The Michigan State Fair 2013 festival is sure to be one of the events in the mitten state not to miss with expected attendance for the Novi Michigan event over 50,000 strong for this years great line up.
Expected attendance: over 50,000
Dates: August 30 – September 2, 2013
Location of the State Fair of Michigan 2013 festival
Official line up of Events and Concert at the Michigan state fair 2013
Livestock shows: Fri, Sat, Sun 10AM–10PM Mon 10AM–5PM
Agriculture & Indoor Vendor Booths: Fri, Sat, Sun 10AM–10PM Mon 10AM–5PM
Midway carnival in Michigan: : Fri, Sat, Sun 10AM–11PM Mon 10AM–9PM
Crazy Dawn Circus Entertainment: Daily 12PM, 2:30PM, 5:00PM, 7:30PM No 7:30PM performance on Monday Labor Day
Entertainment Stage, Beer Garden, Outdoor Vendors: Not announced yet
History of the Michigan State Fair:
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).
On October 30, 2009, Governor Jennifer Granholm cut all funding to the Michigan State fair. Attendance peaked at 1.2 million in 1966. In 2009 the fair attracted 217,000 visitors. The state fair was not held in 2010 & 2011.
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. 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. 
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.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 our state’s second leading economic industry. An event to celebrate the traditions of the past and the agricultural technology of the future has been reborn.
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 will take place August 31 through September 3, 2012 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in the Detroit suburb of Novi. 
via Michigan State Fair – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.