the Michigan State Fair.”

If you are looking for more on the Michigan State Fair, please make sure to visit their website for tickets and more information at: www.MichiganStateFairLLC.com

What part of the Michigan State Fair are you most excited for?