Top reasons the State Fair of Michigan 2014 will be the best ever!

State Fair of Michigan 2014 – The State Fair of Michigan is going to be something special!  Now celebrating 90 Years of Blue Ribbon Traditions – See you at the Fair August 29, 2014 – September 1, 2014 Find them on Twitter @MIStateFair1 #MIStateFair.

Dates of the Michigan State Fair

The dates of the State Fair of Michigan is typically held in mid Augustand is one of the best state fairs in the nation! This year the state fair will be held August 29, 2014 – September 1, 2014.

Michigan state fair 2014
Michigan state fair

State Fair of MI Updates

Here are some updates and top 10 things to know about the official state fair.

Michigan State Fair has a new home @ the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi! The privately produced Fair honors the great Fair legacy with new twist!

Novi, MIchigan

Location and directions to the MI State Fair

Here’s the official address for the MI State Fair for 2014.

46100 Grand River Ave.
Novi, Michigan 48374
Phone (248) 348-5600

Fair Only Pass: For livestock, home arts, indoor exhibits, entertainment and beer garden only

  • In Advance
    – $6: Adults, and children 12 and older
    – $5: Children 11 and under
  • At the Gate
    – $8: Adults, and children 12 and older
    – $6: Children 11 and under

Ultimate Wristband: For all exhibits, entertainment, one circus performance and unlimited midway riders

  • In Advance
    – $25: Adults, and all children 36 inches tall or above
    – $10: Toddler Wristband* – for children 35 inches or less admission to the circus, and State of Michigan mandated allowable carnival attractions (Crazy Bus, Merry-Go-Round, and Elephants rides only)
  • At the Gate:
    – $30: Adults, and all children 36 inches tall or above
    – $10: Toddler Wristband* – for children 35 inches or less admission to the circus, and State of Michigan mandated allowable carnival attractions (Crazy Bus, Merry-Go-Round, and Elephants rides only)

* Please note: access to carnival rides have certain height restrictions established by the manufacturer and enforced by the State of Michigan, and riding these rides may be prohibited or require the child be accompanied by a chaperone paid adult admission.

State Fair of MI 

Facebook page: Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair

Paragraph:Food, fun, rides and family entertainment for nine award-winning days and nights. Featuring special ticketed performances by big-name musical acts.
The Michigan State Fair needs your help. The nations oldest state fair and one of Michigan’s most treasured traditions is in danger of being “blown away”. Established in 1849, the Michigan State Fair was over 160 years old when an ill considered decision was made to stop holding the annual state fair.
The purported reason was that Michigan could not afford to cover any financial losses of the fair and that the State should focus on creating jobs and helping the economy. That reason does not seem to be rational considering that the annual cost of closing and maintaining an unused fairgrounds is much greater than the average accounting losses in recent years. In addition, discontinuing the Michigan State Fair and closing the fairgrounds only contributes to job loss and further erodes the economy of Southeast Michigan.
Regardless of the stated reasons for discontinuing the fair, the State of Michigan has a law that REQUIRES that the State conduct the annual Michigan State Fair. Please contact your State elected officials and let them know that you are concerned about the possible loss of a Michigan treasure as well as being concerned about elected officials in the executive branch who refuse to carry out their sworn duties.

State Fair Camping and lodging info

If you’re thinking of staying in Novi then here’s some information you’d want to know about the Michigan State Fair.

  • Family Friendly Dump Stations
  • Gift Shop Free Parking
  • Group Rates
  • Internet: WiFi
  • Live Entertainment
  • MasterCard
  • Meeting Facilities
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Restaurant/Dining
  • Restroom Facilities
  • RV Tent Sites with Truck parking

History of the State Fair of Michigan

Paragraph on the history – When you visit the MI State Fair you can expect to find a whole world of livestock animals, horse shows, competitive exhibits, entertainment, ag education, concerts and carnival rides galore!! We’re thrilled to offer you a wide variety of attractions and are sure that there is something for everyone in your family to enjoy.
2014 Information Coming Soon!

Michigan State Fair – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The first official Michigan State Fair was held in 1849, which is claimed by the state of Michigan to be the oldest state fair in the United States. The first fair was held in Detroit, Michigan. Subsequent fairs were held in other cities until it received its permanent home in 1905 at the Michigan State Fairgrounds in Detroit.

In 1904, Joseph L. Hudson, together with three of his associates, decided to give the State Fair its permanent home. They formed the State Fair Land Company, which acquired 135 acres (0.55 km2) between 7½ and 8 Mile Roads, east of Woodward Avenue. Because Hudson had no interest in running the fair, he sold the land to the Michigan State Agricultural Society for one dollar on April 18, 1905. The Agricultural Society accepted the land then purchased an additional 32 acres (130,000 m2), extending the fairgrounds to 167 acres (0.68 km2). Throughout the following years, additional land was purchased and sold. The present size of the fairgrounds is 164 acres (0.66 km2).

Michigan State Fairgrounds Coliseum, also known as the Hockeytown State Fair Coliseum, is a 5,600-seat multi-purpose arena located on the fairgrounds. Two NASCAR races were held at a one-mile track at the fairgrounds. Tommy Thompson won the 1951 event and Tim Flock won in 1952.[1]

On October 30, 2009, Governor Jennifer Granholm vetoed legislation to provide funding to the Michigan State Fair.[2][3] Attendance peaked at 1.2 million in 1966. In 2009 the fair attracted 217,000 visitors.[4] The state fair was not held in the following two years.

On April 9, 2012, Governor Rick Snyder signed Senate Bill 515 and House Bill 4803, which would authorize the transfer of the fairgrounds land to the Land Bank Fast Track Authority, which would oversee the land for future development, including plans for a station for the proposed commuter rail service.[6][7]

In 2011 Great Lakes Agricultural Fair, a 501 C (3) organization, was created to provide a resurgence and rising of an agricultural event that had historically provided a rich a meaningful venue for the state of Michigan. The agricultural industry is Michigan’s second leading economic industry.

The Great Lakes State Fair is a not-for-profit organization committed to excellence in providing opportunities for development and promotion of agriculture, education,industry and family entertainment while preserving our Michigan Heritage. The Great Lakes State Fair will enhance the “Quality of Life” for all citizens throughout Michigan and will offer a wide venue of activities to meet and exceed expectations. The fair is being built upon the root-strength and tradition of our previous state fairs and will become a showcase for so many assets of Michigan.

The Great Lakes State Fair took place August 31 through September 3, 2012 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in the Detroit suburb of Novi.[8][9]

via Michigan State Fair – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

State Fair Attractions of past events at the Michigan State Fair

Here are some of the hit performances and bands that showed up for the MI State Fair.

The Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair is here! The highly anticipated event runs this weekend in Novi.

The fair is open 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday through Sunday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday. Below is all of the information you need to know to plan your visit, including schedules for the midway rides, circus, contests and entertainment.

Feel free to print this off to take it with you, and don’t forget to come back to Patch to share your photos!

Location & Parking
The fair is being held at the Suburban Collection Showplace, located at 46100 Grand River Avenue between Beck Road and Novi Road in Novi. If you’re coming from outside of Novi, you can take the Beck Road or the Novi Road exit from I-96.

Parking is available at the Showplace for $5.

Ticket Prices
All-inclusive tickets at the gate (includes access to all exhibits, unlimited midway rides; does not include circus performances or carnival rides):
Advance: $6 – Adults and children 12 and older, $5 – Children 11 and under
At the gate: $8 – Adults and children 12 and older, $6 – Children 11 and under
Ultimate wristband (includes access to a full day of carnival rides, the exhibit hall, the agriculture and home arts shows, free entertainment and one circus performance):
Advance: $25
At the gate: $30
Toddler wristband (for children 35 inches or less in height and provides admission to the circus, State of Michigan mandated allowable carnival attractions and the fair exhibit and entertainment area when accompanied by an adult):

Advance and at the gate: $10
*Children under 35 inches, and accompanied by a paid adult admission, are admitted to the Michigan State Fair at no charge. This applies only to the indoor exhibits and livestock, it excludes circus performances and carnival rides.

Vendors & Exhibit Hall
The Exhibit Hall, with all of the fair’s vendors and the Farmers’ Market, will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday through Sunday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday.

Midway Hours & Info
The midway will have rides like the merry-go-round and two Ferris wheels. The midway will also have several carnival games for fair-goers to play.

Fill yourself with yummy treats on the midway like elephant ears, deep-fried Twinkies and Oreos, corn dogs, cotton candy, hot dogs, hamburgers and french fries.

Hours are as follows:

Friday-Sunday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Monday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Circus Performance Times
Detroit’s own Shrine Circus will entertain crowds with musical clowns and animal acts, including ponies, canines, tigers and elephants. Aerial daredevils will perform death defying feats on motorcycles, roller skates and in giant wheels and massive swings. Your all-inclusive ticket gets you into one free viewing of the show.

Performances from 2013 schedule:

2:30 p.m.
5 p.m.
7:30 p.m. (except Monday)

Entertainment Schedule

2 p.m. Karley Davidson

3:30 p. m Winner Take All
5 p.m The Shorn Road Band


11 a.m. Me & My Friends
1:15 p.m. Detroit Soul Men
2:15 p.m Alexa Spierling
3 p.m 1st Annual Michigan State Fair Choir
3:30 p.m. KayLyn Pace and the KayLyn Pace Band
4:30 p.m. Step In Line Dancers
5 p.m. Freddy Keys


11 a.m. Gratitude Steel Band
12:30 p.m. Mindy Callahan
1:45 p.m. Benjamin Hoppe/Hoppe Family
2:45 p.m. Flood Gate
4 p.m. Tim Reeves


11 a.m. Outside Detroit
12:15 p.m. Fady Yasso
1:30 p.m. Raft
2:45 p.m. Detroit Soul Men
4 p.m. Gratitude Steel Band
Evening Entertainment


7-8:15 p.m. Ryan Dillaha & The Miracle Men
8:45-11 p.m. Stewart Francke


7-8:15 p.m. Steven Mullan Band
8:45-11 p.m. Marshall Crenshaw


5:30 – 6:15 p.m. Stereo Jane
7-8:15 p.m. Delilah DeWylde & The Lost Boys
8:45-11 p.m. George Bedard & The Kingpins

Contest Schedule
All contests held at Contest Central in the Exhibit Hall.


11:30 a.m. Carrot Drop
12:30 p.m. Hot Dog Eating
1:30 p.m. Pie Eating
2:30 p.m Watermelon Seed Spitting
3:30 p.m Ice Cream Eating
5:30 p.m Milk Mustache

11:30 a.m. Diaper Derby
12:30 p.m .Longest PonyTail/Longest Beard or Mustache
1:30 p.m Pie Eating
2:30 p.m Twin, Triplets, Oh My!
2:30 p.m Mother/Daughter and Father/Son Look-alike
3:30 p.m. Husband and Wife Calling
4:30 p.m. Hula Hoop
5:30 p.m. Pasta Eating

11:30 a.m. Potato Sack Race
12:30 p.m. Corn-on-the-Cob Eating
1:30 p.m. Pie Eating
2:30 p.m Husband and Wife Calling
3:30 p.m. Frozen T-Shirt
4:30 p.m. Hula Hoop
5:30 p.m. Milk Mustache

11:30 a.m. Potato Sack Race
1:30 p.m Pie Eating
2:30 p.m Ice Cream Eating
3:30 p.m Watermelon Seed Spitting

What are you looking forward to most at the Michigan State Fair? Tell us in the comments.

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